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NFL Rumors: Antonio Brown sent "intimidating" text messages to artist accusing him of sexual misconduct

NFL Rumors: Antonio Brown sent "intimidating" text messages to artist accusing him of sexual misconduct

After a Sports Illustrated story detailed new allegations against Antonio Brown, the Patriots' wide receiver reportedly sent "intimidating" text messages to the accuser. 

An artist, who accused Brown of sexual misconduct after he made a sexual advance toward her and fired her for not reciprocating, received messages from Brown after SI released the original story.

Photos of the messages are included in the story, including Brown asking his associates to investigate his accuser. The artist, who has remained unnamed, had her lawyer write to the NFL for the intimidation to stop, according to Robert Klemko. 

Here is part of what the accuser's lawyer had to say:

Our client ... is understandably frightened by these text messages, which are clearly intended to threaten and intimidate her. While she certainly qualifies as a ‘starving artist,’ she has never approached Mr. Brown, nor will she, about seeking money to compensate her for his sexual misconduct, contrary to his allegations in the text messages.

According to the story, the NFL responded to the letter within an hour and arranged a phone call between investigators and the artist's attorneys. The Patriots and Brown's agent Drew Rosenhaus did not comment. 

Sports Illustrated also texted the number used in the group messages associated with the alleged intimidation, asking the number linked to Brown if they would confirm nor deny the charges brought to him. The number responded with, "foh clown."

The wide receiver is also facing allegations of sexual assault and rape from Britney Taylor. As of now, Brown has not been placed on the commissioner's exempt list and is eligible to play Sunday against the Jets.

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Patriots LB Kyle Van Noy calls halftime booing by fans in Foxboro 'disrespectful'

Patriots LB Kyle Van Noy calls halftime booing by fans in Foxboro 'disrespectful'

Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy said he thought the booing of the team by Gillette Stadium fans at halftime of New England's loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday was "disrespectful."

The Patriots left the field trailing 20-7 at halftime in a game they eventually lost, 23-16. It dropped the Pats to 10-3 and ended a 21-game home winning streak for New England.

"Too much booing for me," Van Noy told our Tom E. Curran in an interview on Quick Slants. "I thought it was disrespectful." 

Van Noy backtracked a bit when asked if he was bothered by the boos. 

"Why would bother me? You asked if it was a playoff atmosphere," he said, suggesting that the team wouldn't be booed in a playoff game. 

"Obviously It sucks when it doesn't go the way we want, but know that we're all trying," Van Noy said. "We're trying to put the best product on the field. We're not trying to disappoint anyone. Just imagine as a fan or a media person that our feelings are probably 100 times more. Our livelihoods are on the line and  we want to win."

Watch the full interview here on YouTube:

Quarterback Tom Brady told Jim Gray in his weekly Westwood One interview on Monday Night Football that the booing comes with the territory. 

"It won't be the last time and that's OK, it doesn't hurt our feelings," Brady said.

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Robert Kraft has brief first comment on Patriots-Bengals taping controversy

Robert Kraft has brief first comment on Patriots-Bengals taping controversy

Patriots owner Robert Kraft's first public comment on the controversy surrounding a team production crew being investigated by the NFL for allegedly taping the Cincinnati Bengals sideline during the Bengals game in Cleveland on Sunday was brief.

"You know everything you should know," Kraft said while declining to talk to reporters, including Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, after walking out of a meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell at previously scheduled league meetings in Dallas.  

The team released a statement Monday night acknowledging that their failure to inform the Bengals of the taping was an "unintended oversight" and admitted the video crew unknowingly broke league rules by filming the field from the press box. 

The Patriots (10-3) visit the Bengals (1-12) this Sunday in Cincinnati 

Earlier Tuesday, coach Bill Belichick again insisted he had no knowledge or involvement in what the team production crew was doing and that it's a completely independent operation from the team.

The Athletic reported Tuesday that the tape shows about eight minutes of video that's focused directly on the Bengals sideline. 

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