Late Tuesday night, news broke that New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown is facing a lawsuit alleging he sexually assaulted his former trainer on multiple occasions.
Brown’s legal trouble comes just a few days after he signed with New England. He was released by the Oakland Raiders after a tumultuous few months with the club on Saturday before agreeing to terms with the Patriots hours later.
Once word of the allegations got out, many wondered if the Patriots knew about Brown’s pending legal problem when they signed him.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, neither the team nor the NFL had any awareness this was going to happen.
My understanding is that neither the league, nor the #Patriots, knew about the potential lawsuit for WR Antonio Brown before he signed in New England. Asked about that today, Bill Belichick said: “I’m not going to be expanding on the statements that have already been given.”
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 11, 2019
If New England had known this was coming and signed Brown anyway, it is not only a bad look, it’s nonsensical as well.
Brown may be facing suspension from the league and now the Patriots have one of those major “distractions” that Bill Belichick hates so much.
The Patriots will face the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. Brown will practice with the team today, but his status for Sunday is unknown.