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New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown has spoken publicly for the first time since he was accused of sexual assault earlier this week, taking to Instagram to coyly respond to the allegations amid rumors he’s set to take the field in Miami this weekend against the Dolphins.
In a live video broadcasted on Thursday evening from teammate Tom Brady’s TB12 Sports Therapy Center, Brown didn’t reference his accuser directly but did appear to loosely reference the allegations and reiterate his innocence.
Matter - Matter - Somebody - Work - Brown
'No matter what they say, no matter what they hate, somebody’s still gotta work,' Brown told the some 16,000 followers watching the stream.
‘In the time of crisis, all I ask is love, dedication and focus. The devil is going to try to bring you down when you get closer to your goals.
NFL - Star - New - England - Saturday
The 31-year-old NFL star signed with New England on Saturday in a deal worth $15 million, just hours after he made a controversial exit from the Oakland Raiders.
But within two-days of the announcement, another followed. This time from the attorney of his former personal trainer, 28-year-old Britney Taylor, who revealed she was suing Brown for allegedly sexually assaulting and raping her.
Severity - Taylor - Claims - Signs - Towards
Despite the severity of Taylor’s claims, all the signs are pointing towards Brown making his Patriots debut on Sunday in Week two of the NFL season.
So far this week, the Patriots have held two practice sessions and Brown has been present for both.
Injury - Field - Decision - League - Commissioner
Excluding an injury, the only think likely to exclude him from taking the field would be a last-second decision made by the league to put him on the commissioner’s exempt list.
The NFL is currently investigating the sexual assault lawsuit, and for now, the receiver is still allowed to practice and play in games while the probe continues, in accordance with league rules.
But, should officials opt to...
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