Antonio Brown controversy threatens to envelop cousin, Ravens rookie WR Marquise Brown

Jonas Shaffer, The Baltimore Sun on

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BALTIMORE -- The growing controversy surrounding NFL star Antonio Brown threatens to envelop his cousin -- Ravens rookie wide receiver Marquise "Hollywood" Brown.

In a lawsuit filed last week against the New England Patriots wide receiver, a former trainer alleged that an unnamed football player was present at Antonio Brown's home last year before she was sexually assaulted.

According to a report Sunday night by's ProFootballTalk, the player was Marquise Brown. In the lawsuit, Antonio Brown's accuser, Britney Taylor, does not accuse the unnamed player of any wrongdoing. The Baltimore Sun has not been able to corroborate whether he is the witness referred to in the suit.

In the suit filed Tuesday in the Southern District of Florida, Taylor, 28, accused Antonio Brown, 31, of rape and sexual assault. Antonio Brown has denied the allegations, and no criminal charges have been filed. A Sports Illustrated story published Monday revealed a new accusation of sexual misconduct against Antonio Brown.

The Sun does not typically identify alleged victims of sexual assault, but Taylor was identified in the federal lawsuit and was quoted in a statement provided by her lawyer, David Haas.

Asked at his weekly Monday news conference about the report, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said it's "not going to be a distraction. ... Believe me, it's the last thing on my mind right now."


Harbaugh, who said he read only the headline of the report, said he didn't know whether the Ravens have asked Brown about his whereabouts on the date of the alleged incident. A source with knowledge of the situation said that if Brown is a witness in the case, the NFL has not told the Ravens, and that the team has no plans for Brown to meet with the NFL.

"If there's something that needs to be done that way, we have people in the building that look at those things," Harbaugh said. "If they do, and I need to be involved in it, I certainly will be. Until it comes to that, it's not an issue. We're not there at this point. If someone comes to me and tells me that we need to be there, then we'll get there."

In her lawsuit, Taylor said that on approximately May 20, 2018, Antonio Brown invited her, a few friends and "another football player who trained with them" to a club while they were in Miami. Antonio Brown, Taylor and the unnamed football player later left the club together, according to the lawsuit, and she drove them back to Antonio Brown's home. The unnamed player is not mentioned again in the lawsuit.

Taylor alleged that as she was leaving Antonio Brown's home to drive back to her hotel room, he grabbed her arm before she reached the front door and pulled her into his bedroom. Antonio Brown proceeded to rape her, the lawsuit alleged.


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