Antonio Brown has settled a civil dispute with former trainer Britney Taylor, who in a 2019 lawsuit accused the broad recipient of sexually assaulting her.
An agreement has been reached, but no terms can be disclosed under the agreement, a source told ESPN’s Jenna Laine.
“Antonio and Britney have been friends for over a decade. They almost became business partners a few years ago. They recently became involved in aggressive legal battles. After pondering their relationship, they both think it is time to move on.” “Antonio is grateful. You are delighted that Antonio does so well with the Bucs and has a ring. Your dispute is settled and they wish you continued success,” Taylor’s attorney David Haas said in a statement.
Brown is currently a free agent after playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season. General manager Jason Licht said Wednesday the Buccaneers will continue to debate a possible return for Brown.
“We have had discussions throughout the off-season and you can see that we focused on bringing back our players from last year who contributed to our success and it would be no different so we will continue to have talks and.” see where it’s going, “said light.
Licht noted that the Buccaneers signed Brown last year when his argument with Taylor continued, so the resolution “wasn’t necessarily a determining factor in whether or not we will keep talking.”
In her lawsuit, Taylor said that Brown sexually assaulted her three times in 2017 and 2018. Before this lawsuit was filed, Brown and Taylor were in settlement talks. Sources reported ESPN’s Jeff Darlington in 2019 that Brown refused to sign $ 2 million. plus agreement.
Brown countered Taylor in 2019 for defamation and damage to his NFL contracts and endorsements.
Brown and Taylor knew each other in Central Michigan before Brown entered the NFL draft in 2010, and documents state the two had fleeting communication from then on through 2017.
According to Taylor’s lawsuit, she and Brown met in a Bible study group at the school and became friends. Then they fell out of touch for a few years before reconnecting in June 2017. Brown hired Taylor, who was a gymnast in Central Michigan, to help out with his physical training.
The New England Patriots released Brown in 2019 after the lawsuit was filed. Brown had joined New England after its release by the Raiders earlier that year but only played one game for the Patriots.
The NFL investigated the allegations and suspended Brown for the first eight games of the 2020 season for multiple violations of the NFL’s Code of Conduct.
He signed with the Buccaneers last season just before their Week 9 game against the New Orleans Saints. Brown, 32, led the Bucs for the last five weeks of the regular season to hit goals and didn’t see a single drop in 2020. He also received a touchdown pass from Tom Brady in the Buccaneers’ Super Bowl LV win over Kansas City Chiefs.
Brown spent the first nine seasons of his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers and was seven times Pro Bowl selection and four times all-pro of the first team.
ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler contributed to this report.