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Antonio Brown sues for rape, sexual abuse: Patriots get what they registered for



The Patriots wanted Antonio Brown.

And now they get everything that comes with Antonio Brown – so much trouble at every turn that the Steelers and Raiders decided that an All Pro wide receiver was no longer worth it. [19659003] Tuesday's news about Brown's former coach sues him for rape and sexual assault apparently dwarfing all his other dysfunctional nonsense from this summer.

The frozen feet, helmet debacle and scream match with Raiders general manager Mike Mayock, plus what is absurd, self-absorbed video of him celebrating his release from Oakland was … none of that matters now. Because Brown has gone from jester heel to accused rape. (He denies all charges in the woman's trial.)

And while the Patriots certainly couldn't have known that Brown would be affected by this suit, they knew the type of fugitive player (and person) they acquired when they agreed to sign him Saturday, shortly after the Raiders released him. Now, the Patriots are getting exactly the problems they registered for when they try to win a second straight Super Bowl.

It's unclear how the NFL will now handle Brown in the wake of the lawsuit. Can he be placed on the Commissioner's waiver list, because the league is conducting its investigation and the suit is operating through Florida courts? It is not a lock, as this is not a criminal case. Brown has not been charged with a crime. He has only been sued by his former coach.

Only NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is authorized to place a player on the exempt list (hence the name). Earlier this summer, Giants safety Kamrin Moore was placed on the list after being accused of beating a woman. (The case was later dropped.)

But Brown's situation, with one action, is different. And trials can take much longer to go through the justice system than a criminal case, especially if the case is dismissed. How long is Goodell willing to wait before making a decision on Brown, who will make his Patriots debut on Sunday in Miami?

It is also unclear what unreasonable evidence may be presented against Brown, who acknowledged a sexual relationship with the woman, but said that all meetings were consistent.

Because the NFL is investigating this, it has no accompanying criminal case to invoke. Brown's former coach said in her lawsuit that she would cooperate with any NFL or legal investigation. And remember, Goodell does not have to base his decision on the cancellation of the outcome of a criminal case ̵

1; or even if there was a criminal case at all.

The Patriots expected Brown to help them repeat. They just traded Demaryius Thomas to the Jets. Although Thomas got stuck, Brown is a much better receiver anyway. Quarterback Tom Brady's trio of Brown, Josh Gordon and Julian Edelman looks like a productive team as the Patriots strive for their seventh championship.

But here's the thing: Even if the Patriots get what they signed up for with Brown, they can very easily live without him if they decide to ditch him.

New England just beat the Steelers 33-3 on Sunday night without Brown. Until late last week, the Patriots didn't even think about his plans for 2019. He was just a (extremely gifted) bonus after he defeated his way out of Oakland.

The Patriots did not invest too much in Brown, giving him a one-year contract with a maximum value of $ 15 million (if he hits all the incentives). They gave Brown $ 10 million guaranteed, including a $ 9 million signing bonus.

But teams can always collect guaranteed money if they release a player who is embedded in a serious legal situation. But Brown's rape and sexual abuse process turns out, it won't go away any time soon.

Problems at every turn, across the country and back, from Pittsburgh to Oakland to New England.

New location. [19659002] Same Antonio Brown.

Darryl Slater can be reached at [email protected] . Follow him on Twitter @DarrylSlater . Find NJ.com Jets on Facebook .


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