Tampa, FL – The National Football League (NFL) has opened an investigation into the latest violent incident involving Tampa Bay Buccaneer Antonio Brown.
Brown is accused of having destroyed a surveillance camera and thrown his bicycle at a security-guard shack in a gated Hollywood community where he lives on Oct. 15, the Miami Herald reported.
The incident occurred about two weeks before Brown was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Oct. 27 but league officials have said that the wide receiver failed to disclose the latest incident to the NFL like he was supposed to do.
The police report said that the 32-year-old professional football player got upset after the gate guard refused to let his guests into his neighborhood without Brown coming down to the gate himself, the Daily Mail reported.
Those gate restrictions were in place because Brown had broken some other Home Owners Association (HOA) guidelines and was being penalized, according to the police report.
The report said Brown raced down to the gate on a bike but his guests had already left prompting him “to express his anger with [the security guard] for denying his guest access,” the Daily Mail reported.
“Why are you wasting my f–king time, you need to let my guest through the f–king gate,” Brown told the guard, according to the police report.
The he attacked the guard shack and began hitting one of the security cameras until it broke, the Daily Mail reported.
The police report didn’t say what Brown used to hit the camera.
His guests returned a few moments later but the wide receiver had already left, so the gate guard once again denied them access, the Daily Mail reported.
Brown returned to the gate and went off on the security guard again.
Then he picked up his bicycle and threw it at the security gate, smashing it and causing the arm to stay locked in an open position, the Daily Mail reported.
The police were called and responded to the property manager’s office.
While officers were there talking to HOA President Sylvia Berman, the police report said Brown stormed into the office and began cursing at the woman, calling her a “racist b—h,” the Daily Mail reported.
Police said he also tore a bunch of fliers off the wall and threw them on the floor.
Berman told police that Brown was already upset because the HOA had fined him for some rules violations and penalized him by requiring him to go to the gate to admit guests, the Daily Mail reported.
The Hollywood Police Department said there was probable cause to charge Brown for a misdemeanor criminal mischief but the HOA didn’t want to file charges because Berman feared that Brown would retaliate against her employees, according to the Miami Herald.
Berman later downplayed the incident and called Brown a “hero” after he led the Tampa Bay Bucks to victory with a seven-catch, 69-yard performance over Carolina on Nov. 15.
“It’s not that we’re afraid of him,” Berman told the Miami Herald on Monday.
She claimed that the board had determined that the incident was too minor to proceed with charges.
Berman said Brown paid for the damage to the gate, the Miami Herald reported.
A spokeswoman for Brown said the NFL player has been trying to resolve an issue with the HOA that had been going on for several months, the Miami Herald reported.
“One of the issues involved difficulties that visiting friends and family experienced while attempting to access a visitor gate. That and all other issues have been fully and amicably resolved, and everyone is getting along just fine,” spokeswoman Alana Burstyn said. “I am not sure who is trying to promote this narrative.”
“Antonio regrets that he lost his cool that day and he has made amends with the HOA,” Burstyn added. “However, he is rightly concerned that he is routinely targeted by some people for mistreatment and undue scrutiny because he is Antonio Brown. He wants to be a good neighbor, good citizen and a good teammate.’’
Brown is on two years of probation after having pleaded no contest to a felony burglary with battery charge over an incident with a moving truck company in January, according to ESPN.
Brown refused to pay the moving driver $4,000 for the release of his belongings in January, according to Sports Illustrated.
As the truck driver started to call the company owner, Brown pulled the driver from the truck and Brown’s trainer took the keys and removed items from the truck.
Brown signed a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in October for a base salary of $750,000, according to ESPN.
“We are aware of the reported incident involving Antonio Brown prior to his signing,” the Buccaneers said in a statement on Nov. 16, according to USA Today. “When Antonio joined us, we were clear about what we expected and required of him. Thus far, he has met all the expectations we have in place.”
The NFL said Wednesday morning that the league planned to investigate the latest altercation involving Brown.
“We review any incident of this kind,” NFL Spokesman Brian McCarthy told USA Today in an emailed statement.
The wide receiver also has a hearing for a civil suit alleging sexual assault and rape in January, USA Today reported.