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David Andrews was the real MVP of Patriots' Super Bowl ring ceremony

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David Andrews was the real MVP of Patriots' Super Bowl ring ceremony

In hindsight, we should have seen it coming.

A few hours before heading to Patriots owner Robert Kraft's house for New England's Super Bowl LIII ring ceremony Thursday, offensive lineman David Andrews posted this on Twitter:

Andrews wasn't lying.

While the entire 2018 Patriots squad reveled in the team's sixth Super Bowl title, Andrews seemed to have some extra juices flowing.

Here's the 26-year-old center challenging quarterback Tom Brady to a beer-chugging contest earlier in the evening:

Andrews arguably lost that contest but was anything but deterred. Here's some incredible footage of Andrews, courtesy of Duron Harmon's Instagram story:

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And here's a very, err, "happy" Andrews posing with Brady on the QB's Instagram story:

We'll call this a successful night (and possibly a rough Friday morning).

Anyone who saw Andrews get after it at a recent Boston Bruins playoff game knows he can party with the best of them, and certainly lived up to that reputation Thursday night.

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Report: Antonio Brown still eligible to play vs. Jets amid civil lawsuit

Report: Antonio Brown still eligible to play vs. Jets amid civil lawsuit

As it stands now, Antonio Brown is on track to play his second game for the New England Patriots on Sunday.

According to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, the NFL hasn't made any decision on disciplining Brown after meeting with his former trainer, Britney Taylor, on Monday.

Taylor accused Brown of sexual assault and rape in a lawsuit filed last Wednesday, but the wide receiver was allowed to play last Sunday against the Miami Dolphins as the league looks into the lawsuit.

Initial reports suggested the NFL could place Brown on the commissioner's exempt list while investigating Brown, but based on Rapoport's (non-update) update, it appears Brown and the Patriots will be operating as usual unless there are substantial developments involving his lawsuit in the coming days.

Brown tallied four catches for 56 yards and a touchdown against the Dolphins on Sunday and could play another significant role against a banged-up New York Jets team in Week 3 if he suits up.

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Report: Antonio Brown may face criminal charges in 'next few weeks'

Report: Antonio Brown may face criminal charges in 'next few weeks'

A civil lawsuit may not be the only case on the plate of Antonio Brown's lawyer this fall.

Sports Illustrated's Robert Klemko published a report Monday revealing new allegations of Brown's sexual misconduct in addition to several other incidents involving the New England Patriots wide receiver.

In an interview Tuesday on WEEI's "Dale & Keefe," Klemko suggested Brown could face criminal charges stemming from those incidents in the near future.

"We did hear over the course of the reporting that there were a couple people considering criminal charges against Antonio Brown," Klemko said. "We weren’t able to report on any of those specifically because they haven’t gathered all of their evidence and made the filings and all that. I think that is going to be coming in the next few weeks."

Klemko didn't name the specific incidents that could result in criminal charges against Brown. But Klemko reported several instances of Brown refusing to pay employees he's hired, and it's possible that could result in legal action.

"(Brown) has a history of hiring people to do a job and then creating some sort of division when the pay is due and then not paying," Klemko said. "At some point, that becomes illegal."

The only active case against Brown is the civil lawsuit his former trainer, Britney Taylor, filed accusing him of rape and sexual assault. Taylor reportedly met with the NFL for 10 hours Monday as it considers discipline for the receiver, but keep an eye out for more charges Brown could face this fall.

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