Legal analyst weighs in on Antonio Brown civil rape case
It was business as usual for Antonio Brown and the New England Patriots on Thursday, as the star receiver hit the practice field for the second day in a row, despite rape allegations against him from a former trainer.
Despite not facing any criminal charges in the matter, Brown still has a potentially lengthy legal battle ahead of him.
In the civil lawsuit filed in federal court Monday, Brown is being accused of sexually assaulting his former trainer Britney Taylor on three separate occasions between 2017 and 2018.
Brown, his legal team, and his agent have denied all the allegations, adding that any relationship that may have occurred was completely consensual.
This civil suit could hold Brown responsible for the sexual assaults, but according to ABC 6 Legal Analyst Kenneth Schreiber, it does not mean that a criminal conviction is in Brown's future whatsoever.
"I do find the Patriots are hypocritical here I think he should just be inactive until this is resolved," Schreiber said. "The only way they can resolve it is through compensation."
Schreiber said the case can hold Brown liable, even though there are no criminal charges against him. Schreiber said rape cases in criminal court can be tricky for prosecutors.
It all comes down to the burden of proof, which is significantly less in civil cases.
"Burden of proof in [criminal cases] throughout the country is beyond a reasonable doubt," Schreiber said. "The burden of proof in a civil case is a preponderance of evidence, or more than 50 percent."
In other words, Schreiber said civil cases need to show that the allegations happened "more likely than not."
If the wide receiver ends up fighting the case, and if it potentially goes to trial, Schreiber said that Brown would have to give a deposition under oath, and would likely be called to the stand in a federal courthouse.
Schreiber believes it's best for Brown to button this up and just move on, even if that means settling out of court.
If Brown decides to settle out of court, Schreiber said in no way does that mean he did anything wrong, as he would not be found liable.
"I guarantee you one thing. If he settles out of court there's going to be a provision within that document that says he makes no admission that he did any of those things," he said. "It is in the best interest of Mr. Brown to have this case resolved as expeditiously and quickly as possible."
The NFL is reportedly exploring the option of placing Brown on the Commissioner's Exempt List in the wake of the allegations.