Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown faces rape accusations

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Although Brown is facing multiple allegations of sexual assault stemming from the lawsuit, the Patriots' newest receiver is still eligible to practice and play in games.

"He will pursue all legal remedies to not only clear his name, but to also protect other professional athletes against false accusations", Heitner said in a statement.

Belichick was asked specifically about the possibility of Brown being placed on the commissioner's exempt list by Roger Goodell. The second incident occurred a month later, when Brown allegedly snuck up behind Taylor, masturbated and ejaculated on her back while at Brown's home in Miami, according to the lawsuit. He was definitely spotted at New England's first practice of the week on Wednesday, however, wearing a temporary No. 1 jersey during warm-ups and team stretching.

"We take these allegations very seriously", their statement reads.

"As criminal prosecutors, we always encourage all victims of sexual assaults to report these matters to the police for proper investigation", a statement from Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office spokesman Ed Griffith, read.

Brown would, however, be eligible to continue being paid on the one-year deal he signed Monday with the Patriots that could pay him $15 million this season.

Antonio Brown has officially made his debut with the New England Patriots.

While Brown has denied the allegations and plans to countersue for civil extortion, it's yet another blemish on Brown as he attempts to revive his career with the Patriots.

"The NFL has an investigation to conduct, and I guess the Patriots are going to defer the league", Schefter said, via NESN's Mike Cole.

Still, the Oakland Raiders head coach was faced with questions on Wednesday about the sexual assault and rape allegations against the star wide receiver. When he refused, Heitner explained that's when the two cut ties.

This does not mean that the Patriots are allowing Brown to wear a prohibited helmet, though. But a freaky foot injury, fights with the National Football League over his helmet, skipping practices, multiple fines, a run-in with Raiders general manager Mike Mayock and his social media posts ultimately led to the decision to release him.