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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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Report: Pats' punishments for videotaping could include fines, draft picks

Report: Pats' punishments for videotaping could include fines, draft picks

While the investigation into the New England Patriots' illicit videotaping of the Cincinnati Bengals' sideline last weekend is ongoing, The Washington Post's Mark Maske is reporting that the punishment could be aligned in severity with similiar game-day violations committed by other NFL teams in recent years.

That means fines in the range of six figures and/or a reduced round value on a draft pick — or worse still, the loss of one altogether:

"The NFL is likely to penalize the New England Patriots for their admitted violation of league video policy last weekend and is contemplating disciplinary measures in line with those imposed on teams in recent seasons for infractions of game-day rules, according to people familiar with the deliberations.

That could mean a fine in the hundreds of thousands of dollars and potentially the loss or reduction in value of a draft choice, typically a lower-level pick."

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Looking for something similar to what the Patriots were levied for Spygate? Maske points out that punishment was clearly an exception, not a guardrail:

The Patriots have admitted wrongdoing in last Sunday's incident in Cleveland, in which a credentialed Patriots video crew member was caught filming the Bengals' sideline during their game against the Browns. New England has said the camera crew was there to feature a scout as part of their "Do Your Job" video series.

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Report: Julian Edelman, Ted Karras make trip with Patriots, Cowart out for Bengals game

Report: Julian Edelman, Ted Karras make trip with Patriots, Cowart out for Bengals game

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman and center Ted Karras, who were each listed as questionable with injuries, made the trip to Cincinnati with the team Saturday but backup defensive tackle Byron Cowart was downgraded to out with a concussion, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.

Edelman, the team's leading receiver, has been battling shoulder and ankle injuries. Karras, the starting center, missed the loss to the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday with a knee injury. Both were limited in practice this week. 

The Patriots (10-3), coming off back-to-back losses to the Houston Texans and Chiefs, play the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday at 1 p.m.