OJ Simpson weighed in to defend Antonio Brown after the New England Patriots star was accused of rape by his former fitness instructor.
Simpson, whose own record is even more infamous than the controversy that sprang around Brown in recent days, posted a Twitter video about fantasy football, but left with a tangent to say he hoped & # 39; that the claims were not true.
& # 39; Nothing I know about Antonio would make me think he would do something like that, & # 39; said Simpson.
Brown, who signed for the Patriots on Saturday, was accused of sexually assaulting Britney Taylor in three separate incidents in 2017 and 2018. He denies the claims.
He was already in the middle of a storm after the Oakland Raiders had released him without ever playing a game, after being fined for an eruption by CEO Mike Mayock after a row over his helmet.
NFL star Antonio Brown is being sued by a woman who claims to have attacked her three times on three different occasions, a court case confirms Tuesday
& # 39; Let's make one thing clear, he was accused, not accused, but I don't know how that will affect him, & # 39; said Simpson.
& # 39; I hope it's not true, nothing I know about Antonio would make me think he would do something like that. I hope it's not true. & # 39;
Simpson itself was at the center of the & # 39; Trial of the Century & # 39; when he was accused of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her boyfriend Ron Goldman.
Represented by a legal & # 39; Dream Team & # 39 ;, he was acquitted by a jury in 1995 in a judgment that divided the country along racial lines.
He continued to declare his innocence and the murder case is officially listed as unsolved.
Later, however, he served nine years in prison for theft and kidnapping for attempting to steal some of his sports memorabilia from a hotel room in Las Vegas. It was released in 2017.
Brown's prosecutor, Taylor, who chose to be identified, claims that Brown sexually abused her twice during training sessions in June 2017.
He later bragged about one of the incidents in profane reports in the trial, it is claimed.
OJ Simpson posted the Twitter video in which he came in defense of Antonio Brown
Taylor, a gymnast who first met Brown (pictured with Tom Brady in 2016) while studying together at Central Michigan University, has accused him of raping her in 2018
Taylor ended her professional relationship after the alleged incidents, but a few months later he agreed to work with him again after apologizing.
& # 39; Brown extended his hand to Mrs. Taylor, spent remorse, begging for forgiveness and begging her to train again, & # 39; is the process.
& # 39; Madam. Taylor hesitated but finally agreed, swollen by his assurance that he would stop all sexual advances. & # 39;
But the insurance turned out to be untrue, Taylor claims, claiming that Brown forced her onto a bed and raped her on May 20, 2018.
Taylor has filed a civil lawsuit and it is unclear whether she has brought her allegations to law enforcement.
& # 39; As a victim of Antonio Brown's rape, the decision to speak out has been an incredibly difficult decision, & # 39; Taylor said in a statement from her lawyer.
& # 39; I have found strength in my faith, my family, and from the reports of other survivors of sexual violence. & # 39;
Taylor is a former gymnast who participated in Central Michigan University, where Brown played college football, as well as in the state of Louisiana.
The news of the trial came just two days after Brown signed a contract with the New England Patriots, possibly worth $ 24 million
Taylor describes himself as a world-class & # 39; gymnast & # 39; in her suit and now has her own gym in Tennessee where she trains young gymnasts.
She seeks compensation for & # 39; physical injury, pain and suffering, humiliation, stress, anxiety, loss of self-esteem and self-confidence, and emotional pain and suffering & # 39 ;.
She is also looking for punitive compensation, although a specific amount has not been indicated.
Taylor says she has been left so traumatized as a result of the three alleged attacks she has undergone & almost daily panic attacks, frequent suicidal ideas and insomnia. She has also lost a remarkable amount of weight – 30 pounds in a month – due to stress. & # 39;
Brown later denied misconduct in a letter issued by his lawyer and claimed that sexual relations between the two had been consensual.
& # 39; Brown denies all accusations, & # 39; said the statement. & # 39; Any sexual interaction with Mr. Brown was completely consensual. & # 39;
The Patriots issued a statement on Tuesday evening that they had already been contacted by the competition.
The trial, filed with the federal court in Florida, claims that Brown bragged to Taylor about carrying out the alleged attack in & # 39; profane and angry texting & # 39; jes & # 39;
& # 39; We are aware of the civil lawsuit filed against Antonio Brown earlier today, as well as the response of Antonio's representatives.
& # 39; We take these allegations very seriously. Under no circumstances does this organization approve of sexual violence or abuse.
& # 39; The competition has informed us that they are going to investigate. We will not comment further as long as that investigation takes place. & # 39;
The news of the lawsuit came just two days after Brown signed a contract with the New England Patriots that might have been worth $ 24 million after his harsh exit from the Raiders.
Brown's move on Saturday followed a week in which he published a letter on social media with a fine of $ 54,000 for missing team activities.
He argued with CEO Mike Mayock about the fines and also recorded a heated telephone conversation with head coach Jon Gruden – who did not know he was being recorded – and posted it on social media.
Gruden said the plan was for Brown to play Denver in the opener on Monday-evening, but that changed after Brown requested and got his release.
Brown was previously embroiled in a row over a helmet that did not pass an NFL safety test, but which he still wanted to wear. He was traded in March from Pittsburgh Steelers to Oakland.
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