ALAMEDA – Raiders right tackle Trent Brown has been accused of domestic violence in a civil lawsuit filed in Alameda County on Tuesday by his ex-girlfriend and mother of his son. He’s being sued for unspecified damages over incidents of domestic violence and for violating an oral and implied “non-marital partnership agreement” where Brown allegedly promised to financially support his now ex-girlfriend and their son for life.
News of the civil suit broke on Wednesday morning, with details of several incidents of domestic violence.
Brown denied those claims later on Wednesday in a statement issued on social media.
I am aware that my ex-girlfriend has filed a civil suit against me. I deny the claims. They are false. I believe in the court system where I will clear my name. I will not be making any further comment at this time.— Trent Brown (@Trent) October 16, 2019
Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said Wednesday that the team was aware of the suit filed against Brown and was looking into the matter but wouldn't comment further.
An NFL spokesman said the league will review the matter. It will be determined if Brown violated the league’s personal conduct policy, which does not require a criminal charge or conviction to issue punishment.
A league investigation into the matter is possible, and the NFL could place him on the commissioner’s exempt list while looking into the matter. That’s not in any way certain, considering Antonio Brown played for the Patriots while the league looked into a federal civil lawsuit alleging multiple counts of sexual assault.
Plaintiff Diora Marzette-Sanders’ lawyer, Waukeen McCoy, also issued a statement after the lawsuit alleging domestic violence was filed.
“Accountability is important for all individuals, regardless of their profession. I am proud that my client is taking a stand and setting an example for all women who are in a similar situation.”
Brown missed Wednesday’s practice with a calf strain of unknown severity suffered in a Monday workout.