The NFL plans to meet with a woman Monday who says she was raped by New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown.
A person with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed the meeting of the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.
Britney Taylor accused Brown of rape and sexual assault in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday in the southern district of Florida. Brown has denied the allegations of his former coach.
Taylor said on Tuesday that she would work with the NFL and other agencies.
Darren Heitner, a lawyer representing Brown, said Brown and Taylor had "amicable staffing relationships." He told the AP on Tuesday that his client wanted to file a counterclaim.
The Boston Globe reported the meeting for the first time.
Brown caused a sensation on his Patriots debut on Sunday, scoring a 20-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady in a 43-mile win in Miami. He led the team with 56 yards to four receptions, all in the first half.
"Nice to have him out there," said coach Bill Belichick.
New England switched on the fourfold All-Pro receiver after him and was not put on the Commissioner's list of exceptions. No lawsuits have been filed and the NFL has not yet fully launched its investigation. Therefore, Brown could play for the Patriots, who had acquired him after his request and his release from Oakland.
Players on the exception list can & # 39; They are not allowed to play games or practice with a team, but they are paid anyway. A player can always be placed on the exception list.
Teammates praised Brown's debut and said he had quickly started to understand the offense.
"He worked hard all week to learn as much as possible." back, said James White. "It's not easy to go in and learn in three days of training, he started to train and went there and played hard."
With Brown joining Josh Gordon and Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman, the Patriots have one of the league's most talented reception corps.
"I think none of us had any doubts about AB's abilities," Gordon said. "It's good that everyone sees it, it continues to be what we expect, and it's a great, broad receiver and good football player, which is a tremendous asset to us, and greatly offloads the offensive linemen and running backs . There is." By no means can you pinpoint one facet of our wrongdoing to try to turn us off. He is a big help. We are glad to have him. "
Brown caught each round in the first half, Brady threw him four more times in the second half, but each pass was incomplete.
" We're making progress, "Belichick said," we certainly are not there."
Belichick declined to discuss the decision to activate Brown.
The AP does not normally identify individuals who claim to be victims of sexual assault unless they publicly perform. Taylor was identified in the federal lawsuit and quoted in a statement by her lawyer David Haas.
"As an Antonio Brown rape victim, making an opinion was an incredibly difficult decision," said Taylor. "I have found strength in my beliefs, in my family and in the reports of other survivors of sexual assault that eliminates the shame I felt last year and places it on the person responsible for my rape."