Stephen Jackson Skeptical Of Antonio Brown Accuser, Sides With AB

NFL Preseason Green Bay Packers at Oakland Raiders

"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 team's statement said.

Brown is expected to make his debut against the Miami Dolphins in Week 2 - barring a possible suspension or being placed on the exempt list by the National Football League for sexual assault allegations made against the veteran receiver.

In the lawsuit, Brown is accused of sexually assaulting a female acquaintance, Britney Taylor, on three separate occasions. Taylor alleges that Brown "forced her down onto a bed, pushed her face into the mattress, and forcibly raped her". The NFL and the Patriots say they are investigating.

Yet, in the first images from Brown's time at Patriots practice, it was clear that he wasn't wearing the Xenith Shadow or even the helmet he wore in preseason warmups with Oakland.

Taylor said Brown reached out to her via Facebook in June 2017 and asked the former gymnast for help with improving his strength and flexibility.

"New England found out about it (Tuesday night)".

It took awhile but Antonio Brown finally returned to social media, but this time as a member of the New England Patriots. "We will have no further comment while that investigation takes place". That special designation, which is used at the discretion of Goodell to allow the league to conduct investigations into possible violations of the league's personal conduct policy, would prevent Brown from practicing or attending games while on the list.

Brown, 31, officially signed a one-year contract worth up to $15 million with the Patriots on Monday. Darren Heitner, a lawyer representing Brown, told The Associated Press his client plans to countersue.

He offers a hypothetical rebuttal from Taylor's legal team, suggesting that Brown could enjoy bias or favoritism from law enforcement because of his status as a celebrity. He said his department has no record of the incident, and there were never any reports of sexual assault at Brown's house in Pine.

With Brown at practice, that means there's definitely a chance that he could be making his Patriots debut on Sunday against the Dolphins.

Brown agreed to a deal with the defending Super Bowl champions hours after the Raiders let him go, granting his request.

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