Invoice Belichick spoke for the primary time Wednesday since newly acquired receiver Antonio Brown was accused in a civil lawsuit of sexual assault and rape.
In a tense press conference Wednesday, the Patriots coach addressed the state of affairs with out going into a lot element.
“On Antonio’s situation, both Antonio and his representatives have made statements, so I’m not going to be expanding on any of those,” Belichick stated. “They are what they are. We’re looked into the situation. We’re taking it very seriously all the way through the organization. I’m sure there are questions, but there’s not going to be any discussion about that today.”
When pressed for extra data, Belichick sternly dismissed the questions.
“I’m not going to be expanding on the statements that have already been given,” Belichick stated, repeating, “When we know more we’ll say more.”
Requested about Brown’s standing for Week 2, Belichick could not decide to the veteran enjoying in opposition to the Dolphins however did say the group anticipated him at observe Wednesday.
“We’re taking it one day at a time … like we always do,” Belichick stated. “I appreciate all the questions, but what’s been said has been said.”
Shortly thereafter, Brown was on the sphere on the Patriots facility, carrying No. 1.
Brown has been accused of sexually assaulting his former coach, Britney Taylor, in a lawsuit filed Tuesday within the Southern District of Florida. The lawsuit alleges there have been three separate incidents, two of which occurred in June 2017. Taylor alleges within the go well with she was “forcibly raped” by Brown within the different incident, which befell in May 2018.
Brown’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, showing Wednesday on ESPN, described the go well with as “a money grab,” including, “These allegations are false. He denies every one of them.”
“I wouldn’t be doing this interview if I didn’t believe Antonio. These allegations are false. He denies every one of them.”
—Drew Rosenhaus on the accusations in opposition to his consumer, Antonio Brown pic.twitter.com/CXUHb8ySUj
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 11, 2019
The NFL has but to touch upon the state of affairs, however the Patriots launched an announcement saying the league knowledgeable the group it should launch an investigation.
“We are aware of the civil lawsuit that was filed earlier today against Antonio Brown, as well as the response by Antonio’s representatives,” the Patriots stated in an announcement. “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.”
The Washington Submit reported Wednesday that the NFL will “give serious consideration” to placing Brown on the commissioner’s exempt record, making him ineligible to play, because it investigates the state of affairs. It is unclear if any such determination can be made earlier than the Patriots-Dolphins sport Sunday.
Brown was launched by the Raiders at his request Saturday following an eventful offseason and signed with the Patriots on Monday.