Antonio Brown's agent Drew Rosenhaus: 'I'm not going to get into my discussions with the Patriots'

Christopher Bumbaca, USA TODAY
Published 1:05 p.m. ET Sept. 11, 2019 | Updated 1:42 p.m. ET Sept. 11, 2019CLOSEAs Antonio Brown prepared for his first practice with the New England Patriots, his agent would not reveal whether his new team was aware of the lawsuit alleging sexual assault against Brown that became public Tuesday, a day after the team signed him to a one-year deal.In an interview Wednesday on “SportsCenter,” Drew Rosenhaus said he and Brown had been anticipating the possibility of the lawsuit being filed. However, he did not confirm or deny whether he revealed that information with the Patriots prior to the deal being completed.”I’m not going to get into that element,” Rosenhaus said. “I’m not going to get into my discussions with the Patriots and what may or may not have been discussed. I just want to reiterate: people should please keep in mind that Antonio denies these allegations. He will have a full investigation. He will go through the legal process.” ARMOUR: Antonio Brown is becoming the worst thing to happen to NFL’s 100th seasonWHAT WE KNOW: Sexual assault lawsuit filed against Patriots star Antonio BrownBrown is being accused of sexual assault and rape over three separate incidents by his former trainer, Britney Taylor. She filed the civil lawsuit in Southern District of Florida on Tuesday, alleging the incidents occurred in 2017 and 2018.Rosenhaus maintained his client’s innocence and wanted to remind viewers that the case is a civil matter.”What I want to emphasize is that Antonio takes these allegations very seriously,” the agent said. “He is a loving father of five children, including a daughter. … I wouldn’t be doing this interview if I didn’t believe Antonio. These allegations are false. He denies every one of them. I’m very confident his legal team has facts that will prove this. All we can ask for is that people keep in mind this is a civil matter. This is not a criminal matter. This is a civil case right now and there’s a procedure.” The NFL and NFL Players’ Association have discussed the lawsuit, Rosenhaus said, with a meeting scheduled for Wednesday to discuss how to proceed with the situation. Rosenhaus pledged Brown’s full cooperation. “He will cooperate with the Patriots, with the NFL, with the investigation and with the NFLPA,” Rosenhaus said. “And in time, Antonio will be cleared. These allegations in the lawsuit are false. They are not true. They are absolutely not true.” In a statement Tuesday, Brown’s legal representation categorized the lawsuit as an extortion plot, a stance Rosenhaus echoed. “I’m advising him to let the truth come out. I’m advising him to concentrate on football. I’m advising him to cooperate with the Patriots, with the NFL, with the NFLPA,” Rosenhaus said. “Antonio and I both strongly believe these allegations are very serious. In no way do we condone any type of illegal conduct, misbehavior. None of that happened here. This is a money grab.” 

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