Antonio Brown reportedly declined $2M settlement with Britney Taylor

Antonio Brown, New England Patriots. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Antonio Brown, New England Patriots. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

A new report released Sunday states that New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown rejected a $2 million-plus settlement offer.

New information released Sunday in an ESPN report suggests that New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown had the opportunity to settle with his accuser, ex-trainer Britney Taylor, out of court for about $2 million. Taylor and her legal team gave Brown until last Sunday night to sign the settlement agreement; when he did not, they proceeded with filing a civil suit against him in a South Florida court last Tuesday.

The civil suit alleges that Brown sexually assaulted Taylor on at least three separate occasions between 2017 and 2018. Brown, through his own legal representation and though his agent Drew Rosenhaus, has repeatedly and categorically denied the rape allegations.

The NFL appears set to interview Taylor on Monday as part of the investigation they launched last Wednesday into the matter. It’s unknown when the league plans to interview Brown, though previous reports have suggested that the NFL also plans to meet with him as soon as possible.

Brown could have been placed on the commissioner’s exempt list when news of the allegations first surfaced, which would have prevented him from suiting up for the Patriots on Sunday in their 43-0 win over the Dolphins. The NFL chose not to do so, raising questions over whether or not New England would then decide to play him against Miami.

The Patriots did have Brown travel south with the team and then made him active on Sunday. Though he was on a limited snap count, he made the most of his opportunities with quarterback Tom Brady – the two superstars connected on four of eight targets for 56 yards and a touchdown. Brown finished the day as the Patriots’ leading receiver.

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If he’s allowed to play again in Week 3, he figures to operate as an even greater part of the offense, since he’ll have a full two weeks’ worth of practicing and learning the New England playbook under his belt at that point.

The Patriots host the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium next Sunday.