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Former NFL Star Antonio Brown Wanted For Domestic Violence Battery Charge

By Holly Matkin and Sandy Malone

Tampa, FL – A warrant has been issued for former National Football League (NFL) wide receiver Antonio Brown in connection with an alleged domestic violence incident that took place between him and the mother of four of his children on Monday.

The warrant, which was issued on Thursday, orders that Brown be arrested on a battery charge, ESPN reported.

Sources said Tampa police responded a local residence on Nov. 28 for a report of a domestic dispute, WTVT reported.

According to the police report, Brown allegedly went outside and threw a shoe at his ex-fiancé prior to officers’ arrival.

The victim told police the shoe hit her ponytail and that she was uninjured, but that she “believed the shoe was meant for her head,” WTVT reported.

She said Brown also threw her belongings out into the street during the incident, but that she had gathered them up and placed them in the driveway before police arrived.

Police tried to speak with Brown, but he refused to open the door, WTVT reported.

He also allegedly threatened to shoot his ex-fiancé if she entered the house, according to police.

The woman told police Brown had two guns inside the home, WTVT reported.

The victim, who is also the mother of four of Brown’s children, has resided at the house since Oct. 18, according to police.

“The suspect placed an informal eviction notice on the door … with 11/28/2022 at the date showing the victim has 7 days to gather her belongings and leave,” the police report read, according to WTVT. “The suspect continued throughout the incident to state that the victim had no right to be at that residence or to even gain entry to it because she did not live there.”

Officers said they repeatedly tried to get Brown to allow the woman to gather her belongings, but he refused.

They ultimately told the woman that she should go elsewhere for the night, WTVT reported.

The officers told the children that they could go back into the home, but the kids said they didn’t want to because they were afraid, according to the police report.

Details regarding where the children ultimately went were not released.

The Tampa Police Department (TPD) filed a risk protection order against Brown the following day out of concern that he had access to a firearm and possibly posed a significant risk to himself or others, but the judge denied the request, WTVT reported.

The reason for the denial is unclear.

Brown, who is now a free agent, was booted from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in early January after he threw a temper tantrum and stormed off the field during a game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium.

Buccaneers Coach Bruce Arians told FOX NFL that the disagreement began when he was trying to get Brown to go into the game to play.

Arians said Brown refused.

So, the coach said he tried again to get Brown into the game and the wide receiver refused for a second time, FOX NFL reported.

That’s when Arians told Brown to get out.

Footage of the sidelines showed that a couple of Brown’s fellow players appeared to try and talk him down before their now-former teammate bent over and began pulling his jersey over his head.

Brown worked his way down the sideline, tearing off his gear and throwing some of the pieces up to fans in stands, videos showed.

Once he was shirtless, he started jumping up and down in the end zone waving for fans to make some noise.

As Brown walked off the field and through the tunnel, he stopped to ask New Jersey state troopers for ride to the airport, ESPN reported.

The troopers reportedly told Brown “No,” and then he went and changed in the locker room and made his own arrangements.

The Buccaneers beat the Jets 28-24.

Brown has not played for the NFL in nearly a year and has instead been focusing on a music career, according to ESPN.

He previously played for the New England Patriots, the Oakland Raiders, and the Pittsburgh Steelers, WTVT reported.

Brown has been in trouble over and over throughout his professional football career.

In February of last year, he was ordered to pay $100,000 to a woman who accused him of rape after he violated a confidentiality agreement.

Brown was arrested in January of 2020 after a physical altercation with moving men in front of his house after he refused to pay his $4,000 bill.

He pleaded no contest to the charge and was sentenced to two years of probation, but got off of probation one year early due to good behavior, ESPN reported.

A judge recently ordered Brown to pay $1.2 million to the moving truck driver he assaulted during that incident.

In October of 2020, Brown was accused of having destroyed a surveillance camera and thrown his bicycle at a security-guard shack in a gated Hollywood, Florida community where he lives.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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