Former New England Patriots Super Bowl MVP Deion Branch has come to calm the nerves of Pats fans who are worried that Antonio Brown's recent scandal will jinx the team. After Brown forced the Oakland Raiders to release him, he was swiftly picked up by the Patriots. However, the ink wasn't even dry on his contract before a woman named Britney Taylor, his personal trainer and reported friend from college, filed a lawsuit against him. Taylor cites three instances when she claims Brown sexually assaulted her, including one incident where she accuses the football star of raping her at his home. Brown has vehemently denied that he ever assaulted Taylor.
Scandals such as these can be distractions for players, no matter the sport, but in a chat with TMZ, Branch says that he knows the Patriots will be able to keep it together. "Everything starts with Bill," he said. "It starts with your leader on the team. Coach Belichick, out of all the years he's been coaching and been a part of numerous different organizations, trust me, this ain't the first time something like this has came up with some of the players. He will do what's best for the organization. That we all know."
"None of this stuff is good but at the same time, first and foremost, one thing this team doesn't condone is things of that nature," he continued. "I don't know what's true and what's false. The team is gonna let everything play out. They're gonna do their investigation and they're gonna do what's best for the team, first."
He said that the Patriots team just needs to stay focused and do their jobs without being distracted by the noise. "If you don't have anything to do with it, just stay far away from it," Branch added. He also said team officials are used to dealing with things like this. "Unfortunately, these things come up through the course of the season [but] they get handled. Everything gets sorted out."
NFL Considering Placing Antonio Brown On Commissioner’s Exempt List
AB could be ruled ineligible as a result of recent lawsuit.
New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown has been accused of sexually assaulting his former trainer, Britney Taylor, and although he has denied the allegations there's a chance he will be prevented from stepping on the field while the league investigates.
According to The Washington Post, the NFL is giving "serious consideration" to placing Brown on the commissioner’s exempt list. If that's the case, AB would still receive his game checks but he will be ineligible to play until he is removed from the list.
The Patriots have released the following statement regarding the civil lawsuit filed against Brown.
“We are aware of the civil lawsuit that was filed earlier today against Antonio Brown, as well as the response by Antonio’s representatives. We take these allegations very seriously. Under no circumstance does this organization condone sexual violence or assault. The league has informed us that they will be investigating. We will have no further comment while that investigation takes place.”
Taylor, who claims Brown bragged about sexually assaulting her text messages, issued 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. 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.”
She is expected to meet with the NFL next week, following her wedding, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Former Raiders LB Neiron Ball Passes Away At 27: Report
Neiron Ball was a beloved player for the Florida Gators.
Tragedy has struck the football community recently as it was announced that former Florida Gators and Oakland Raiders linebacker Neiron Ball has passed away at the age of 27. Ball played with the Raiders in 2015 and throughout his life, he struggled with a congenital condition which made his blood vessels in his brain rupture after getting tangled up.
Ball's condition worsened throughout the years and in 2018, it caused him to suffer an aneurysm. Ball was placed in a medically induced coma and eventually became a quadriplegic. Over the last year or so, his family made mention of his health struggles and the financial cost that came along with it. There was even a fundraiser set up for Ball's medical costs. Ball's sister took to Facebook recently to thank everyone for their support during these tough times.
"The Ball family is forever grateful for the prayers, donations, and immense support of Neiron and his recovery," Natalie Ball Myricks said in her post. "Neiron was a very special and loving father, brother, and teammate. Neiron has transitioned to a place of peace."
The Raiders took to Twitter last night to pay respects to Ball. His fans were also quick to react to the news which has come as a bit of shock to people throughout the community.
Our condolences go out to the Ball family during these tough times.
Antonio Brown’s Former Trainer Accuses Him Of Multiple Sexual Assaults
His lawyer has issued a statement.
If you thought that Antonio Brown's name would make its way out of the headlines now that his debacle with the Oakland Raiders is over, you're highly mistaken. On Tuesday, a lawsuit was filed in Florida by Brown's former trainer, a woman named Britney Taylor, who has made claims that the NFL star sexually assaulted her on multiple occasions.
