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NFL rumors: Ex-Raider Antonio Brown sent threatening texts to his accuser

NFL rumors: Ex-Raider Antonio Brown sent threatening texts to his accuser

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.

On Thursday night, Klemko broke another story, this time that Brown now had sent the accuser "menacing" text messages that included pictures of the artist's children.

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.

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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.

Raiders' Derek Carr 'tired of being disrespected,' won't be opting out

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Raiders' Derek Carr 'tired of being disrespected,' won't be opting out

Derek Carr the person seems fairly uncomplicated. Husband. Father. Profoundly devoted to his faith. But his reputation as an NFL quarterback is more complex. He’s sort of an enigma in shoulder pads.

Numbers suggest Carr exists among a tier of players just behind those considered stars in the league at his position. Compare strictly his stats on a board of blind resumes and he more than holds his own among most.

But opinions about the Las Vegas Raiders leader vary like fashion trends. Have for a while now. And those who hold a skeptical view of Carr’s overall significance to the team’s pursuit of a championship only intensified in the off-season. All it took was the signing of former Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota.

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal

 

NFL rumors: Raiders-Vikings P.J. Hall trade axed after failed physical

NFL rumors: Raiders-Vikings P.J. Hall trade axed after failed physical

After two seasons with the Raiders, Jon Gruden had seen enough of defensive tackle P.J. Hall.

Hall, a second-round draft pick in 2018, was set to be released but the Raiders found a trade partner, sending Hall to the Minnesota Vikings for a seventh-round draft pick, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Monday.

But that trade was axed one day. NFL Media's Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero reported Tuesday the trade is over after Hall failed his physical. The Raiders now are expected to cut the D-tackle.

Hall never lived up to the hype after being a highly sought-after draft talent. Hall played in 30 games for the Raiders, logging 18 starts and recording 1.5 sacks, 48 combined tackles and seven quarterback hits.

The Sam Houston State product was set to enter training camp on the bubble. But with rosters being cut from 90 to 80 players due to the coronavirus pandemic, Hall was an easy cut for Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock to make.

"We're not a lone ranger," Gruden said of trimming down the roster before camp last week. "Everyone in the league is going through this. We have to do the best we can. It's not going to be an equitable, fair season. Some teams are going to be hit hard by this virus, some teams are not."

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In an effort to revamp their defensive line, the Raiders brought in defensive tackles Maliek Collins and Daniel Ross in the offseason as well as former Dallas Cowboys defensive line coach Rod Marinello.

With Collins, Ross, Maurice Hurst and Johnathan Hankins set to get the majority of snaps, there was no room for the underperforming Hall on the roster.

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