Marquise Brown has been identified as the unnamed NFL player mentioned in Britney Taylor’s lawsuit against Antonio Brown. Brown, a rookie for the Ravens, is not implicated in any wrongdoing in the lawsuit; rather, he’s named as being present on one of the evenings in which Taylor claims an alleged assault occurred.
Mike Florio of ProFootball Talk of NBC Sports was the first to break the news. Florio added that Marquise “is expected to give information that will support his cousin’s position,” and is expected to speak with the NFL in the coming days.
Antonio has denied all of the claims made against him in the lawsuit. The New England Patriots have said in a statement,
“We are aware of the civil lawsuit that was filed earlier today against Antonio Brown, as well as the response by Antonio’s representatives. We take these allegations very seriously. Under no circumstance does this organization condone sexual violence or assault. The league has informed us they will be investigating. We will have no further comment while that investigation takes place.”
You can read the entire lawsuit here. Here’s what you need to know:
An ‘Unnamed Football Player’ Was With Taylor & Antonio on May 20, 2018 in Miami, According to the Lawsuit
Within Taylor’s lawsuit, the gymnast’s lawyers allege that Marquise, identified only as an “unnamed football player who trained” with Brown and his friends, went out with Antonio and Taylor in Miami.
The lawsuit reads,
Ms. Taylor, Brown, and the other known football player left the club together in Ms. Taylor’s rental car. She drove the two men back to Brown’s home, where they were staying…Ms. Taylor was planning to immediately drive to her hotel room but went into Brown’s home to use the restroom and grab some food from the kitchen. While Ms. Taylor was walking toward the front door, Brown grabbed her arm, told her he wanted to talk to her, and pulled her into his bedroom.
The lawsuit proceeds to describe the alleged rape, in which Taylor recalls Antonio saying, “You know you want this.” The lawsuit does not cite Brown as seeing Taylor after the incident; rather, it says that she left without seeing anyone.
Marquise Brown Is Antonio Brown’s Cousin
Marquise Brown may be listed as a potential witness in Taylor’s lawsuit against Brown, but he’s been connected to Brown for his entire life. The two are cousins, as many publications have noted.
While he was playing for Oklahoma, Marquise shared to a local student newspaper that he and Antonio would speak regularly, with Antonio offering pointers to his younger cousin. Both of the men are wide receivers; Marquise said to OU Daily, “It’s very nice, I learn a lot from him. He just keeps me motivated every time I see him out there on the field.”