Sep 11, 2019 1:48 AM

Antonio Brown accused of rape by former trainer

Posted Sep 11, 2019 1:48 AM

Associated Press


New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown has been accused of rape by a former trainer.


Britney Taylor says Brown sexually assaulted her on three occasions, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in the Southern District of Florida.


Brown has denied the allegations. Darren Heitner, a lawyer representing Brown, says it was "a consensual personal relationship."


The New York Times first reported about the lawsuit.


Messages were left seeking comment from the Patriots and the NFL.


Brown was released by the Oakland Raiders last week after clashing with the team throughout training camp. He agreed to a contract with New England on Saturday, but has yet to play for the Patriots.

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Sep 11, 2019 1:48 AM
California, NCAA on collision course over pay-for-likeness issue

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Assembly has passed legislation to let college athletes make money, setting up a confrontation with the NCAA that could jeopardize the athletic futures of programs at USC, UCLA and Stanford.


The bill would let college athletes hire agents and be paid for the use of their name, image or likeness. And it would stop universities and the NCAA from banning athletes who take the money.


The Assembly passed the bill 66-0 on Monday, a few days after the bill got an endorsement from NBA superstar Lebron James, who did not go to college.


Universities oppose the bill, and the NCAA has warned the bill could mean California universities would be ineligible for national championships.


The California Senate must take a final vote on the bill by Friday.