As uncertainty surrounding the re-signing of wide receiver Antonio Brown by the Buccaneers is ongoing, so too is the uncertainty surrounding the sexual battery case against him.
On Tuesday, the Tampa Bay Times is reporting that a judge ruled in favor of Brown’s accuser to subpoena the Buccaneers, Patriots, and Raiders to obtain any communication exchanged between the veteran receiver and those organizations.
The ruling comes a month after attorneys representing the woman, Britney Taylor, sought all “correspondence, memoranda, communications, agreements, messages or other written documentation” from the Bucs, Steelers, Patriots and Raiders regarding their professional relationships with Brown. Brown’s attorneys objected.
The judge, Michael Robinson, wrote Friday that Taylor’s legal representation may issue the proposed subpoenas to the Bucs, Patriots and Raiders as well as NFL Properties LLC.
The Times report adds that the Steelers were excluded from the subpoena as the timeframe was not considered relevant tot he case.
Tampa Bay head coach Bruce Arians is on record talking about the legal issues the team was already aware of back when Brown was initially signed, saying they would let it all play itself out in the courts. He added that the veteran receiver would not be playing with the Buccaneers if the allegations turned out to be true.
Brown caught 45 passes for 483 yards and four touchdowns in 2020. He also caught eight passes for 81 yards and two touchdowns in the playoffs — one of those touchdowns coming in Tampa Bay’s Super Bowl LV win over the Kansas City Chiefs.