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Antonio Brown accused of sexual assault, rape in federal lawsuit

Antonio Brown accused of sexual assault, rape in federal lawsuit

Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown has been accused of three separate incidents of sexual assault and rape, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.

The lawsuit was filed in federal court on Tuesday in the Southern District of Florida. The incidents allegedly occurred in 2017 and 2018.

Here are the details, per the New York Times.

"The lawsuit says that Brown — in three separate incidents, two in June 2017 and another in May 2018 — sexually assaulted a woman named Britney Taylor, a gymnast whom he met while they were attending Central Michigan together and whom he later hired as a trainer.

According to the lawsuit, Brown sexually assaulted Taylor twice during training sessions in June 2017. First, he exposed himself and kissed her without her permission, the lawsuit says. Later that month, the lawsuit says, while she was watching a television program at his home, Brown started masturbating behind her and ejaculated on her back. Brown bragged about the incident in profane text messages that are copied in the lawsuit. 

Taylor ended her working relationship with Brown, the lawsuit says, but several months later, when he contacted her to apologize, she relented. She was, according to the lawsuit, “swayed by his assurance that he would cease any sexual advances.” 

Taylor's statement, per her lawyer, reads as follows:

“As a rape victim of Antonio Brown, deciding to speak out has been an incredibly difficult decision.  I have found strength in my faith, my family, and from the accounts of other survivors of sexual assault.  Speaking out removes the shame that I have felt for the past year and places it on the person responsible for my rape. I will cooperate with the NFL and any other agencies; however, at this time, I respectfully request that the media please respect my privacy.”

Brown's legal team responded to the accusation with a statement of their own:

Brown intends to countersue Taylor for civil extortion, according to ESPN's Josina Anderson. Brown's lawyer, Darren Heitner, states the 31-year-old will "leave no stone unturned" in defending himself from the allegations.

Here's what NBC Sports Boston's "Boston Sports Tonight" crew had to say about the news:

The Patriots officially signed Brown to a one-year deal with an option for 2020 on Monday.

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New Patriots WR Mohamed Sanu ranks among leaders in this important star

New Patriots WR Mohamed Sanu ranks among leaders in this important star

The No. 1 goal for wide receivers is to get open, and Mohamed Sanu does a very good job of accomplishing that.

Sanu reportedly was traded from the Atlanta Falcons to the New England Patriots in exchange for a 2020 second-round draft pick Tuesday, and he will provide much-needed depth for a Pats receiving corps that's battled plenty of injuries and other depth concerns over the first half of the season.

One of the talents Sanu brings to the Patriots is the ability to separate from opposing defensive backs and get open. In fact, he ranks in the top five of all NFL wideouts in average yards of separation when targeted. Take a look at the leaderboard below:

Sanu has tallied 33 receptions for 313 yards and one touchdown in seven games for the Falcons this season. He joined the Falcons via free agency in 2016 and quickly established himself as one of Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan's most trusted targets.

Leaving the Falcons, who are 1-6 and headed for a second consecutive season without playoff action, gives the 30-year-old veteran a fantastic opportunity to win the first Super Bowl of his career. Sanu came tantalizing close to winning the Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl LI, but Tom Brady and the Patriots broke the Falcons' hearts with a comeback for the ages.

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Odell Beckham Jr. to give Tom Brady a fitting gift at Patriots-Browns

Odell Beckham Jr. to give Tom Brady a fitting gift at Patriots-Browns

How big of a Tom Brady fan is Odell Beckham Jr.?

Big enough that he plans to hand-deliver a pair of custom-made cleats to the New England Patriots quarterback when his Cleveland Browns come to town next Sunday.

Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon-Journal has the details:

Nothing like a pair of "goat hair" cleats to show respect to one of your NFL idols.

Beckham's love affair with Brady goes way back, as the two exchanged jerseys after a New York Giants-Patriots preseason game in 2016.

Beckham and Brady since have exchanged several compliments on social media, with the former repeatedly using the "goat" emoji to confirm he believes Brady is the greatest QB of all time.

The Browns obviously will be trying to stop the Patriots on Sunday, but apparently that won't stop Beckham from showing his appreciation for their quarterback.

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