Brown, 31, is accused of raping his former trainer, a gymnast who identifies herself as Britney Taylor, in May 2018, according to a federal civil lawsuit filed on Tuesday and obtained by The New York Times.
Brown's legal team released a statement denying the allegations. One option the league has is to place Brown on the commissioner's exempt list, which would remove him from the active roster while allowing him to be paid. During her stay, Taylor says Brown exposed himself to her and grabbed and kissed her without her consent.
Taylor, who met Brown when both were students at Central Michigan University, included in her suit vulgar messages that Brown allegedly sent to her, referring to the instances of assault, The Times reports.
Zappala pushed back against said report Wednesday afternoon, noting that his office is not investigating the allegations and has no plans to do so.
The woman's filing alleges that she took and passed a lie detector test about the allegations. As the investigation gets underway, TMZ Sports caught up with Stephen Jackson to get his take on the matter, and Captain Jack made it clear that he's siding with AB.
Drew Rosenhaus, Brown's agent, told ESPN on Wednesday that he and his client were "anticipating this possibility" that a lawsuit would be filed, but he declined to say whether the Patriots knew of the looming lawsuit before signing Brown. The team will cooperate with any league investigation, the team spokesperson said in the same statement.
"As a rape victim of Antonio Brown, deciding to speak out has been an incredibly hard decision", Taylor said. At that point, she "cut off communications" with Brown before offering to train him again the following year, Heitner said.
With Brown at practice, that means there's definitely a chance that he could be making his Patriots debut on Sunday against the Dolphins. The Patriots announced on Tuesday that they were going to leave everything in the hands of the NFL.
"The Special Victims Bureau does not have any records of a sexual assault reported by the alleged victim, nor any reports where Antonio Brown is subject", a spokesperson from the Miami-Dade police told the paper.