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Bill Belichick expects Patriots' Antonio Brown to practice Wednesday amid allegations

Bill Belichick expects Patriots' Antonio Brown to practice Wednesday amid allegations

FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick stepped to the podium on Wednesday, faced down a crowded Patriots media workroom loaded with news reporters from outlets he doesn't often see, and he spoke about the Dolphins.

"Very good group of skill players," was one portion of his opening remarks while the elephant in the room lingered. 

It had come to light on Tuesday night that Antonio Brown was accused of rape and sexual assault in a lawsuit filed by Brown's former trainer in US District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Brown has denied the allegations through his lawyer, and he also reportedly plans to countersue.

The Patriots released a statement just before midnight on Tuesday night saying they take allegations of sexual assault "very seriously," adding they would not have further comment while the league investigated the matter.

Belichick did, though, touch on Brown's situation eventually in his opening remarks in Wednesday's press conference. 

"Antonio and his representatives have made statements so I'm not going to be expanding on any of those," Belichick said. "They are what they are. We've looked into the situation. We're taking it very seriously, all the way through the organization. I'm sure there are questions but I'm not going to get into any discussion about that today."

Belichick then fielded several questions about the matter.

Was he aware of the allegations before the Patriots signed Brown? 

"I'm not going to be expanding on the statements that have already been given," Belichick replied. He added, "When we know more, we'll say more."

Belichick did acknowledge that Brown would be at practice on Wednesday. Asked if he would play against the Dolphins in Miami on Sunday, Belichick said, "We're taking it one day at a time, just like we always do."

"I appreciate all the questions," Belichick added after fielding more follow-ups. "What's been said has been said."

Belichick would be at the podium for about four minutes in all. When it was posed to him that Brown's situation might be a "distraction" to the team, he said the Patriots were "working on Miami."

The last set of queries he received were about his personal interactions with Brown. What had Brown said to him about the subject, if anything?

"I'm done with that," he said. "OK? Anything else on Miami? Any other questions?"

When the reporter followed up, Belichick said, "I just answered that question."

"Actually, you didn't," the reporter replied.

"Actually, I did," Belichick said.

The Patriots will practice Wednesday afternoon. Reporters will have access to the practice for a few minutes beginning at 12:50 p.m.

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Why Bucs' uniform reveal was a bit awkward for Tom Brady, Chris Godwin

Why Bucs' uniform reveal was a bit awkward for Tom Brady, Chris Godwin

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers enlisted their star wide receiver to help unveil their sharp new uniforms.

Makes sense, right? It did ... until Tom Brady showed up.

Buccaneers wideout Chris Godwin joined linebackers Devin White and Lavonte David to model new threads for 2020 that the team revealed Tuesday in a hype video.

The one issue: Godwin is wearing No. 12 in the video -- the same No. 12 he allowed Brady to take when the former New England Patriots quarterback signed with Tampa Bay in free agency.

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This discrepancy didn't go unnoticed on Twitter, which let the Bucs have it over their mix-up:

The blowback was enough for the Bucs to set the record straight: They filmed this hype video before Brady signed, and before Godwin had switched to No. 14.

This checks out, as all photos on the team's website feature Godwin rocking No. 14 in the new uniform.

We don't know how long ago the video was filmed, but the fact that Godwin appears wearing No. 12 is a good indicator the Bucs really weren't serious suitors for Brady until the final few days before free agency.

It sounds like there's no hard feelings between Godwin and Brady over the jersey change, though -- and both No. 12 and No. 14 should sell very well on the team's website.

 

Here's your first look at Tom Brady's new Tampa Bay Buccaneers jerseys

Here's your first look at Tom Brady's new Tampa Bay Buccaneers jerseys

Many New England Patriots fans probably never envisioned they'd see Tom Brady wearing the jersey of another NFL team, but that sight will soon become a reality.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Brady in free agency to a two-year contract worth up to $59 million. It was a huge move for a franchise that's largely been irrelevant since winning its only Super Bowl championship during the 2002 season.

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The Bucs announced a while back they would have new jerseys for the 2020 season, and on Tuesday, Tampa Bay made its much-anticipated unveiling of those uniforms. Here's what Brady's three jerseys in 2020 will look like. They are now available for purchase on the Bucs' team store.

Brady changed teams, but his number will stay the same. He'll continue to wear No. 12, which he used his entire 20-year career with the Patriots. Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin had No. 12 before Brady arrived, but he was kind of enough to let the six-time Super Bowl champion have it.

The unveiling of these new jerseys, which have drawn positive reviews so far, will only add to the excitement surrounding the Bucs' 2020 season. Brady's arrival has Tampa Bay fans thinking of a return to the Super Bowl, and oddsmakers already have pegged the Buccaneers as one of the early betting favorites.

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