Ex-Raider Antonio Brown cut by Patriots amid sexual assault probe


Former Raiders receiver Antonio Brown was released by the Patriots on Friday.

Brown is facing a federal lawsuit from his former trainer, Britney Taylor and has also been accused of sexual misconduct by his former artist who he sent menacing text messages to Thursday. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick refused to answer questions about Brown's on-going off-field issues Friday, and the Patriots cut the star receiver shortly thereafter. 

Brown agreed to terms with New England merely hours after he was released by the Raiders on Sept. 7. He made his Patriots debut last Sunday against the Dolphins, catching four passes for 56 yards and a touchdown. 

The federal lawsuit filed in Florida and the ensuing allegations of sexual misconduct are the latest twists in an offseason that has been filled with numerous turns related to Brown. He only arrived in New England after procuring his release from the Raiders, which occurred following a helmet-related holdout, frostbitten feet and an altercation with Oakland's general manager, Mike Mayock.

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The lawsuit, first reported by the New York Times, alleges that Brown sexually assaulted Taylor on three occasions, twice in June 2017 and once in May 2018. Darren Heitner, Brown's lawyer, said his client "denies each and every allegation in the lawsuit" in a lengthy statement. Brown reportedly intends to countersue Taylor for civil extortion, according to ESPN's Josina Anderson.

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