NFL Could Place Antonio Brown On Commissioner's Exempt List

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The star National Football League receiver, signed by the Patriots over the weekend after he fell out with the Oakland Raiders, is accused in a civil lawsuit filed Tuesday of sexually assaulting and raping his former Bible study partner and physical trainer.

"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.

According to Yahoo Sports, which cited a source familiar with the league's talks, the NFL would prefer to move "quickly" in determining if the Patriots receiver should be placed on the commissioner's exempt list after he was accused in a civil lawsuit of sexual assault and rape. The most serious allegation from Taylor is that Brown raped her in May 2018. It's a good bet any Patriots players that witnessed the Miami Miracle previous year will be itching to get another crack at the Dolphins, even if it's a totally different team.

The New York Times first reported about the lawsuit. We're taking it very seriously all the way through the organization.

Heitner said in his statement Taylor invited herself to join Brown and his friends on a night out on the town, and then came on to Brown before they engaged in consensual sex at his residence.

Antonio Brown posted an Instagram video of him working out at the TB12 Sports Therapy Center on Thursday, joined by trainer Alex Guerrero.

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With Brown at practice, that means there's definitely a chance that he could be making his Patriots debut on Sunday against the Dolphins.

From the moment Brown's agent Drew Rosenhaus admitted Tuesday that he and Brown were aware that a lawsuit was possible, speculation began about whether the Patriots were aware of the possible suit when they signed him.

Brown was back to rocking a Schutt helmet ... at least for practice.

Brown was a member of the Steelers when the alleged incidents took place.

"At the end of the day, if you still work with someone that's been sexually assaulting you, how is that sexual assault?". We will be reaching out to the pertinent police agencies to determine if they had any prior contacts or investigations.

Brown was originally traded from Pittsburgh to Oakland in the offseason.