Antonio Brown accused of sexual misconduct for second time

Robert Petrie, Reporter

During October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the most recent allegations of sexual assault and rape against wide receiver Antonio Brown seem all the more relevant.

Brown had just been newly acquired by the New England Patriots after leaving the Raiders, signing a contract worth $15 million.

But after the latest allegations—a second instance of alleged sexual misconduct—the Patriots released him though will probably still have to pay him his nine million signing bonus.

In the most recent allegation, Brown is accused of sexual misconduct dating back to 2017 when Brown was a part of the Pittsburg Steelers’ organization. Brown agreed to buy a portrait of himself at a charity softball event he was hosting. Brown liked the portrait so much that he invited the artist to come back to his house and do a painting of just him.

The artist later said that Brown regularly flirted with her and that on one of the days, Brown was standing behind her completely naked and perceived this as a sexual advance. Brown’s attorney later released a statement saying that his client “denies that he ever engaged in such activities” and added no further comment.

According to Sports Illustrated journalist Robert Klemko in his latest article on Brown, he reports that the troubled wide receiver also sought to get out of paying people for their services and now is facing several lawsuits. One of the lawsuits includes a chef that he never paid for cooking at a big party and was owed about $38,000.

Still, the most troubling are the interactions that Brown has had with police over the past four years, including at least three domestic disputes. And he is not the only NFL player accused of heinous acts against women though the League is trying to do better.

The Ray Rice incident where the former running back knocked his then girlfriend out in an elevator “motivated the league [NFL] to institute new discipline policies and implement initiatives to aid victims, educate players and raise awareness,” according to Rob Maaddi in an article published this month on the Associated Press website.