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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/10/sports/football/antonio-brown-sexual-asssault-patriots.html

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New England Patriots receiver Antonio Brown has been accused of raping his former trainer, according to a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday in the Southern District of Florida.

 

The lawsuit says that Brown — in three separate incidents, two in June 2017 and another in May 2018 — sexually assaulted a woman named Britney Taylor, a gymnast whom he met while they were attending Central Michigan together and whom he later hired as a trainer.

 

“Mr. Brown denies each and every allegation in the lawsuit,” said a statement from Darren Heitner, a lawyer representing Brown.

 

According to the lawsuit, Brown sexually assaulted Taylor twice during training sessions in June 2017. First, he exposed himself and kissed her without her permission, the lawsuit says. Later that month, the lawsuit says, while she was watching a television program at his home, Brown started masturbating behind her and ejaculated on her back. Brown bragged about the incident in profane text messages that are copied in the lawsuit.

 

Taylor ended her working relationship with Brown, the lawsuit says, but several months later, when he contacted her to apologize, she relented. She was, according to the lawsuit, “swayed by his assurance that he would cease any sexual advances.”

 

Then, the lawsuit says, on May 20, 2018, Brown forced her onto a bed, pushed her face into the mattress and “forcibly” raped her. She tried to resist him, screaming and repeatedly shouting “no” and “stop,” the lawsuit says, but Brown refused and penetrated her.

 

“As a rape victim of Antonio Brown, deciding to speak out has been an incredibly difficult decision,” Taylor said in a statement released by her lawyer. “I have found strength in my faith, my family, and from the accounts of other survivors of sexual assault.”

 

In the statement, Taylor said she would cooperate with the N.F.L. in an investigation.

 

It was not clear whether Taylor reported her accusations to the police.

 

Brown, 31, one of the most productive wide receivers in the N.F.L., became a Patriot on Monday after a series of conflicts prompted the Oakland Raiders to release him last week. The teams could not immediately be reached for comment.

 

Edited by SBlueman

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I'd reserve my judgment.  Yes, Antonio is a shithead, but considering how rape accusations are so bloody commonplace, to the point that the false accusations tend to drown out the real accusations, one shouldn't be in any rush to call a man the devil.

 

Though to her credit, at least she only waited about a year or two before accusing him.  And if the evidence proves damning--and I don't mean heresy and conjecture on written statements, but actual visual proof--and speaks for itself...I can't think of a way to finish that sentence.

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6 hours ago, Mike Gordan said:

but considering how rape accusations are so bloody commonplace, to the point that the false accusations tend to drown out the real accusations

 

This is ridiculously inaccurate

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19 points? Ooofa. Just a note to consider.....Brady is 1-5 at Miami since 2013. The real question is how bad is this Dolphins team? I think he gets to 2-5 and cleans up against a team that seems to have already quit on their new coach.

 

https://www.boston.com/sports/nfl/2019/09/09/miami-dolphins-mutiny

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On 9/8/2019 at 12:32 PM, Bolt said:

CAR>lar, TEN>cle, JAX>k.c, MIA>bal, ATL>min, NYJ>buf, PHI>wak, LAC>ind, SEA>cin, ARZ>det, GIA>cow, SF>tb, PIT>ne, NO>hou, DEN>oak

 

I know it's late (13:32ET, and games start @ 13:00ET) - and I already got the GB/chi game wrong (because I didn't pick it) - but I'm just going to pick the teams that I WANT to Win, and see if I do any better than my average average season %:

Nope - worse .

[6.5-9.5]

 

Week 2, let freedom rang :

 

CAR>t.b, ARZ>bal, CIN>s.f, DET>lac, G.B>min, JAX>hou, MIA>n.e, GIA>buf, SEA>pit, TEN>ind, COW>wak, K.C>oak, DEN>chi, N.O>lar, ATL>phi, NYnJas>cle

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Gentlemen, the 122 modern era nominees for the 2020 class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame:

 

Quarterbacks
(7) – Randall Cunningham, Jake Delhomme, Boomer Esiason, Jeff Garcia, Jeff Hostetler, Dave Krieg, Donovan McNabb

