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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