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Antonio Brown's agent won't reveal if Patriots were made aware of potential lawsuit

Antonio Brown's agent won't reveal if Patriots were made aware of potential lawsuit

The New England Patriots reportedly were surprised by the lawsuit filed in Florida on Tuesday accusing newly signed wide receiver Antonio Brown of rape and sexual assault. The lawsuit was filed by Brown's former trainer, Britney Taylor. Brown, through his lawyer, has denied the allegations. He also reportedly plans to countersue Taylor.

Brown's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, went on ESPN's "SportsCenter" on Wednesday and was asked if the Patriots were aware of the allegations made against Brown before they signed him to a contract earlier this week. 

Here's the exchange between ESPN's Cari Champion and Rosenhaus.

Champion: "Do you know if the Patriots knew about these allegations ahead of time in signing (Brown)?"

Rosenhaus: "I'm not going to get into that element. I'm not going to get into my discussions with the Patriots, or what may or may not have been discussed."

Rosenhaus said earlier in the interview that he and Brown knew this lawsuit could be coming.

"The moment I learned about the lawsuit -- Antonio and I have been unfortunately anticipating this possibility," Rosenhaus explained. "What I want to emphasize is that Antonio takes these allegations very seriously. ... I wouldn't be doing this interview if I didn't believe Antonio. These allegations are false. He denies everyone of them. I'm very confident that his legal team has facts that will prove this."

Did Rosenhaus not tell the Patriots this lawsuit was a possibility? And would the Patriots have signed him if they were aware this lawsuit could be coming? The Patriots have not commented on that matters at this time. The team did release a statement late Tuesday night, and in that revealed the NFL was conducting an investigation.

The team's media availability Wednesday began with head coach Bill Belichick's press conference just before noon, and as expected, he was in no mood to discuss anything further related to Brown. Belichick said he expects Brown to practice Wednesday, which would be his first session with the team. 

It's unclear if Brown will play Sunday when the Patriots take on the Miami Dolphins in a Week 2 matchup on the road. The NFL reportedly will "give serious consideration" to putting Brown on paid leave. That move would land him on the commissioner's exempt list.

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Rob Gronkowski set to compete in virtual beer pong tournament

Rob Gronkowski set to compete in virtual beer pong tournament

Who knew virtual beer pong was a thing? 

Former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski apparently is set to compete in a virtual beer pong tournament hosted by Post Malone to raise money for coronavirus relief efforts, according to TMZ Sports. The tournament will be live-streamed on the @ballinacup Instagram over eight days and the winners will receive a trophy and wrestling belts. 

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Gronkowski will be partnered with his girlfriend Camille Kostek, and they aren't the only familiar faces in the tournament. Former Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola and former Boston Bruins forward Tyler Seguin also will compete in the competition. 

The first round kicks off on Friday with Gronkowski and Kostek taking on Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson and USWNT star Mallory Pugh. Amendola will take on Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce on Saturday and Seguin will take on New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman on Monday, April 6. 

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It's no surprise Gronkowski signed up to compete in this tournament -- he loves to party, after all. 

This definitely is something out of the ordinary, but it should be pretty comical to watch Gronkowski, Amendola and Seguin compete to see who the king of beer pong is. 

Patriots have dominated this category since turn of the century

Patriots have dominated this category since turn of the century

The New England Patriots have been an unstoppable force over the course of the past two decades. The team has won six Super Bowls, 17 division titles, and hasn't logged a losing season this century.

One of the reasons for their success? They have been insanely good in one-possession games.

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According to Boston Sports Info (@BostonSportsInf), the Patriots have the best winning percentage in one-score games since the turn of the century. They are one of just two teams that have won greater than 60 percent of those contests. Here's a look at the numbers:

While several teams have more wins than the Patriots in these contests, it's still remarkable that the team has won two-thirds of their one-score games in the Tom Brady/Bill Belichick era. It takes great decision-making on the parts of players and coaches to maintain such a strong record.

With Brady no longer on the Patriots, It looks like we're going to figure out just how much he has mattered to the Patriots' ability to win close games. Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer are the two quarterback options on the roster after Cody Kessler was released on Thursday, so Belichick will have his work cut out for him with either option.

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Meanwhile, Brady's impact on the Buccaneers may be notable depending on how much they improve in this area. The Bucs have the third-worst winning percentage of the century in one-possession games, coming in at 40.2 percent. They have the second-most losses overall with 98.

Last season, the Bucs were 3-6 in nine one-score games with Jameis Winston at the helm. If Brady can help to improve upon that record by making fewer late-game mistakes than the turnover-prone Winston did, then the Bucs may have a chance to make some noise in the NFC.

Either way, we'll soon see how Brady's presence impacts the Bucs and if the Patriots can continue their winning ways in close contests.