The Patriots released a statement Tuesday night on the allegations surrounding wide receiver Antonio Brown, who was accused of rape in a lawsuit filed earlier in the day.
“We are aware of the civil lawsuit that was filed earlier today against Antonio Brown, as well as the response by Antonio’s representatives,” read the statement. “We take these allegations very seriously. Under no circumstance does this organization condone sexual violence or assault. The league has informed us that they will be investigating. We will have no further comment while that investigation takes place.”
Brown officially joined the Patriots Monday. He was present at Gillette Stadium, where he met with quarterback Tom Brady as well as other team personnel, and was expected to participate in practice on Wednesday.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the allegations caught the team by surprise.