The growing controversy surrounding NFL star Antonio Brown threatens to envelop his cousin — Ravens rookie wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown.

In a lawsuit filed last week against the New England Patriots wide receiver, a former trainer alleged that an unnamed football player was present at Antonio Brown’s home last year before she was sexually assaulted.

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According to a report Sunday night by NBCSports.com’s ProFootballTalk, the player was Marquise Brown. In the lawsuit, Antonio Brown’s accuser, Britney Taylor, does not accuse the unnamed player of any wrongdoing. The Baltimore Sun has not been able to corroborate whether he is the witness referred to in the suit.

In the suit filed Tuesday in the Southern District of Florida, Taylor, 28, accused Antonio Brown, 31, of rape and sexual assault. Antonio Brown has denied the allegations, and no criminal charges have been filed. A Sports Illustrated story published Monday revealed a new accusation of sexual misconduct against Antonio Brown.

The Sun does not typically identify alleged victims of sexual assault, but Taylor was identified in the federal lawsuit and was quoted in a statement provided by her lawyer, David Haas.

Asked at his weekly Monday news conference about the report, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said it’s “not going to be a distraction. ... Believe me, it’s the last thing on my mind right now.”

Harbaugh, who said he read only the headline of the report, said he didn’t know whether the Ravens have asked Brown about his whereabouts on the date of the alleged incident. A source with knowledge of the situation said that if Brown is a witness in the case, the NFL has not told the Ravens, and that the team has no plans for Brown to meet with the NFL.

“If there’s something that needs to be done that way, we have people in the building that look at those things," Harbaugh said. "If they do, and I need to be involved in it, I certainly will be. Until it comes to that, it’s not an issue. We’re not there at this point. If someone comes to me and tells me that we need to be there, then we’ll get there.”

In her lawsuit, Taylor said that on approximately May 20, 2018, Antonio Brown invited her, a few friends and “another football player who trained with them” to a club while they were in Miami. Antonio Brown, Taylor and the unnamed football player later left the club together, according to the lawsuit, and she drove them back to Antonio Brown’s home. The unnamed player is not mentioned again in the lawsuit.

Taylor alleged that as she was leaving Antonio Brown’s home to drive back to her hotel room, he grabbed her arm before she reached the front door and pulled her into his bedroom. Antonio Brown proceeded to rape her, the lawsuit alleged.

It was Taylor’s third and most serious incident involving Antonio Brown, according to the lawsuit. Taylor also said that Antonio Brown sexually assaulted her twice in June 2017.

Darren Heitner, Brown’s attorney, said Antonio Brown and Taylor had “a consensual personal relationship." The NFL reportedly planned to meet Monday with Taylor, who said in a statement last week that she would cooperate with the league and any other agencies.

Neither Haas nor Heitner could be reached for comment.

Since his rise to stardom at Oklahoma, Marquise Brown has characterized his cousin’s role in his life as that of a mentor.

He told The Oklahoma Daily in October that he spoke with Antonio every day and that they’ve worked out together since Marquise’s high school days in the Miami area, where both grew up. Before last season, the cousins trained with then-Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray, the eventual No. 1 pick in the NFL draft.

“He doesn’t have anything not figured out, and that’s why he’s the best in the game, in my opinion,” Marquise told the student newspaper. “He has an attitude that makes him great.”

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When Oklahoma played at West Virginia in late November, Antonio made the 75-plus-mile trip from Pittsburgh to watch Marquise play. There wasn’t a better game to watch from the sideline: Marquise finished with a career-high 11 catches for 243 yards and two touchdowns in the Sooners’ high-octane 59-56 win.

Weeks before Marquise traveled to Indianapolis for the NFL scouting combine, as reports about his cousin’s dissatisfaction with his role in Pittsburgh spread, Antonio requested a trade from the Steelers. In late February, when reporters asked Marquise at the combine about Antonio’s protracted standoff, Marquise asked, “What’s going on?”

Brown said in Indianapolis that he’d last talked to his cousin two weeks earlier, when Antonio visited him in Florida. He said he wished Antonio “the best and nothing but success” with “whatever he likes to do.” (On March 9, the Steelers agreed to trade Antonio to the Oakland Raiders for third- and fifth-round picks in the NFL draft. On Sept. 7, three days after reportedly getting into a verbal altercation with Raiders general manager Mike Mayock at practice, Oakland released Antonio, and he signed a reported one-year, $15 million deal with the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots.)

“Mostly when we talk, he motivates me, helping me deal with what I’m going through,” Marquise said. “It’s mostly talk about me.”

Marquise said at the combine that Antonio “leads by example” in how he studies game film and treats his body. He also said they have similarly aggressive playing styles.

“Anytime he gets the ball, he wants to score as well,” Marquise said. “In that sense, we have the same mentality — get the ball and score.”

After the Ravens took Marquise with the No. 25 overall pick in April’s draft, a reporter asked how close he was with his superstar cousin.

“We’re pretty close,” he said. “He just congratulated me. He said this is a great place to be, that I’ll love it, and just enjoy the moment and get to work. It’s time to become a pro.”

In two Ravens wins this season, Brown leads the team with 233 receiving yards and two touchdowns on 12 catches.

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Baltimore Sun reporters Mike Preston and Daniel Oyefusi contributed to this article.

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