Any defendant who is ever sued must respond urgently to the plaintiff. Most defendants are aware, with the help of prudent and thoughtful advice, that this is not a good idea.
Antonio Brown is not one of the defendants.
Brown accused Britney Taylor of defaming and interfering with his NFL opportunities and recommendations, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com said. In my view, this is a very bad idea on the basis of 18 years of practical law (fortunately excluded from it).
Brown should simply defend the allegations in the main proceedings. Aggressive fighting against someone who does not have the means to replace them with lost NFL opportunities and affirmations will be revenge and miserable. This could make it difficult for the jury to convince him that he hadn't done the things Taylor had accused him.
This is simply a bullying tactic. It forces the applicant to fear an unfavorable judgment and to force her to settle the case of peanuts or leave.
Here's another problem of defamation: Because the damage is determined based on an injury assessment on Brown's previous reputation, everything about his existing reputation becomes a fair game. This gives her a lawyer a license to dive into everything that would justly look like Brown looks bad.
Bottom line, it's a very bad idea. But it's not too late for that. Brown may instruct his lawyers to refrain from court proceedings and focus exclusively on defense against the lawsuit.
It would probably be the smartest thing he did throughout the year. Of course, given the year he had, it's a low lattice.