The civil lawsuit filed against Antonio Brown last Tuesday may be just the tip of the iceberg.
The morning after Brown made his New England Patriots debut against the Miami Dolphins, Sports Illustrated's Robert Klemko published a lengthy report outlining a pattern of repeated abusive behavior by Brown that extends beyond what his accuser, Britney Taylor, alleged in her lawsuit.
Among Klemko's revelations is a second woman's account of Brown's sexual misconduct.
In June 2017, Brown agreed to pay $700 at a Pennsylvania auction to buy a portrait of himself. Brown then invited the portrait's artist to his Pittsburgh-area home to paint a mural of himself on his wall. On her second day of work, the artist told Klemko she "was in a kneeling position while painting and turned to find Brown behind her, naked, holding a small hand towel over his genitals."
"I was about 40% done on the second day, and I’m on my knees painting the bottom, and he walks up to me butt-ass naked, with a hand cloth covering his [penis] and starts having a conversation with me," the artist said.
The artist said Brown paid her $2,000 for two days of work but otherwise "ghosted" her after the incident, refusing to answer her text messages and leaving her unfinished painting in his home.
Klemko also reports that Brown is the subject of "a half-dozen lawsuits" by people he has hired in some capacity. Klemko's full report is worth a read, but here are two additional accounts of Brown mistreating his employees:
-- Dr. Victor Prisk, the owner of an orthopaedics and wellness facility in Pennsylvania, told Klemko that Brown showed up three hours late to an August 2018 meeting with him -- and "passed gas numerous times" while Prisk was testing his body fat.
"It seemed just childish to me,” Prisk told Klemko. “I’m a doctor and this man is farting in my face."
-- Chef Stefano Tedeschi, whom Brown hired in early 2019, told Klemko he heard Brown use derogatory language toward his staff -- "Get those m-----f---ing crackers out of here" -- on multiple occasions while they hosted Brown and a group of 40 to 50 guests at a rented vacation home.
After a concierge complained to Brown's girlfriend, Chelsie Kyriss, Tedeschi said one of Brown's assistants approached him and told him, "When you speak to Mr. Brown you don’t look him in the eye."
According to a civil complaint filed by Tedeschi, Brown refused to pay the chef more than $38,500 and accused Tedeschi of making a "mafia-style threat against his life" after he found a severed salmon head in the freezer.
This is all in addition to Taylor accusing Brown of sexual assault and rape in 2017 and 2018, allegations she's expected to discuss Monday in a meeting with the NFL.
The Patriots reportedly were unaware of Taylor's allegations when they inked him to a one-year, $15 million contract last week. Klemko appeared to confirm that report Monday, writing that the Patriots "seem to have done little to no vetting of the receiver before signing him."
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