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Antonio Brown Weirdly Absent Postgame With Locker Completely Cleared After Patriots Blowout Win

MIAMI, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 15:  Antonio Brown #17 of the New England Patriots looks on against the Miami Dolphins during the fourth quarter at Hard Rock Stadium on September 15, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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Antonio Brown had a solid debut with the New England Patriots, but he didn't stick around to talk about it after the final seconds ticked off the clock.

The superstar wide receiver's locker was completely cleared out, the nameplate was removed, and he was unavailable to talk to the media following New England's 43-0 blowout win over the Miami Dolphins.

This wouldn't be so strange if he didn't have allegations of rape hanging over his head. Seemingly immediately after Brown signed with the Patriots last weekend, it was revealed that a former trainer, Britney Taylor, had filed a lawsuit against him.

Then again, it's probably reasonable to assume that if he did stick around for postgame questions, they'd be more concerned with Taylor's allegations rather than the fact that he caught four passes for 56 yards and a touchdown in his Patriots debut.

Facts about the case are still emerging, and the NFL is conducting its own investigation into the matter, but a report from Sunday morning revealed that Brown and Taylor discussed a possible $2 million settlement back in April. Ultimately, though, Brown refused the deal.

For now, though, it seems like the Patriots and Brown are playing the entire situation close to the vest, content to not say anything compromising.

But even with that rationale, it doesn't make his absence any less noticeable and any less weird.