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What's next for Antonio Brown after sexual assault and rape allegations?

What's next for Antonio Brown after sexual assault and rape allegations?

Newly-signed Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown was accused of three separate incidents of sexual assault and rape in a lawsuit filed in federal court on Tuesday.

Brown has denied the accusations and according to his lawyer, will file a countersuit.

Tuesday on "Boston Sports Tonight," Dean of Massachusetts School of Law Michael Coyne joined to provide more context for the allegations and discuss the next legal steps for Brown.

"The likelihood is that the police chose not to institute charges, likely thinking that they could not satisfy the proof in a criminal case for beyond a reasonable doubt," Coyne said. "These types of rape allegations almost always initially start with the police and law enforcement looking into it, and if they feel that there's enough evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, they would do so. It's very rare to actually start with the civil suit with respect to the rape allegations and I think that likely means there will not be a criminal suit for these charges.

"Oftentimes [defendants] withhold comment until they see the full extent of the evidence that's against them and then try to shape their defense and shape their case to in view of those facts. So it's unusual that [Brown's legal team] have come out very forcefully and said that yes, there was a sexual relationship but it was consensual. And that's why it makes it I think very difficult to think that at least in the immediate future there's going to be some type of significant penalty for him because a civil suit is going to likely take anywhere between 18 months to three years to resolve.

"I think there will be an investigation by the NFL and there will be, perhaps, some investigation by the Patriots as well. If you remember, Ben Roethlisberger was suspended for four games on the basis of the sexual assault allegations alone back in 2010, so it doesn't require a criminal case or even a civil case to go to judgement in order to take some sort of disciplinary action. But at the same point, it is important to let the justice process play out."

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Brown was officially signed by the Patriots on Monday after being released by the Raiders. Both the Patriots and the NFL have yet to comment on the lawsuit.

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Should we read anything into Tom Brady 'liking' Antonio Brown's Instagram apology?

Should we read anything into Tom Brady 'liking' Antonio Brown's Instagram apology?

So, Tom Brady (and other Patriots) "liked" an apology post from former-teammate-for-11-days Antonio Brown on Instagram?

What's it mean?

That was the subject of a heated debate on Boston Sports Tonight among DJ Bean, Tom Curran, Michael Holley and Danielle Trotta.

It was Curran and Holley who were at odds over whether we should be reading anything into the social media vagaries on any athlete.

Holley: "For whatever reason, lots of players get into it. Lots of celebrities get into it...not because we [the media] are broken, but because that's how they communicate. And we would be reckless if we didn't follow it."

Curran: "It's reckless to vest any perception or presumption into it."

Watch the full discussion here:

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Matt Cassel on a sad Tom Brady, Colin Kaepernick's workout, and his time with the Cowboys

Patriots Talk Podcast: Matt Cassel on a sad Tom Brady, Colin Kaepernick's workout, and his time with the Cowboys

Ex-Patriots backup QB Matt Cassel joins Tom E. Curran to talk about a frustrated Brady, Colin Kaepernick's NFL comeback chances and Cassel's experience with the Dallas Cowboys.

3:30 - Tom Curran is joined by Matt Cassel to discuss Tom Brady's attitude following the Patriots win over the Eagles. Does he have the right to be so outwardly upset?

10:34 - It's easy to focus on what the Patriots haven't brought in to help Brady, but Tom and Matt talk about the three first-round picks in Sony Michel, Isaiah Wynn and N'Keal Harry that were drafted specifically for the QB.

15:27 - A couple of former Patriots made headlines Tuesday, with Rob Gronkowski announcing his "Gronk Beach" plans for Super Bowl Sunday and Antonio Brown apologizing to Robert Kraft on social media.

20:40 - With Colin Kaepernick's workout now in the rearview, Tom and Matt discuss what they saw from him and wonder what the exposure actually did for the QB's chances of getting a job.

27:27 - Matt talks about his time with the Dallas Cowboys and gives us an insider's view of what it's like to play for Jerry Jones as opposed to Robert Kraft.

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