New England Patriots star wideout Antonio Brown will take the practice field despite a rape allegation hanging over his head, head coach Bill Belichick said Wednesday, as his agent maintained Brown’s innocence.
“Yes,” said the characteristically taciturn Belichick when asked whether the team was preparing to have Brown in pads on Wednesday.
But asked whether Brown — picked up by the Patriots hours after he was cut Saturday by the Oakland Raiders to cap a turbulent offseason — would suit up for his New England debut on Sunday, the coaching savant offered a typically cryptic Belichick response.
“We’re taking it one day at a time, just like we always do,” he said. “We’re preparing for one day at a time.”
Meanwhile, Brown’s agent Drew Rosenhaus said Taylor’s lawsuit was expected, while maintaining the athlete’s innocence.
“Antonio and I have been, unfortunately, anticipating this possibility,” Rosenhaus said Wednesday on ESPN. “And what I want to emphasize is Antonio takes these allegations very seriously.”
Rosenhaus then accused Taylor of having ulterior motives in filing the suit.
“This is a money grab,” he said.
Britney Taylor, Brown’s former personal trainer, filed the suit Tuesday in Florida, accusing the gridiron star of raping and sexually assaulting her on three occasions across 2017 and 2018, when Brown played for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The agent wouldn’t answer whether the Pats were aware of Taylor’s accusations before signing him. But he said Brown would cooperate with the NFL’s investigation.
“There are facts out there that will come to light, that will establish that he is indeed not guilty of these accusations,” Rosenhaus said.