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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

NFL writer apologizes for Antonio Brown rape tweets

An NFL writer for the South Florida’s Sun-Sentinel issued an apology Wednesday over a series of tweets that questioned the motives of the woman accusing Antonio Brown of sexual assault.

Brown’s former trainer, Britney Taylor, accused Brown of sexually assaulting her on three different occasions and filed a federal lawsuit against the wide receiver. In response, Omar Kelly, a beat writer and columnist for the Sun-Sentinel, sent a series of tweets calling Taylor’s allegations a “money grab” and questioning why she did not report the assault immediately after it happened.

Kelly’s tweets were heavily criticized and displayed a lack of understanding of sexual assault survivors and why some choose not to report immediately, if at all. Later Wednesday, he apologized, stating he’d received “plenty of insight” as well as stories from survivors about why they did not go to law enforcement.

Kelly’s original statements followed the same logic that Brown’s attorney did in defending his client. It’s alright if Kelly wants to presume Brown’s innocence until proven guilty, but criticizing the accuser and her motives seriously crossed a line.

For more on the subject:

A summary of the lawsuits filed against Antonio Brown since 2018
Britney Taylor passed lie detector test regarding Antonio Brown allegations
Britney Taylor planning to meet with NFL after her wedding
The text messages Antonio Brown allegedly sent Britney Taylor
Antonio Brown planning to file countersuit against Britney Taylor
Attorney defends Antonio Brown against ‘money grab’ allegations
Patriots react to lawsuit filed against Antonio Brown

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