by Mike Maher | Fri, Sep 20th 6:44am EDT
Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown has been sending harassing text messages to the unnamed source of a recent Sports Illustrated article that detailed his past unwanted sexual advances and nonpayment of services, according to a detailed report from Robert Klemko of SI.com. In the report, Klemko adds that "On Thursday evening, Lisa J. Banks, a lawyer for the artist, sent a letter to the NFL seeking an end to what she termed conduct by Brown that is 'intimidating and threatening to our client, in violation of the NFL Personal Conduct Policy.'" The NFL responded to the letter within the hour, arranging for a phone call between investigators and the attorneys for the woman, who is reportedly not seeking any financial compensation. Brown's attorney, Darren Heitner, was included in the group text but tells Klemko that he did not advise Brown to communicate with the woman. In the texts, Brown not only accuses the woman of making up her story to Sports Illustrated but posts pictures of her k (Robert Klemko on Twitter)
Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk speculates that this could be the final straw that gets Brown suspended by either the Patriots or the NFL. The woman's attorney sees this is a clear violation of the NFL's Personal Conduct Policy that prohibits "stalking, harassment, or similar forms of intimidation." While Brown is already in hot water due to past allegations of sexual assault, those allegations are in the form of a civil lawsuit without much concrete evidence. This recent incident, while less damning that sexual assault allegations, comes with clear proof that it was Brown who sent the intimidating text messages. More information will undoubtedly become available on Friday, but it is entirely possible that Brown ends up with being placed on the Commissioner's Exempt List, suspended, or even released by the Patriots.