Oakland Raiders offensive lineman Trent Brown was sued on Monday for alleged domestic violence in California civil court. The report first came from Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio.
The lawsuit was filed by Diorra Marzette-Sanders, who makes several accusations against Brown. Per Florio, the lawsuit includes accusations that Brown “slapped the Plaintiff across the face leaving her mouth bloody and her face bruised,’ that he has ‘bruised, bloodied and battered’ her on multiple occasions, and that he threatened to ‘shoot yo ass in the f–king head’ when she threatened at one point to leave with their son.”
Florio went on to detail the lawsuit further:
The lawsuit alleges that, in March 2019, Brown “grabbed her face and covered her mouth while choking her out until she couldn’t breathe,” leaving “a ring of bruises around her neck.” The lawsuit also alleges that, in April 2019, Brown “grabbed Plaintiff’s arm, took her into a room, locked the door, slapped her across the face and punched her in the ribs” while the couple was vacationing in Hawaii. In June 2019, Brown allegedly slapped Marzette-Sanders in the face, resulting in police being called to the scene and a police report being filed.
As TMZ reported, Marzette-Sanders and Brown have a nine-month-old son. While she’s referred to as Brown’s girlfriend in the story, there’s no confirmation as to when the two were together or how long they dated.
Brown was a seventh-round pick by the San Francisco 49ers back in 2015. He broke out with the New England Patriots last season, which led to the Raiders giving him the largest contract for an offensive lineman in NFL history. The NFL will likely conduct an investigation into the allegations and come to a conclusion of whether or not Brown will receive a punishment.
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Raiders Have ‘Zero Tolerance’ for Domestic Violence
Mark Davis, the Raiders owner, hasn’t held back his thoughts on domestic violence in general previously. He went into detail on his views with Ann Killion of the San Francisco Chronicle back in 2015.
“We have zero tolerance,” Davis said to Killion. “To make it more Raiders-like, let’s say double zero tolerance, like Jim Otto’s number.
“I’ll lead by example,” Davis said. “I’ll continue to speak if someone asks. I think this is a very, very serious situation. But the thing I can deal with is our own organization.”
Davis was clear he doesn’t want domestic violence anywhere near his team.
“It’s just something we can’t tolerate. I don’t know how to fix it in society but I know we can’t have it on our team.”
Raiders Partnered With the Biletnikoff Foundation & Tracey’s Place of Hope in 2015
There are few people around the Raiders organization that are more revered than Fred Biletnikoff. The Hall-of-Fame wide receiver is one of the biggest voices against domestic violence in football. His daughter, Tracey, was found dead in 1999 and it was later found out that it was due to domestic violence. Biletnikoff founded Tracey’s Place of Hope in 2000, which is a place for adolescent girls in crisis with mental health and substance abuse problems.
In 2015, the Raiders partnered with Biletnikoff Foundation and Tracey’s Place of Hope and Davis gave them a $50,000 donation.
“The Raiders are proud of our continuing commitment to raising awareness of this important issue that is close to the heart of the Raider family,” said Davis when he presented them the donation. “We are excited to have the opportunity to work with this tremendous organization and assist them in reaching the ultimate goal, ending domestic violence and sexual assault.”
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