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New Antonio Brown report details second sexual misconduct allegation

New Antonio Brown report details second sexual misconduct allegation

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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Dolphins' Kyle Van Noy bristles at Patriots comparisons: 'We're our own team'

Dolphins' Kyle Van Noy bristles at Patriots comparisons: 'We're our own team'

You could call the Miami Dolphins "Foxboro South." Just don't call them that in front of Kyle Van Noy.

The veteran linebacker is one of four former New England Patriots who signed with the Dolphins this offseason, joining fellow linebackers Elandon Roberts and Kamu Grugier-Hill and center Ted Karras.

Miami is also led by an ex-Patriot in head coach Brian Flores, who has loaded his staff with New England alums in defensive coordinator Josh Boyer, tight ends coach George Godsey and quality control coach Mike Judge.

But Van Noy apparently is growing tired of those who believe the Dolphins are trying to replicate the Patriots' model of success.

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“I don’t now how many New England guys there are, but we’re going to get away from that,” Van Noy told the Miami Herald's Adam Beasley in a recent interview. “We’re our own team, this is not the New England Patriots. This is the Miami Dolphins. It’s totally different, and I’m excited for that. New beginnings.

The Dolphins began to forge their own identity late in the 2019 season, going 5-4 down the stretch after losing their first seven games. While Van Noy and his fellow Patriots cast-offs weren't there for that turnaround, the 29-year-old can already sense the team's new attitude.

"We’re the Miami Dolphins. We’re here to represent the people of Miami," Van Noy said. "They want it bad. I can sense that. Miami’s a football town."

The Dolphins fired ex-Patriots wide receivers coach Chad O'Shea as their offensive coordinator late in the 2019 season and used their No. 5 overall pick on Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, so perhaps they are intent on moving past those Patriots comparisons.

We'll find out immediately if that new approach pays off, as New England hosts Miami in its 2020 season opener.

Devin McCourty, wife share heartbreaking news of daughter's death

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Devin McCourty, wife share heartbreaking news of daughter's death

Devin McCourty and his wife, Michelle, endured every parent's worst nightmare last weekend.

The New England Patriots safety shared his wife's announcement Saturday that they lost their third child, Mia, last Sunday as the result of a stillbirth.

"I cry as I type this," Michelle wrote in an Instagram post. "My pregnancy had resulted in a stillbirth at almost 8 months of being pregnant — at exactly 31 weeks 2 days, when we found out that the baby girl growing inside me no longer had a heartbeat after being completely fine the week prior at my last doctor’s appointment.

"We are so heartbroken. We are devastated. We are speechless. We are angry. We are sad. We are confused. We are numb."

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The couple has two other young children: a 3-year-old girl named Londyn and a 2-year-old boy named Brayden.

The McCourtys received an outpouring of support from Devin's current and former teammates after he shared the news on Instagram.

Here's ex-Patriots quarterback Tom Brady: "Love you my brother. So sad for you loss! You are in our thoughts and prayers always ❤️❤️🙏🏼🙏🏼"

And here's Patriots linebackers coach Jerod Mayo: "My prayers and love to your family bro."

Patriots wide receiver N'Keal Harry -- "My prayers are definitely going out to y’all. Love you bro💙" -- Detroit Lions defensive end Trey Flowers -- "Prayers for you and your family! 💪🏾 be strong brother" -- and ex-Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib -- "Praying for ya family brotha!" -- were among many other NFL players offering their support to the McCourtys.

Michelle added in her message that she and Devin "appreciate the love and support we’ve already gotten, and just ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time, since we have no answers to give anyway."

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