Sunday, 20 October, 2019


Brown focused on football as sexual assault probe mounts

Nike drops NFL star Antonio Brown amid rape allegations Nike drops endorsement deal with Patriots WR Antonio Brown
Noah Ferguson | 20 September, 2019, 05:31

In a video posted in June 2018, Brown stated, "I am getting a huge Nike deal". Brown denied all claims in a statement from his attorney.

Brown is accused of three incidents of sexual assault in a civil suit by his former trainer.

The NFL is now investigating allegations made by Brown's former personal trainer, who filed a civil lawsuit earlier this month accusing Brown of sexual assault and rape during a series of incidents in 2017 and 2018. His business relationships with Pizza Hut and Campbell's Soup also expired this year, and last week, Xenith also ended its relationship with Brown.

The lawsuit was filed one day after Brown signed his contract with the Patriots. Brown's relationship with the Raiders deteriorated, and when Oakland released him on September 7, the Patriots signed him later the same day. Days later, Brown faced a second allegation after an unnamed artist told "Sports Illustrated" that he exposed himself to her while she worked on a mural Brown had commissioned for a Pittsburgh-area home. Other sponsors had dropped the Patriots wide receiver before the rape allegation, including Campbell's, Pizza Hut and Facebook.

"I'm super grateful to be here, to play for Bill Belichick and Tom Brady", Brown said. "I'm just here to focus on ball".

"I got a lot of the offense to learn and catch up on, " he continued.

The NFL has interviewed Taylor and continues to investigate, but it is not known whether the league will interview Brown.

Brown called working with Brady a "tremendous honor", saying he is a "great guy to be around" who inspires teammates.

AB: It's football. I'm grateful to play football. The receiver is expected to make his Gillette Stadium debut Sunday when the Patriots host the New York Jets.

"Any time you walk in the doors here you know to do your best for the team", Brown said. I walk in here, I just want to make sure I'm preparing to be my best.

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