On Sunday, Antonio Brown kicked off his attempt to redeem himself following weeks of on-and-off field drama. After first demanding to be traded by the Pittsburgh Steelers, then causing commotion in Oakland over his helmet, and ultimately demanding to be released from the Raiders over a series of fines, Brown was finally ready to kick off the season in New England with the Patriots.
However, just days after Brown signed the deal, his former trainer filed a civil suit against him, alleging multiple instances of sexual assault and rape. According to the alleged victim, who has been identified as Brittney Taylor, the first incident occurred June of 2017, in which Brown reportedly “exposed himself and kissed [her] without her consent. In the second incident, which occurred later that month, Taylor said the baller “ejaculated on her back.”
The third incident occurred almost one year after the first- after Brown convinced her to resume her work as his trainer. On May 20, 2018, Taylor said Brown “forcibly raped her,” but according to TMZ, did not file a report with the police. More than one year later, Taylor filed a civil suit, demanding compensation for “physical injuries, pain and suffering, humiliation, embarrassment and more,” while Brown denied the allegations.
But now, after interviews with two dozen people, Sports Illustrated has uncovered another allegation of sexual misconduct, but this time, the alleged victim has chosen to remain anonymous.
According to the new report by Robert Klemko, the incident occurred in June of 2017 after Brown offered to pay $700 for a painting of himself at a charity softball game, surpassing the winning bid by $250. Although the baller offered to pay for the painting at a later date, he invited the artist to paint a mural in his home for a daily fee of $100 with a van transport to and from her New York City home, with friends.
On the first day, the woman said Brown’s flirtatious nature didn’t bother her, although it was somewhat uncomfortable. But, the second day, that’s when things took a turn for the worse.
The woman said she was in a kneeling position working on the painting, when she noticed Brown standing behind her. “He was flirty with me but I paid him no mind because I was there on business, plus, I had already seen him with multiple girls in the short time I was with him,” she said. “I was about 40% done on the second day, and I’m on my knees painting the bottom, and he walks up to me butt-ass naked, with hand cloth covering his [penis] and starts having a conversation with me.” Although Brown didn’t make a move on her, she took it as a “clear sexual come-on,” according to Klemko. “Unfortunately, I’ve been tried [by men] a lot of times, so I just kept my cool and kept painting,” the woman said, adding, “After that, it all ended abruptly.”
The next day, Brown reportedly told the woman that he’d be heading to Miami. But, from then, she didn’t hear anything from him. In fact, she said she brought another painting to his home, during her short time there, but it had since been stranded in Brown’s house after Brown ghosted her. However, the baller did pay her $2,000 for her work, she said, adding that she would not be pursuing charges over the incident. But as for the payment for the initial painting, the charity co-founder said they never received it.
“We didn’t want to sue,” Sophia Hanson, co-founder of the National Youth Foundation, said, “because our mission is all about seeing the good in people and lifting people up. Part of me has to believe that at some point, one of these grown men are going to realize that they shouldn’t be stealing from a charity run by black women benefiting children. I have to believe that.”
In the wake of the allegations, Brown’s attorney Darren Haitner told Baller Alert, “We currently have no comment on these allegations,” but later released a statement, saying, “Antonio Brown has reviewed the sexual misconduct allegations made by an unnamed artist included in a recently published Sports Illustrated article and denies that he ever engaged in such activities. There will be no further comment at this time.”