New England Patriots release Antonio Brown, who faces rape allegation

New England Patriots release Antonio Brown, who faces rape allegation

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(Reuters) – The New England Patriots on Friday released wide receiver Antonio Brown, the team said in a statement after the athlete was accused of rape by his former personal trainer.

Brown has denied the allegations, which were made in a civil lawsuit.

The Patriots, Super Bowl champions, signed the four-time All-Pro player as a free agent earlier this month, just as the season was starting and soon after the Oakland Raiders released him.

“The New England Patriots are releasing Antonio Brown,” a spokesman for the Patriots said in a statement. “We appreciate the hard work of many people over the past 11 days, but we feel that it is best to move in a different direction at this time.”

On Friday, the athlete said on Twitter, “Thank you for the opportunity @Patriots #GoWinIt.”

A spokesman for Brown could not immediately be reached for further comment.

In a civil lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Florida last week, Brown’s former trainer, Britney Taylor, said he raped her at his Miami home in May 2018. That incident followed one in June 2017, when Brown forcibly kissed and sexually assaulted Taylor at his Pittsburgh-area home, according to the lawsuit.

Brown previously spent nine seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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