Running Backs
(19) – Shaun Alexander, Mike Alstott (FB), Tiki Barber, Earnest Byner, Larry Centers, Corey Dillon, Eddie George, Priest Holmes, *Edgerrin James, Daryl Johnston (FB), Thomas Jones, Maurice Jones-Drew, Eric Metcalf (also WR/KR/PR), Lorenzo Neal (FB), Clinton Portis, Fred Taylor, Herschel Walker (also KR), Chris Warren, Ricky Watters

Wide Receivers
(12) – *Isaac Bruce, Gary Clark, Donald Driver, Henry Ellard (also PR), Torry Holt, Chad Johnson, Derrick Mason, Muhsin Muhammad, Jimmy Smith, Rod Smith, Hines Ward, Reggie Wayne

Tight Ends
(6) – Dallas Clark, Ben Coates, Keith Jackson, Brent Jones, Jeremy Shockey, Wesley Walls

Offensive Linemen
(19) – Willie Anderson (T), Matt Birk (C), *Tony Boselli (T), Lomas Brown (T), Ray Donaldson (C), *Alan Faneca (G), Kevin Gogan (G/T), Jordan Gross (T), Chris Hinton (G/T), Kent Hull (C), *Steve Hutchinson (G), Lincoln Kennedy (T/G), Olin Kreutz (C), Chris Samuels (T), Jeff Saturday (C), Brian Waters (G), Richmond Webb (T), Erik Williams (T), Steve Wisniewski (G) 

Defensive Linemen
(11) – John Abraham (DE also LB), La’Roi Glover (DT/NT), Casey Hampton (DT/NT), Chester McGlockton (DT), Leslie O’Neal (DE), Simeon Rice (DE), *Richard Seymour (DT), 
Justin Smith (DE), Neil Smith (DE), Greg Townsend (DT/NT), Bryant Young (DT)

Linebackers 
(17) – Carl Banks, Cornelius Bennett, Lance Briggs, Tedy Bruschi, James Farrior, London Fletcher, Seth Joyner, Wilber Marshall, Clay Matthews, Willie McGinest (also DE), Sam Mills, Chris Spielman, Takeo Spikes, Darryl Talley, Zach Thomas, Jessie Tuggle, Patrick Willis

Defensive Backs
(15) – Eric Allen (CB), *Steve Atwater (S), Ronde Barber (CB/S), LeRoy Butler (S), 
Nick Collins (S), Merton Hanks (S), Rodney Harrison (S), Albert Lewis (CB), *John Lynch (S), Terry McDaniel (CB), Tim McDonald (S), Troy Polamalu (SS), Bob Sanders (S), 
Troy Vincent (CB), Darren Woodson (S) 

Punters/Kickers
(11) – David Akers (K), Gary Anderson (K), Jason Elam (K), Jeff Feagles (P), 
Jason Hanson (K), Sean Landeta (P), Ryan Longwell (K), Nick Lowery (K), Reggie Roby (P), Rohn Stark (P), Matt Turk (P)

Special Teams
(5) – Johnny Bailey (PR/KR also RB), Josh Cribbs (KR/PR also WR), Mel Gray (PR/KR also WR), Brian Mitchell (KR/PR also RB), Steve Tasker (ST also WR)

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1 hour ago, TecmoSuperFan said:

(T), Lomas Brown

 

 

I don't think a player who admittedly blew a block with the intent of getting his own quarterback injured, should belong in the Hall of Fame. Even if it was Scott Mitchell.

 

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000117470/article/scott-mitchell-slams-lomas-brown-for-missed-block-claim

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Exciting.

 

 

Sorry to dash Eli's and glorified-Matt Cassel's (Daniel Jones) dreams, but somebody already sat on them, this season.

0c019c13-bed8-41e4-a046-0b132f086832_8a7

 

Lizzo - is that you?  I thought you were a Vikings fan?...

 

 

Meh - Viqueens, Cowgirls - they're all the same... G-yna men.

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Week 2 picks:

 

I forgot about the Thur game, but I will admit I would have picked CAR over TB. For the rest, first team is my pick to win:

 

BAL-ARI

SF-CIN

LAC-DET

MIN-GB

HOU-JAX

NE-MIA

NYG-BUF

SEA-PIT

TEN-IND

DAL-WAS

KC-OAK

DEN-CHI

NO-LAR

PHI-ATL

CLE-NYJ

 

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Oh boy....Steeler fans might as well pack it in for the year. Big Ben's done for the year:

 

https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/27630164/big-ben-season-ending-elbow-surgery

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Big Ben to have season-ending elbow surgery
 

Pittsburgh Steelers star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will have surgery on his right elbow and miss the remainder of the season, coach Mike Tomlin announced Monday.

