More information has surfaced after the allegations of rape and sexual assault against New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown were made.
Brown is being sued in federal court by his alleged victim, Britney Taylor.
According to ESPN, Taylor is set to meet with the NFL next week, after her wedding ceremony.
The NFL does not have any subpoena power in this matter, so Taylor is doing so voluntarily.
This is believed to be an opportunity for Taylor to offer up facts and evidence regarding the allegations made against Brown.
Reports indicate Taylor has passed a lie detector test administered by her attorneys, and there were also alleged conversations to additional parties about the alleged assaults by Brown.
Here's the latest on the Antonio Brown-Britney Taylor case, per sources. pic.twitter.com/XjRkyNJnAI— ig: josinaanderson (@JosinaAnderson) September 12, 2019
Brown and Taylor met when they were paired as bible study partners while studying at Central Michigan University in 2010. Taylor claims Brown got back in touch in 2017 when he needed help with his flexibility and ankle strength.
It was while she was employed as his personal trainer, Taylor alleges Brown sexually assaulted and raped her on three separate occasions.
In a statement through her attorney, made available to DailyMail.com, Taylor said:
“As a rape victim of Antonio Brown, deciding to speak out has been an incredibly difficult decision. I have found strength in my faith, my family, and from the accounts of other survivors of sexual assault. Speaking out removes the shame that I have felt for the past year and places it on the person responsible for my rape. I will cooperate with the NFL and any other agencies; however, at this time, I respectfully request that the media please respect my privacy.”
As of Thursday (Sept. 12) the NFL has not made any statements, and Brown did attend practice this week. It is unclear whether he will play this Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.
Brown has asserted his innocence through his attorney and is seeking all legal recourse available to fight the allegations.
It also appears that Brown will not face any investigation from the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s office.
In a statement clarifying comments made by Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala, his office will not be looking into allegations made against Brown. At the time of the alleged incidents, Brown was a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
These allegations were not related to the rape case and had to do with another matter. The statement read, according to Fox News:
“The incident that DA Zappala referenced earlier today involving Northern Regional Police Department contacting our office concerning Antonio Brown did not involve the incident mentioned in the federal lawsuit that has been filed. That contact instead involved a conversation that our office had with Northern Regional Police Department concerning a possible child endangerment situation involving Mr. Brown. The result of that conversation was a decision that we could not move forward with investigating that claim. Neither Northern Regional Police Department nor our office was ever contacted about the 2017 event that is contained in the federal lawsuit.”
This suit and the allegations have a lot of moving parts and there is the she-said he-said dynamic at play.
That brings us to believability and the difficulty many rape and sexual assault victims have in regards to coming forward.
In a display of total ignorance and lack of sensitivity and judgment, Omar Kelly, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel Dolphins beat writer, took to Twitter and made very regrettable statements.
No apology yet from @OmarKelly of the @SunSentinel, but someone finally told him to delete the initial awful tweet. Some of his replies still exist. And screenshots are forever. pic.twitter.com/iDVoRd8oMr— CJ Hoyt (@CJHoytABC27) September 11, 2019
The tweets have since been removed, and Kelly offered up the following apology.
Please allow me to address something I stated earlier on Twitter. pic.twitter.com/lC5IKX6gxm— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) September 11, 2019
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