If anyone thought Antonio brown was going to change because Robert Kraft signs his checks, it looks like they were wrong.
The former Raiders receiver has been a member of the Patriots for all of 11 days, but the focus hasn't been on football.
Brown currently is facing a federal lawsuit for sexual assault in which his former trainer, Britney Taylor, alleges Brown "forcibly raped her." Taylor met with the NFL earlier this week as the league looks into disciplining Brown over the allegations.
On Monday, Sports Illustrated's Robert Klemko broke a story highlighting a number of odd and disturbing behaviors Brown has exhibited over the past few years, with another woman accusing Brown of sexual misconduct. The woman is an artist who Brown hired to paint a mural in his Pennsylvania house, and she alleges Brown made unwanted sexual advances toward her, including standing behind her naked while holding a small towel over his genitals.
New tonight: Antonio Brown sent our source from Monday’s story menacing group text messages, including a picture of her children with instructions for his associates to investigate her.
Her lawyer wrote the NFL calling for the intimidation to stop. https://t.co/rCTM8WSI6Z pic.twitter.com/QtONzBf7Ig— robertklemko (@RobertKlemko) September 20, 2019
In the group text, a person believed to be Brown, asks some of his associates to "look into her background." He then sent a picture of the artist's kids in the thread and said, "those her kids... she’s awful broke clearly."
Lisa J. Banks, an attorney for the artist, sent the NFL a letter following the threatening messages from Brown.
"Our client ... is understandably frightened by these text messages, which are clearly intended to threaten and intimidate her,” the lawyer wrote, via Klemko. “While she certainly qualifies as a ‘starving artist,’ she has never approached Mr. Brown, nor will she, about seeking money to compensate her for his sexual misconduct, contrary to his allegations in the text messages."
Klemko asked the man believed to be Brown in the thread if the allegations were true, to which he responded: "foh clown."
The NFL responded to the letter and set up a phone call with the investigators for the league and the artist's attorney, per Klemko.
Brown spoke to the media Thursday for the first time since signing with the Patriots following his wild offseason with the Raiders that included frostbitten feet, a helmet grievance, an altercation with general manager Mike Mayock and illegally recorded phono call with head coach Jon Gruden.
Brown answered four questions Thursday, none about the allegations against him.