Wide receiver Antonio Brown made his Patriots debut against the Miami Dolphins Sunday afternoon, despite the rape and sexual assault allegations against him.
Here are some new details that have emerged since the civil lawsuit was filed:
1. According to ESPN’s Jeff Darlington, Brown could have a signed an agreement worth over $2 million as a monetary settlement with his accuser Britney Taylor. Per Darlington, the deadline for Brown’s signature was 10 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 8, the day before his signing with the Patriots became official. Brown elected not to settle, prompting Taylor to file a lawsuit Tuesday.
Darlington also reported settlement discussions began in April and included two mediations, the first of which happened in May.
2. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports the Patriots were not aware of the allegations against Brown prior to acquiring him. According to Rapoport, owner Robert Kraft would not have signed off on the acquisition had he known about the situation.
Brown’s agent Drew Rosenhaus said in a “SportsCenter” interview last week that he and Brown were anticipating the lawsuit, but Rosenhaus would not say whether the matter was discussed with the Patriots. In a press conference Wednesday, coach Bill Belichick also would not say whether the team knew about the allegations.
3. The NFL is expected to meet with Taylor on Monday. The league’s investigation will also include conversations with Brown.
Although he played against the Dolphins, Brown can still be placed on the commissioner’s exempt list, which is effectively a paid leave in which he cannot participate in practice or games.