Antonio Brown continues to dominate the sports news cycle, and as the allegations of malpractice--whatever you want to make of such a vague term--continue to mount, a new report has made the NFL's investigation into AB all the more difficult.
A Sports Illustrated bombshell broke on Monday morning, in which a new accuser alleged Brown made an unwanted sexual advance towards her in 2017. In response, Brown has, per Robert Klemko and SI, sent some 'menacing' text messages to the woman, in which he instructs his associates to look into her and her children as an intimidation tactic.
“Our client ... is understandably frightened by these text messages, which are clearly intended to threaten and intimidate her,” the accuser's lawyer wrote in a statement to the NFL. “While she certainly qualifies as a ‘starving artist,’ she has never approached Mr. Brown, nor will she, about seeking money to compensate her for his sexual misconduct, contrary to his allegations in the text messages.”
Brown is facing several civil suits, stemming from failure to pay bills to sexual assault and rape. This newest claim just came to light earlier this week, although the alleged victim's lawyer insisted she is not seeking remuneration for her accusation against Brown.
“This sort of intimidation and harassment is the reason victims are often so reluctant to step forward in these cases,” the lawyer of the alleged victim told Sports Illustrated. “We have confidence the NFL and the Patriots will step in and end this behavior.”
Of course, all these allegations must be taken as such. The woman alleges that the number she has saved in her contacts as Brown belongs to him, but the Pro Bowl wideout has yet to confirm. When SI reporter Robert Klemko pushed the person the accuser believes to be Brown on his intimidation tactics via a phone call and then text message, he responded with 'FOH', an infamous acronym for f*** outta here.
The lead texter in this group went after the woman's social status and financial standing in an attempt to degrade her. Also included in the group is allegedly Brown's lawyer Darren Heitner, who told SI he did advise his client not to communicate with any of his accusers. However, Heitner did not confirm the authenticity of said texts, and refused comment to Sports Illustrated.
As always, this is a developing story and will be updated as such.