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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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N'Keal Harry brings up missed TD call again while adopting Patriots mantra

N'Keal Harry brings up missed TD call again while adopting Patriots mantra

N'Keal Harry has moved on from his non-touchdown Sunday.

Well, almost.

The New England Patriots wide receiver had a score taken away from him in fourth quarter the Kansas City Chiefs when the referees incorrectly ruled him out of bounds at the 3-yard line.

The Patriots had no challenges remaining at the time, so the play stood as called despite "everybody" thinking it was a touchdown, as an exasperated Harry explained to reporters after New England's 23-16 loss.

On Monday morning, the rookie wide receiver reminded everybody of this fact by tweeting photo evidence of him staying in bounds on the play.

While the photos may have been one last parting jab at the officials, Harry's caption is straight out of the Patriots' "moving on" playbook.

New England famously adopted "On To Cincinnati" as a mantra after a brutal loss to Kansas City in 2014, and it worked, as the team rallied to win a Super Bowl.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady dusted off that rallying cry Monday morning, as well.

The 1-12 Bengals do offer New England the perfect bounce-back opportunity in Week 15, but Brady and Co. still need more from Harry if they want to get their offense back on track.

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Tom Brady shares his side of beef with Chris Jones in Patriots-Chiefs

Tom Brady shares his side of beef with Chris Jones in Patriots-Chiefs

Chris Jones' respect for Tom Brady didn't stop him from getting all up in his grill Sunday.

The Chiefs defensive lineman had a heated exchange with the Patriots quarterback late in the second half after Kansas City's defense forced a New England incompletion on third down. (You can watch the exchange here.)

Jones later said he was trying to make Brady uncomfortable by getting into with the GOAT.

So, how did Brady feel about Jones' tactics?

"We were going at it for a little bit. He was pretty talkative out there, so I think there's a healthy rivalry," Brady told WEEI's "The Greg Hill Show" on Monday.

Brady wouldn't reveal what Jones said to him -- "definitely nothing that I can really repeat" -- but admitted he took Jones' bait by engaging with the boisterous defensive lineman.

"I typically don't try to make the d-linemen any more angry than they probably already are with me, because they're the ones that get paid to hit me," Brady joked. "So, I don't really give them any incentive typically, but I couldn't really resist at certain points."

Perhaps Brady's back-and-forth with Jones was his way of venting his frustration with the Patriots' offense, which is averaging just 17.6 points per game over its last five contests and looked anemic in Sunday's 23-16 loss to Kansas City.

Jones played some role in New England's struggles, recording a sack, a tackle-for-loss and a QB hit on Brady. But the 42-year-old quarterback believes the Patriots' offense has plenty of room for improvement, regardless of what defense it faces.

"I wish there was one magic thing that you could do and it would just change everything, but there's not," Brady said. "It really comes down to all of us, 11 as a unit, executing well."

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