Tom Brady Avoids Antonio Brown Discussion Amid Sexual Assault Allegations

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistSeptember 11, 2019

New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown works out during NFL football practice, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. Brown practiced with the team for the first time on Wednesday afternoon, a day after his former trainer filed a civil lawsuit in the Southern District of Florida accusing him of sexually assaulting her on three occasions. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady refused to address the sexual assault allegations against Antonio Brown at his press conference Wednesday. 

"I'm just trying to show up and play football. Miami's a good team," Brady told reporters. "Things that don't involve me, don't involve me."

In a lawsuit filed against Brown on Tuesday, Britney Taylor said the receiver sexually assaulted her on three occasions. Taylor worked with Brown as a trainer and said the assaults took place in 2017 and 2018. 

"We are aware of the civil lawsuit that was filed earlier today against Antonio Brown, as well as the response by Antonio's representatives," the Patriots said in a statement. "We take these allegations very seriously. Under no circumstances does this organization condone sexual violence or assault. The league has informed us that they will be investigating. We will have no further comment while that investigation takes place."

Brown has denied the allegations, saying they had a consensual sexual relationship. Brown's lawyer, Darren Heitner, said Brown plans to countersue Taylor.

The Patriots signed Brown on Saturday after he was released by the Oakland Raiders. He practiced Wednesday, but coach Bill Belichick said they were taking the situation day by day:

"On Antonio's situation, both Antonio and his representatives have made statements, so I'm not going to be expanding on any of those. They are what they are. We've looked into the situation. We're taking it very seriously, all the way through the organization. I'm sure there are questions, but I'm not going to be entering a discussion about that today."

Brown could be placed on the commissioner's exempt list, although there is not currently a criminal investigation. It is unclear if Taylor has been in contact with police regarding the incidents, however, Andy Sheehan of KDKA-TV reported Allegheny County (Pennsylvania) district attorney Stephen Zappala said his office will investigate the allegations. Zappala's office has jurisdiction over the first of the three alleged assaults which Taylor said occurred in Brown's Pittsburgh home.

Taylor said she has been dealing with "near-daily panic attacks and suicidal ideations" as a result of the incidents. 

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