Antonio Brown Loses Helmet Endorsement Deal Following Sexual Assault Allegations

One day before the lawsuit was filed, Brown signed with the New England Patriots after being released from the Oakland Raiders days earlier following an argument with that team's general manager

New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown lost an endorsement deal with football helmet manufacturer Xenith in the wake of a federal lawsuit accusing him of assaulting and raping his personal trainer, NBC News reports.

In a statement on Friday, Xenith said it decided to "end our relationship with Antonio Brown. We look forward to seeing the Xenith Shadow worn by football athletes at all levels of play this fall."

Brown announced his partnership with Xenith to wear their Shadow helmet on Sept. 4. In an Instagram post, he said it was his "most calculated move by far" as he showed off the headwear.

On Sept. 10, Brown, 31, was accused of sexual assault, including forcible rape, by his former trainer, Britney Taylor, in a lawsuit filed in the Southern District of Florida.

Darren Heitner, an attorney for Brown, said his client "denies each and every allegation in the lawsuit."

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