Friday’s Mashup: Antonio Brown’s second accuser says he sent her ‘intimidating’ texts after SI story

Lucy Burdge
September 19, 2019 - 8:26 pm

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-- Antonio Brown’s second accuser claims the NFL player sent her intimidating text messages on Wednesday night after the Sports Illustrated story about her allegations was published. 

The woman says Brown made an unwanted sexual advance toward her in 2017 and was fired after not reciprocating. 

In the texts, the texter (allegedly Brown) described her as a “super broke girl” and asked someone he refers to as “Eric B” to “look up her background history.” He sent a screenshot of an Instagram photo she had posted showing the faces of her children, adding “those her kids... she’s awful broke clearly.”

Sports Illustrated examined the texts and confirmed they were sent from the same number Brown used to communicate with the artist in 2017. 

Brown's lawyer, Darren Heitner, was included in the group text but did not respond to the messages. Heitner said he had not advised Brown to communicate with the woman. 

The accuser’s lawyer, Lisa J. Banks, sent a letter to the NFL looking into what she termed conduct by Brown that is “intimidating and threatening to our client, in violation of the NFL Personal Conduct Policy.”

“Our client ... is understandably frightened by these text messages, which are clearly intended to threaten and intimidate her,” Banks wrote. “While she certainly qualifies as a ‘starving artist,’ she has never approached Mr. Brown, nor will she, about seeking money to compensate her for his sexual misconduct, contrary to his allegations in the text messages.”

The NFL reportedly responded to the letter by arranging for a phone call between investigators and the attorneys for the artist. 

-- Terry Francona spent eight years as the manager of the Red Sox and it turns out he picked up a lot of tips from Bill Belichick and the Patriots. 

Francona spoke with Peter King recently about his time in Boston and said he admired how the Patriots operated. 

“It’s hard to be in Boston for eight years and not to follow the Patriots, or to admire, or to respect what they did and how they did it,” Francona said. “I was much closer with (former Patriots front office executive) Scott Pioli, who’d come visit me all the time, and Bill would reach out from time to time. You don’t want to bother them when they’re playing, but the way they did things, their dedication to excellence — it’s still there, it hasn’t gone away … I’ve asked Scott a thousand questions about Bill just because that’s my avenue into it, and I can’t get enough of it.”

Francona managed the Red Sox from 2004 to 2011 and won two World Series titles.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It feels like I am back home. It is a home environment. I love these guys. They corralled around me to support me, showed me love and I appreciate that each and every day that I am here. It is easy to come in and do what I have to do.” -- Josh Gordon, on being back with the Patriots