Brown de­nies rape al­le­ga­tion

In law­suit, new Patriots WR ac­cused of sex­ual as­sault by for­mer trainer

Baltimore Sun - - SCOREBOARD -

Patriots wide re­ceiver An­to­nio Brown has been ac­cused of rape by a for­mer trainer.

Brit­ney Taylor says Brown sex­u­ally as­saulted her on three oc­ca­sions, ac­cord­ing to a law­suit filed Tues­day in the South­ern Dis­trict of Florida.

Brown has de­nied the al­le­ga­tions. Dar­ren Heit­ner, a lawyer rep­re­sent­ing Brown, says it was “a con­sen­sual per­sonal re­la­tion­ship.”

The New York Times first re­ported about the law­suit.

Mes­sages were left seek­ing com­ment from the Patriots and the NFL.

Brown was re­leased by the Raiders last week af­ter clash­ing with the team t hrough­out t rain­ing camp. He agreed to a con­tract with the Patriots on Saturday, but didn’t play in the Su­per Bowl cham­pi­ons’ sea­son-open­ing win against the Steelers on Sun­day night.

Watch it: Odell Beck­ham Jr.’s tak­ing a stand against the NFL on his lav­ish wrist wear.

Beck­ham said that he in­tends to keep wear­ing his $190,000 Richard Mille watch that he had on dur­ing Sun­day’s sea­son opener against the Ti­tans. The showy wide re­ceiver be­lieves the league has made an is­sue out of his jewelry only be­cause it’s him.

A league spokesman had said there’s no rule pro­hibit­ing play­ers from wear­ing jewelry. How­ever there is a pol­icy “pro­hibit­ing hard ob­jects.”

Jets get WR Thomas: The Jets ac­quired wide re­ceiver De­mary­ius Thomas from the Patriots for a 2021 sixth-round draft pick, ac­cord­ing to re­ports.

Thomas, 31, a four-time Pro Bowler, played for Jets coach Adam Gase from 2010-14 when Gase was wide re­ceivers coach and then of­fense co­or­di­na­tor with the Broncos.

Also, the Jets waived Kaare Ved­vik two days af­ter he missed an ex­tra point and 45-yard field goal in a one-point loss to the Bills and signed Sam Ficken as his re­place­ment.

And de­fen­sive tackle Nathan Shep­herd was sus­pended six games by the league for vi­o­lat­ing its per­for­mance- en­hanc­ing drug pol­icy.

Ex­tra points: The Tex­ans signed C Nick Martin to a three-year, $33 mil­lion ex­ten­sion through the 2022 sea­son. ... The Buc­ca­neers signed S An­drew Adams. Terms of the deal weren’t avail­able.

JEFF CHIU/AP

An­to­nio Brown, now with the Patriots, was ac­cused of rape in a law­suit filed Tues­day in fed­eral court.

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