Antonio Brown still could face repercussions from the civil lawsuit filed against him, but they won't come from the Allegheny County District Attorney's office in Pennsylvania.
The Allegheny County DA recently contacted the lawyer of Britney Taylor, Brown's former trainer who accused the New England Patriots wide receiver of rape and sexual assault on three separate occasions in 2017 and 2018, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.
Antonio Brown update: Allegheny County District Attorney has contacted Britney Taylor's attorney over the June 2017 allegation in the federal lawsuit, but two-year statue of limitation applies. Source said the DA likely made contact with intention to investigate.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) September 18, 2019
Fowler noted the DA's office intended to investigate Taylor's allegations, but the DA told NFL Network in a statement Wednesday that her allegations come with a two-year statute of limitations.
Sources: The Allegheny County DA & PD reached out to the lawyer for Antonio Brown’s accuser Britney Taylor regarding the 1st and 2nd alleged incidents. The DA confirmed this to NFL Network via @HollowClay. There is a statue of limitations with both Allegheny Co incidents however.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 18, 2019
Here is the full statement from the Allegheny County DA on Antonio Brown’s accuser following our inquiry 👇🏽 pic.twitter.com/sAEE0vSozU— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 18, 2019
Since two of the alleged incidents Taylor described occurred in 2017, it means the DA cannot pursue criminal charges against Brown for those allegations, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport explained.
What this means is that, at least for the first two alleged offenses committed by Antonio Brown, there will be no criminal inquiry. That is potentially significant, as it relates to his eligibility and status to continue playing. https://t.co/Fj5DZdRrZb— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 18, 2019
One of the incidents that led to Taylor's allegations happened in Pittsburgh, which is in Allegheny County. That means the DA potentially could have looked into legal action against the ex-Steelers wide receiver had they acted sooner.
For now, the civil lawsuit involving Brown and Taylor is being handled in the Southern District of Florida by federal judge Rodney Smith.
The NFL also met with Taylor on Monday and is looking into disciplinary action against Brown, although the Patriots wideout remains eligible to play as his complicated case gets worked out.
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