Another day, another bridge burned for unemployed recipient Antonio Brown.
Attorney Camille Blanton of Billing, Cochran, Lyles, Mauro & Ramsey filed an application to the Broward County court on February 7 for a lawyer withdrawal for Brown accused of rape and sexual assault by former trainer Britney Taylor.
The reason for the application is unclear.
According to court records, Taylor has appointed David Haas as chief attorney along with Andrew Knopf and Marshelle Brooks. The original civil lawsuit, filed on September 10, claims that Brown sexually assaulted her twice in June 2017 and raped her in May 2018. Brown disputes the claims and states that their actions were consensual.
The NFL investigation is ongoing.
31-year-old Brown has been a free agent since he was released by the Patriots on September 20 after playing a game this season. On November 20, he filed a counterclaim against Taylor.
"Mr. Brown is determined to continue aggressively responding to Taylor's false accusations," Blanton said at the time in an all-caps statement. "Mr. Brown is not only trying to clarify his name, but also wants to make a statement, that there is no open season in which professional athletes can be blackmailed. "
Nike terminated the endorsement contract with Brown in September.
Long-time agent Drew Rosenhaus broke relations with Brown in a letter to the NFL Players Association on January 16. The letter said that Rosenhaus hoped to work with the disturbed recipient in the future, but not until he got help. Darren Heitner, a lawyer in a separate tenant-landlord case at the Miami-Dade District Court, also left the same day as a lawyer.
Brown turned to law enforcement in Florida on January 24 after a warrant for his alleged role in a dispute with a moving truck driver was issued. The police report claims that he and trainer Glenn Holt refused to pay the driver $ 4,000. He was charged with theft of batteries, theft of an unmanned transport, and criminal mischief.
"I was in a bad position," Brown told USA Today Sports on January 28. Unfortunate situation, but we make no excuses and will make the best of it. "
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell hopes that the seven-time pro bowler will get the help he needs.
"We want to help [Brown] Get on the right track and put him in a position where he is in the zone where he believes to be successful in life, ”said Goodell at his annual press conference on January 29th before the Super Bowl 2020 was confident that this could happen. I think the first thing we all come up with is thinking about Antonio's wellbeing. "
Brown is in the middle of an apology tour hoping to one day return to football and be a role model for children.
"I'll make her proud, man," said Brown. "I plan to return to the NFL."