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Report: NFL could fine Antonio Brown for shirking media after Patriots-Dolphins

Report: NFL could fine Antonio Brown for shirking media after Patriots-Dolphins

Antonio Brown walked the walk in his New England Patriots debut Sunday.

But he didn't talk the talk -- and he may pay the price.

The Patriots wide receiver blew off the media in Miami following a 43-0 win over the Dolphins, leaving the locker room before reporters entered.

That's technically a violation of NFL rules, however, and according to NFL Network's Mike Giardi, the NFL is considering fining Brown for not making himself available to the media.

The NFL Media Access Policy outlined by the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA) states that the media must have access to every player following a game. Players can decline to speak to the media either directly or a team spokesperson, but Brown did neither Sunday.

Brown is hardly the first player to violate this policy; Marshawn Lynch famously stiff-armed the media throughout the 2014 season (and received a $100,00 fine as a result), while several other players shirked their media duties this past weekend.

Brown has yet to address the media after signing with the Patriots a week ago. Since then, he's been the subject of a civil lawsuit alleging rape and sexual assault and a lengthy report detailing a handful of past transgressions, including a second sexual misconduct incident.

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Marquis Flowers, Sterling Moore, Sealver Siliga among ex-Patriots taken in XFL draft

Marquis Flowers, Sterling Moore, Sealver Siliga among ex-Patriots taken in XFL draft

Former Patriots linebacker Marquis Flowers, ex-Pats Sterling Moore, a cornerback, and Sealver Siliga, a defensive tackle, were among the players with New England ties selected in the XFL draft.

The spring football league that played one season in 2001 is being rebooted and will begin play in February with eight teams. Its two-day draft concluded Wednesday.

Players were picked in five phases of the draft in the following order: skill position, offensive line, defensive front seven and defensive backs. An open portion concluded the draft.

Flowers, 27, who played for the Patriots in 2017, was selected with the Dallas Renegades' second pick of the open portion.

Siliga, 29, a Patriot from 2012-15, also went to Dallas with their second pick of the front seven phase.

Moore, 29, known for stripping the ball from Baltimore Ravens receiver Lee Evans in the end zone and denying what would've been a winning touchdown catch in the Pats' 2011 AFC Championship Game victory, was picked by the Seattle Dragons in the defensive back phase.

Other notable ex-Patriots, defensive end Kony Ealy, acquired in a trade by New England in 2017 but cut that summer in training camp, was the first pick of the Houston Roughnecks in the open phase. Running back Ralph Webb, an undrafted free agent who had a strong preseason opener in 2018 before being cut, was the first pick of the Tampa Bay Vipers in the open phase and linebacker Scooby Wright, who played for the Patriots this past preseason and was cut from their practice squad Oct. 1, was chosen by the DC Defenders in the front-seven phase. 

Former Boston College running back Andre Williams was selected by Houston in the skill position phase.

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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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