Foxborough, MA – The same day that wide receiver Antonio Brown joined the New England Patriots at their Foxborough training facility, his former trainer filed a lawsuit that accused him of raping her multiple times.
Brown was released by the Oakland Raiders on Sept. 7 after a series of controversies, including a confrontation where he allegedly called the team’s general manager a “cracker,” The New York Times reported.
He was signed by the New England Patriots only a few hours later with a one-year, $15 million contract, according to ABC News.
On Tuesday, Brown’s former classmate and trainer from Central Michigan University filed a lawsuit in federal court in Florida alleging that the football player sexually assaulted her three times, The New York Times reported.
Britney Taylor’s lawsuit claimed that the future NFL player sexually assaulted the gymnast while they were both students at the university and Brown was playing on the football team.
The suit alleged that Brown kissed the now-28-year-old Taylor without her permission in June of 2017 and then later the same month, exposed himself to her and kissed her without consent while they were training in his Pittsburgh home.
The New York Times reported that Brown is accused of masturbating behind Taylor while the two were watching a church service on her iPad in Brown’s home in Miami.
The lawsuit claimed that Brown then ejaculated on Taylor’s back.
Afterwards, Brown bragged about that incident in text messages that were included in the lawsuit.
“I jack my dick on your back !” Brown texted Taylor.
Then he went on to write about how he and another person “laugh about this s--t me busing on your back” and followed that with two laughing emojis, The New York Times reported.
That’s when Taylor stopped being a trainer for Brown.
However, the lawsuit said that Brown contacted Taylor several months later and apologized, The New York times reported.
The suit said that Brown told Taylor he would stop any sexual advances.
Despite that promise, Taylor alleged that Brown forced her onto a bed on May 20, 2018 and then pushed her face into the mattress and raped her, The New York Times reported.
The lawsuit claimed that Taylor tried to stop Brown and screamed and shouted “no” and “stop” but the future professional football player continued what he was doing and raped her.
Brown’s lawyer said that the wide receiver had sex with Taylor at least one time but said “any sexual interaction with Mr. Brown was entirely consensual,” according to the New York Times.
Taylor told at least three people about the rape shortly after it happened.
The New York Times reported that Taylor told her mother, Brown’s chef, and a member of her church who convinced her to go public with the story.
“As a rape victim of Antonio Brown, deciding to speak out has been an incredibly difficult decision,” Taylor said. “I have found strength in my faith, my family, and from the accounts of other survivors of sexual assault.”
Taylor said she would cooperate with National Football League (NFL) investigators, The New York Times reported.
“We take these allegations very seriously,” the New England Patriots said in a statement. “Under no circumstance 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.”
NFL representatives are expected to meet face-to-face with Taylor the week of Sept. 16, but it wasn’t known whether Brown would see the field for the Patriots against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, The Washington Post reported.
Taylor said she did not report the incidents to police and thus far, no police agency has said they have a record of any complaint being filed against Brown sexual assault, but the NFL may opt to put the Patriots’ new wide receiver on paid leave while their investigation continues anyway.
They can do so by placing him on the NFL commissioner’s “exempt” list and sources told The Washington Post that it was under consideration.
The paid leave was designed to give the NFL time to determine whether a player has violated the league’s personal conduct policy.
Darren Heitner, Brown’s attorney, said his client denied all of the allegations and has called Taylor’s lawsuit a “money grab,” according to The Washington Post.