According to ESPN, Taylor states in her lawsuit that there were three occasions in 2017 and 2018 where Brown behaved inappropriately. Taylor mentions in her lawsuit that she met Brown when they were students at Central Michigan University and became friends when they bumped into each other at a Bible study group. After running into each other years later, they developed a "brother-sister" relationship and Brown reportedly hired her as a physical trainer.
In June 2017, Taylor accuses Brown of kissing her without her consent after exposing himself at his home. In July of that year at his house in Miami, she claims he masturbated and ejaculated on her back without her knowledge. In that incident, Taylor claims Brown gloated about it vis text messages.
Nearly a year later, Taylor states that she was out in Miami at a nightclub before she later went to Brown's home to get something to eat and use the restroom. While there, Taylor says the New England Patriots receiver "forced her down onto a bed, pushed her face into the mattress, and forcibly raped her."
Darren Heitner, Brown's lawyer, released a statement regarding the lawsuit saying that the relationship between Brown and Taylor was a "consensual personal relationship. Any sexual interaction with Mr. Brown was entirely consensual." Heitner also tweeted, "Antonio Brown will leave no stone unturned and will aggressively defend himself, including exercising all of his rights in countersuits."
Taylor says in her lawsuit that she has frequent panic attacks and suicidal thoughts because of the alleged assaults. She also issued a statement, saying, “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.”
ESPN reports the trainer is seeking in excess of $75,000.
Quavo Applauds Antonio Brown For Forcing His Way Out Of Oakland
“It’s time for players to pick their own destiny.”
Antonio Brown successfully forced his way out of Oakland before ever playing a snap for the Raiders, following a tumultuous offseason filled with drama off the field. Not only did Brown get released at his request, but he now gets to join the defending champion New England Patriots, where he’ll be catching passes from six-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady.
Critics have blasted AB for the way he went about his business in Oakland this summer, but not everyone is upset with the All Pro receiver. Quavo, for instance, praised Brown for creating an opportunity where he finally was able to choose where he wants to play.
“It’s time for players to pick their own destiny,” Quavo says. “You gotta be happy with where you’re at. You can’t just not be happy at an unhappy home.”
“I think the Patriots will be a good spot for him.”
Things certainly appear to be off to a good start in New England, as Brady has already invited AB to crash at his home until he gets settled in. The duo posed for a selfie on instagram last night and Brown was all smiles.
The Patriots cruised to a 33-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 1 even without Brown in the lineup, so it should be a total bloodbath when the team visits the lousy Miami Dolphins in Week 2.
Oakland Raiders Fans Chant “F*ck AB,” Burn Antonio Brown Jerseys: Video
Plenty of "Antonio Clown" signs in the stands last night.
Oakland Raiders fans had reason to celebrate following Monday night's victory over the AFC West division rival Denver Broncos, but before the game The Black Hole was primarily focused on trashing Antonio Brown.
In case you've been living under a rock, the Raiders traded for Brown during the off-season but he ultimately forced his way out of town, paving the way for him to sign with the New England Patriots instead. Needless to say, Raiders fans wanted to make their feelings about AB known prior to kickoff last night.
Naturally, there were many "Fuck AB!" chants and the burning of No. 84 jerseys, while others rolled up to the Coliseum with signs directed at "Antonio Clown."
The chants continued even during the game, as the Raiders jumped out to an early lead and held on for a 24-16 victory. After the win, head coach Jon Gruden made it clear that he never wants to talk about Brown ever again, noting that the Patriots "get their turn" to deal with him now.
“I’m never going to bring it up again,” said Gruden of Antonio Brown, NBC Sports Bay Area. “That incident, whatever you call it, had nothing to do with our team’s focus or preparation. That’s it, end of story. Sorry.”
“As much as people talk about it. I mean my God, I feel like someone’s smashing my temple on the side the head,” Gruden said just minutes after saying he was never bringing it up again. “Get over it, man, it’s over. We were good in the preseason without him. We’re going to be fine without him”
“We wish him the best,” Gruden said of AB. “We gave it a shot. And now New England gets their turn. Good luck to them. But I just can’t deal with it anymore, sorry.”
Scroll down to check out some more footage and images from the eventful home-opener in Oakland.
Raiders GM Gives Antonio Brown Some Light Shade Following Release
The Raiders have been left reeling from the AB saga.