 

In a statement released by the team, Tomlin said that Roethlisberger will undergo the surgery at some point this week after having an MRI on Sunday night.

 

The Steelers, who will place Roethlisberger on injured reserve, have not yet provided details about the injury, and there is no timetable for when the six-time Pro Bowler will be able to play again.

 

Roethlisberger was hurt late in the second quarter of Sunday's 28-26 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, grabbing his elbow after attempting a pass on the team's final drive of the half.

 

In Roethlisberger's absence, second-year quarterback Mason Rudolph nearly led the Steelers to a fourth-quarter comeback in his first career appearance, completing 12 of 19 attempts for 112 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

 

Now the Steelers will have to rely on Rudolph, a third-round draft pick in 2018, to help them overcome an 0-2 start.

 

Roethlisberger, 37, is the Steelers' franchise leader in passing yards and touchdowns and has led Pittsburgh to two Super Bowl titles. He led the NFL with 5,129 passing yards last season, his 15th with the Steelers, and signed a contract extension this past March that runs through the 2021 season.

 

Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster tweeted Monday that he was "sad to hear the news" of Roethlisberger's injury.

 

The news had an immediate impact on the Steelers' odds at Caesars Sportsbook, where they went from 40-1 to 100-1 to win the Super Bowl and 18-1 to 40-1 to win the AFC.

 

The Roethlisberger injury also affected the odds to win the AFC North at Caesars, which dropped Pittsburgh to +1600 for the division title -- well behind the Baltimore Ravens (-200) and the Cleveland Browns (+170).

 

 

And Drew Brees is out maybe 6 weeks after tearing a ligament in his right thumb. No bueno:

 

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000001055668/article/drew-brees-to-have-surgery-on-torn-right-thumb

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Drew Brees to have surgery on torn right thumb

 

The New Orleans Saints will be without future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees for an extended period.

 

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Brees will undergo surgery to repair a torn ligament on his throwing thumb, per sources informed of the situation.

 

The initial timeframe for recovery is approximately six weeks, per Rapoport.

 

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported 6-8 weeks is the minimum because of the ligament damage in Brees' thumb, depending on the type of surgery he ends up having. It raises the possibility of placing him on injured reserve, which would sideline him at least eight weeks, per Pelissero.

 

The news is a massive blow for the Saints, whose offense revolves around the star quarterback.

 

The 40-year-old signal-caller suffered the injury on the Saints' second drive Sunday. As he released a pass to tight end Jared Cook, Brees hit the hand of Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald and then had his digits pressed against his own helmet. Brees would exit the game and was seen on the sideline unable to grip a ball. He did not return and will now be out at least a month and a half.

 

Sitting tied atop the NFC South at 1-1, the Saints' next six games are at the Seattle Seahawks, home versus the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football, versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, at the Jacksonville Jaguars, at the Chicago Bears and home versus the Arizona Cardinals before a Week 9 bye.

 

The NFL's all-time leading passer has been extremely durable during his 14 years with the Saints, missing just one game due to injury in that span, back in 2015 with a rotator cuff strain. With one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history on the shelf, Sean Payton is expected to roll with Teddy Bridgewater as the starter. In his first meaningful action with the Saints, Bridgewater completed 17 of 30 passes for 165 yards and was sacked twice while relieving Brees on Sunday. He led just three field-goal drives in the 27-9 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

 

The entire Saints offense looked off-kilter following Brees' exit as the Rams defense dominated the line of scrimmage. For much of the contest, Bridgewater seemed hesitant to pull the trigger, holding the ball far too long, and often needing to see the opening before throwing instead of playing with anticipation. Perhaps getting regular practice reps will allow the 26-year-old quarterback to perform more relaxed moving forward. The Saints need better play from the QB if they are to remain in the hunt while Brees is out.

 

Payton could also opt to give Taysom Hill -- whom the coach has compared to Steve Young -- a bigger workload or perhaps take over if Bridgewater struggles.

 

With Brees out for a significant stretch, the balance of power in the NFC South is now up for grabs.

 

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