Patriots issue statement on Antonio Brown, say NFL is investigating

A New England Patriots helmet during the first half of the game between the New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium on December 24, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
A New England Patriots helmet during the first half of the game between the New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium on December 24, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com

Hours after the report of a rape allegation and civil lawsuit against Antonio Brown reportedly surprised them, the New England Patriots have issued a formal statement on the case against newly-signed wide receiver Antonio Brown.

“We are aware of the civil lawsuit that was filed earlier today against Antonio Brown, as well as the response by Antonio’s representatives," the statement read. "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.”

The 31-year-old Brown, who was officially signed by the Patriots on Monday following his release from the Raiders last Saturday, has vehemently denied the allegations via his representation.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick is scheduled to speak with reporters at 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday, while the media portion of Wednesday's practice is scheduled to begin at 12:40 p.m.

Brown, in town since Sunday, was scheduled to join the Patriots for practice, though it's unclear if that plan has since changed with the NFL officially investigating the incident.

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