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Ex-Patriot Trent Brown denies domestic violence allegations in statement

Ex-Patriot Trent Brown denies domestic violence allegations in statement

Former Patriot and current Raiders offensive lineman Trent Brown was sued by his ex-girlfriend for domestic violence, and he responded to the allegations with a statement via Twitter on Wednesday.

“I am aware that my ex-girlfriend has filed a civil suit against me,” Brown tweeted. “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.”

The disturbing acts Brown is being accused of allegedly took place over the spring and summer of this year. After helping the Patriots to their sixth Super Bowl title, the 26-year-old signed a four-year, $66 million deal with the Raiders in March.

The NFL is expected to investigate the civil allegations just as it investigated Antonio Brown's, according to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.

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Ron Rivera identifies key lesson he learned from Bill Belichick, Patriots

Ron Rivera identifies key lesson he learned from Bill Belichick, Patriots

The NFL is a copycat league. And when one of the greatest head coaches of all time is your contemporary, you pay attention to what he's doing.

Ron Rivera's nine-year tenure with the Carolina Panthers ended last week when the team fired him following a 5-7 start.

In his latest "Football Morning in America" column, NBC Sports' Peter King shared what Rivera told him about the lessons he learned from nearly a decade as an NFL coach.

Surprise, surprise: It involves Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots.

"I’ve tried to pay attention to what Bill Belichick has done, and how to slowly transition guys out and transition guys into being the new core guys," Rivera told King. "That’s what he’s done tremendously well."

Specifically, Rivera noticed how Belichick and the Patriots have stayed current by finding players best-suited to defend modern NFL offenses featuring increasingly athletic skill players.

"Something else I just got from watching him. I don’t know if a lot of people are talking about this, but the style of defensive player you need today, in my opinion, has changed," Rivera said.

"I got that based on what I saw him do last year in the playoffs. He put guys on the field that could chase (Kansas City Chiefs quarterback) Patrick Mahomes, then to stop the (Los Angeles) Rams from running.

"So looking for these big bulky defensive end-type players is no longer relevant. What you’re looking for is you’re looking for the Brian Burnses of the world. I just thought he did some really amazing things. You have to find the sideline-to-sideline guys who can play every down."

The Patriots had just one Pro Bowler on their 2018 defense (Stephon Gilmore) but were able to contain Mahomes in the AFC Championship Game and shut down the high-octane Rams in Super Bowl LIII with the help of versatile defenders like Patrick Chung, Kyle Van Noy and Trey Flowers.

That's in part a testament to Belichick, who's literally been coaching since the 1970s but is constantly adapting to the NFL's shifting trends.

Rivera put Belichick's lesson into practice, too: Burns, the Panthers' 16th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, has 5.5 sacks this season, tied with Chase Winovich for fourth among NFL rookies.

Rivera is one of the very few coaches who's found success against Belichick -- his Panthers were 2-0 against New England during his tenure -- so we'd imagine the respect is mutual.

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Patriots release statement in response to Bengals' videotaping allegations

Patriots release statement in response to Bengals' videotaping allegations

The New England Patriots have released an official statement in response to the Cincinnati Bengals' allegations of videotaping their sideline.

The statement explains that a three-person video crew was sent to Cleveland for the Bengals-Browns game to film a feature on the Pats scouting department for Patriots.com's "Do Your Job" series.

The Patriots acknowledge that their failure to inform the Bengals of the taping was an "unintended oversight" and admit the video crew unknowingly broke league rules by filming the field from the press box. They also echoed head coach Bill Belichick's statement that the team is independent of the production crew.

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Read the full statement below:

The NFL currently is investigating the matter, but this appears to be a giant misunderstanding based on what Belichick and the Patriots organization had to say.

The Patriots (10-3) will visit the Bengals (1-12) for their Week 15 matchup on Sunday.

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