Antonio Brown participated in his first practice with the New England Patriots, a day after his former trainer filed a civil lawsuit accusing him of sexually assaulting her. Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick did not field any questions about Brown, as they prepare to face the Miami Dolphins. The Patriots say they are taking the allegations very seriously, and will comment further after the NFL’s investigation is complete.
The former trainer, Britney Taylor filed a federal civil lawsuit on Tuesday in Florida, she’s accusing Brown of rape and encounters that ended in sexual assault on three occasions. Taylor is a former gymnast, who lives in Memphis and says it was a hard decision to come forward. But in a statement she says “speaking out removes the shame,” and adds she will fully cooperate with the NFL investigation. Brown’s attorney, Darren Heitner, posted a lengthy statement to his website saying “Mr. Brown denies each and every allegation in the lawsuit.” He writes that Brown and Taylor had a consensual personal relationship and any sexual acts were consensual. He adds Brown will aggressively defend himself.