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Britney Taylor sues Antonio Brown for Rape, Sexual Assault

The New England Patriots receiver is accused of rape and sexual assault by college friend and former trainer Britney Taylor.

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Britney Taylor sues Antonio Brown for Rape, Sexual Assault


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The New England Patriots receiver is accused of rape and sexual assault by college friend and former trainer Britney Taylor.

The New York Times published a report this evening that gymnast Britney Taylor is suing her friend and former training client, New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown for rape and sexual assault.

In the lawsuit, Taylor accuses Brown of THREE separate occasions in which he acted inappropriately towards her, beginning in June of 2017 when Brown exposed himself to her and kissed her without consent. Later that same month, Brown invited Taylor over to watch television; at which point Brown began to masturbate while standing behind Taylor and proceeded to “ejaculate on her back”, again without consent. Brown would later brag about doing so in text messages to friends, all of which are presented as evidence in the lawsuit.

Then, in May of 2018, Brown escalated to rape when he invited Taylor over under the pretense of reconciling, only to force her onto a bed face down and begin to rape her while Taylor screamed “no” and “stop”. Taylor gave the following statement

“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.”

Brown, through his lawyer, denied all charges and said he will “pursue all legal remedies to not only clear his name but to also protect other professional athletes against false accusations.” Brown has been in the news this offseason for being a pain in Oakland’s ass because the NFL wouldn’t let him wear a helmet he liked. He also made news when he got in multiple verbal altercations with Raiders executives and coaches. As this offseason has shown, Brown is a level-headed guy that has little or no interest in imposing his will onto those around him, sometimes by force.

Brown eventually was cut by the Raiders because they were tired of his antics and was promptly signed by the New England Patriots, who hopefully had no knowledge of these accusations prior to signing him.

After the trial, Brown will return to the field and make millions of dollars a year and continually remind everyone how much he’s learned from this experience and how terribly sorry he is that Taylor ever felt “uncomfortable” because of him. (I’m just assuming on this part because neither the NFL or the US Justice system take rape as seriously as they should.)

The act of rape is a disgusting and vile act that is too often swept under the rug in our country. According to information from RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), perpetrators of sexual assault/rape are less likely to be convicted than perpetrators of a robbery or assault and battery. Only 5 of every 1000 sexual assault perpetrators will go to jail for their crime.

As this story progresses, we will all undoubtedly hear a great deal about how much this will negatively impact Brown’s future and reputation. I’m going to ask you to ignore that and believe Britney Taylor. Her bravery is incredible and we all owe her a debt of gratitude for coming forward.

Britney, I believe you. Thank you

Violet is a scenic designer/professor living in Brooklyn. She grew up in Texas but was embraced by Michigan and now lives in New York City. She primarily loves baseball and hockey and dabbles in football as well. She roots for a lot of teams because she's moved a lot and thinks that liking multiple teams and bandwagoning are good and she will die on that hill. You'll mostly hear her talk about the Phillies, Tigers, E-A-G-L-E-S, Red Wings and Blues(I miss you David Backes). Don't get too attached to those teams though, she is really terrible at committing. Oh, and she's a proud trans woman but don't make a big deal out of it ok?

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