Antonio Brown was truly one of the worst things to happen to the Oakland Raiders this offseason as he caused way too many headaches to count. It was clear Brown never really wanted to play for the Raiders and that at times, he was purposely trying to get himself released from the team. Now, he's on the New England Patriots and seems to be as happy as ever. He is playing for a real championship contender and gets to play with arguably the best quarterback of all-time.
Last night, the Raiders played their first game of the season and were able to pick up a win against a divisional rival, the Denver Broncos. The score was 24-16 and after the game, the media tried to talk to general manager Mike Mayock about AB. In a tweet from Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area, it was clear that Mayock wasn't a fan of AB and even threw some shade his way.
“There isn’t much to say. Actions speak louder than words,” Mayock said. Based on these comments, you can tell he's a little hurt by the situation and just wants to move on. Jon Gruden, Mayock, and the Raiders organization have come out of this whole saga looking like fools and it would probably behoove everyone involved to move on.
Shannon Sharpe Tears Apart Antonio Brown For "Embarrassing" Antics: Watch
Sharpe is unamused with AB.
Antonio Brown has been getting on everybody's nerves as of late and the Oakland Raiders have been the victim in all of this. They should have known what they were getting into with Brown but instead, they took a risk and now they're paying the price. After Brown got into a spat with the general manager, his days in Oakland could be numbered and the fans are fed up of the antics.
FS1 Undisputed co-host Shannon Sharpe is also sick of Brown's behavior and on his show today, he let his feeling be known. Sharpe knows all about what it takes to be a star in the NFL and was incredibly critical of what Brown has done to himself throughout this entire process.
"There is no two sides to this story...The Raiders are going to suspend Antonio Brown," Sharpe said." They're going to void that $30M. He just cost himself $30M. Given who he is, I knew there was no way that they were making it two years. This is embarrassing."
There is no doubt that Brown is one of the best wide receivers in the league and Sharpe is well aware of that. It's been hard to see AB destroy his career in such a way and at this point, NFL fans just want him to better himself and focus on football.
Antonio Brown Finally Breaks His Silence On Raiders Debacle
Brown denies calling his GM a "cracker."
Antonio Brown's antics in Oakland have been nothing short of spectacular unless your actually a fan of the Raiders then they've been the worst thing in the world. The last 24 hours have been wild as it was reported that Brown could be suspended and even cut by the team after an altercation with Raiders general manager Mike Mayock. There were even reports that Brown threatened to punch Mayock and even called him a "cracker." Earlier today, another report surfaced saying Brown had apologized to the team and would even get to play on Monday.
The latest update coming out of Raiders camp comes from Brown himself as he spoke to ESPN's Dianna Russini about the alleged altercation. As Russini reports, Brown denied ever calling Mayock a "cracker" and that the exchange of words was much calmer than the media originally reported.
It's interesting to see Brown downplay the alleged altercation especially when you consider he offered such an emotional apology this morning. For now, it seems like Brown wants to keep things hush-hush before he ruins his chances of playing on Monday against the Denver Broncos. The Raiders need as much help as they can get and Brown is certainly a big part of that.
Business is boomin' once more in Oakland.
Raiders Announce Antonio Brown’s Status For Week 1
AB will make his Raiders debut on Monday night.
Antonio Brown's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad offseason with the Oakland Raiders has been well documented. The frostbitten feet, the helmet issues, the missed practices, the $54,000 fine, the blowout with team GM Mike Mayock and the subsequent "emotional apology."
And after all that, Antonio Brown won't face a suspension. In fact, the 31-year old Pro Bowler will be on the field Monday night when the Raiders host the Denver Broncos.
Head coach Jon Gruden addressed the media on Friday, following AB's apology, and he explained that the star wide receiver is back and "ready to move on."
According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Brown was joined by the Raiders team captains when he addressed the team today and apologized for initiating a heated exchange with GM Mike Mayock. During that incident, which reportedly took place midway through Wednesday's practice, AB cursed at Mayock and called him a "cracker." He later unfollowed the Raiders and quarterback Derek Carr on instagram and did not participate in Thursday's session, but all's well that ends well, right?
In 15 games with the Steelers last year, Brown caught 104 passes for 1,297 yards and a career-high 15 touchdowns. He'll look to return to form on Monday night as he makes his debut in the silver in black in the second game of ESPN's Week 1 Monday night double-header.