The New England Patriots released wide receiver Antonio Brown Friday amid the NFL's investigation into accusations of rape and sexual assault against him by one woman and allegations that he sent threatening text messages to another woman who had accused him of inappropriate conduct. In a separate set of allegations, Britney Taylor has filed a lawsuit against Brown, accusing him of rape.
According to Sports Illustrated, which originally broke the story about the woman's accusations, her lawyer sent a letter to the National Football League alleging Brown was part of a group message that included threatening statements to the woman and photographs of her children. He then sent a screenshot of an Instagram photo she had posted showing the faces of her young children, adding "those her kids. she's bad broke clearly". It also contains pictures of the woman with her kids and it is constantly said that she is the broke mother of broke children.
"Our client ... is understandably frightened by these text messages, which are clearly meant to threaten and intimidate her", the lawyer wrote.
Rather than be placed on the commissioner's exempt list immediately following the allegations, Brown was allowed to be active for the Patriots in Week 2 after signing a one-year, $15 million deal with the team.
The accuser, whose name was not shared in the SI story, was included on this text chain, as was Brown's lawyer, Darren Heitner.
The unnamed artist claims she was propositioned by Brown. "I was about 40% done on the second day, and I'm on my knees painting the bottom, and he walks up to me butt-ass naked, with a hand cloth covering his [penis] and starts having a conversation with me". "After that, it all ended abruptly".
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Brown was originally traded from Pittsburgh to Oakland in the offseason.
"The New England Patriots are releasing Antonio Brown", a statement from the team reads. "But I'm not going to have any comment on any of the off-the-field situations or questions on that".
It was a similar tactic to one Belichick used last week when he requested no questions about Antonio Brown before walking out less than four minutes into his scheduled press conference.
Brown briefly spoke with reporters in the Patriots locker room on Thursday, his first time talking to the media since becoming a member of the team.
"I'm super grateful to be here", Brown said, according to the Boston Globe.
He tweeted a picture of himself and head coach Bill Belichick along with the caption: 'Thank you'.
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