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Report: NFL investigating Antonio Brown's intimidating text messages

Report: NFL investigating Antonio Brown's intimidating text messages

The latest chapter of the Antonio Brown saga has arrived.

To recap, Brown was accused of sexual assault and rape in a civil lawsuit shortly after he signed with the New England Patriots two weeks ago. Since that time, more allegations have been brought against him. And following those allegations, Brown sent "intimidating" text messages to the accuser.

And now, part of the fallout from that situation has arrived.

According to a statement from the accuser's lawyer given to Robert Klemko of Sports Illustrated, the NFL will be investigating Antonio Brown for a violation of the league's Personal Conduct Policy. In addition to this, the lawyer confirmed that both the Patriots and the NFL had told Brown not to contact his accuser again. 

The NFL advised us that the Patriots directed Mr. Brown to have no further contact with our client, either directly or through his associates....

The NFL also advised us that it contacted Mr. Brown’s representative and reiterated that Mr. Brown was to cease and desist efforts to contact or intimidate our client.

The NFL was already investigating Brown due to the sexual assault and rape allegations against him and met with Britney Taylor, the accuser in that case, for 10 hours on Monday. Now, they will evidently be focusing on this case as well.

This latest development will continue to muddy the waters surrounding Brown's future availability. He is expected to play in Week 3 right now, but it's unclear what will happen after that.

The Patriots have to pay Brown $5 million of his $9 million signing bonus by Monday, as Tom E. Curran recently noted, so that day will be an important one to watch as a decision on Brown from the NFL looms.

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Could we have predicted Michael Bennett's suspension?

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Could we have predicted Michael Bennett's suspension?

Should the Patriots have seen the Michael Bennett suspension coming? Josh McDaniels on N'Keal Harry, Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry break down WR trade targets and more...

2:18 - Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discuss the one-game suspension the Patriots placed on Michael Bennett after an apparent "philosophical disagreement" the defensive end had with coaches last week. Did the Patriots know what they were getting into when they signed him?

16:27 - N'Keal Harry returned the practice field after sitting out the first six games of the regular season. Josh McDaniels answers Tom's questions about how much the Patriots are able to rely on the rookie receiver.

27:53 - Tom and Phil cycle through which receivers are out there that the Patriots are likely targeting before the trade deadline.

35:53 - Rob Gronkowski may have finally put an end to the possibility of his return with the comments he made on WEEI. Tom talks about why it's finally time for Patriots fans to let him go.

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Report: Jaguars trade CB Jalen Ramsey to Rams

Report: Jaguars trade CB Jalen Ramsey to Rams

One month after requesting a trade from the Jacksonville Jaguars, Jalen Ramsey got his wish.

The star cornerback was traded to the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday for two first-round draft picks in 2020 and 2021 and a fourth-rounder in 2021, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The news comes on the heels of the Rams trading veteran CB Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens and placing Aqib Talib on injured reserve on Tuesday.

Ramsey's move to the NFC is great news for the Patriots, as New England won't have to worry about the two-time Pro Bowler helping out the Kansas City Chiefs' scuffling defense after they were rumored to be one of his suitors.

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