The Hollywood Police Department has issued an arrest warrant for former NFL player Antonio Brown, Andy Slater of Fox Sports and TMZ reported on January 22, 2020.
Police confirmed in a press conference the previous day that they wanted to speak with Brown about an altercation at his Florida home involving a moving company driver. The warrant states that Brown is wanted in connection to an incident that occurred on Tuesday involving burglary and assault. According to TMZ, the warrant warns that Brown has a concealed carry permit and that he’s known for being confrontational.
Brown is now in custody but was granted bail.
TMZ is reporting that police accuse Brown physically assaulting a moving truck drier and throwing a rock at his vehicle. According to TMZ, the driver alleges that a dispute erupted when Brown refused to pay the $4,000 he owed for the driver being hired to bring his belongings from California. The driver claimed Brown threw the rock at his vehicle, so he left, but the company told him to go back and that Brown was willing to pay. This time, the driver alleges that Brown struck him, TMZ is reporting.
In a brief news conference the day before the warrant was issued, Hollywood, Florida Police spokesman Christian Lata said police received a 911 call referencing “a disturbance” at Brown’s home around 2 p.m. on January 21, 2020. “They made contact with a victim who stated he was a victim of battery,” Lata said (you can watch video of the press conference on ESPN’s site here.)
Once there, police made contact “with one of the alleged suspects, identified as Mr. Glen Holt,” Lata said in the news conference. “He was subsequently taken into custody and was arrested for battery” and burglary. Holt was identified as Brown’s trainer. According to TMZ, Holt scuffled with the driver for the keys, cutting him in the process.
“The subject that was arrested, Mr. Holt, was identified as Antonio Brown’s trainer. He was on scene with Antonio Brown during the incident. The incident is still being investigated,” said Lata. Lata also indicated of Brown, according to CBS Miami: “At the time of the incident he was on scene, but unfortunately officers attempted to make contact with him and were unsuccessful.”
It was previously reported that Antonio Brown is under possible investigation for battery, according to an ESPN reporter, who added that the former New England Patriots’ player has not been arrested at this point. It all involves a moving company driver, TMZ reported.
ESPN also reported that, according to a Hollywood police spokesman, Brown “was at home with Holt at the time of the incident” and police hoped to contact Brown to determine whether to bring battery charges against him.
There was an active police scene at Brown’s Florida home. According to ESPN, police confirmed that Brown is a suspect in the incident, but he’s not under arrest at this time. However, CBS Miami reported that Lata stopped short of calling Brown a suspect, saying instead that the incident is under investigation and police want to talk to Brown.
TMZ also reported that the free-agent wide receiver “has been accused of felony battery and burglary stemming from an incident with a driver who works for a moving company.” Police have not confirmed that information, and Lata didn’t go that far in the news conference. TMZ reported that there was a major law enforcement response to Brown’s Hollywood, Florida home, and it was earlier considered an “active scene.”
According to Local 10, six officers responded to Brown’s home after receiving a 911 call reporting a battery outside the residence at 3600 Estate Oak Circle. A moving truck was seen parked outside the home.
Cameron Wolfe, an ESPN reporter who covers the NFL, wrote on Twitter on January 21, 2020, “Hollywood police are investigating Antonio Brown for possible battery at his home today source told ESPN. There is still an active scene at Brown’s home as police determine if battery charges will be brought against him. As of now he has not been arrested. Story coming shortly.”
Wolfe continued, “Police believe that it is not a domestic situation, source says. More information coming.” More details and the accuser’s name are not yet clear. However, ESPN later reported that the incident was not domestic in nature.
Here’s what you need to know:
A Crime Scene Tech Was Seen Taking a Picture of a Man’s Stomach Area
Jorge Gonzalez, a CBS 4 producer, wrote on Twitter, “Hollywood Police say a man claims to have been assaulted by Antonio Brown and Brown’s trainer. The trainer is in custody. Attempts to ‘make contact’ with Brown were ‘unsuccessful.’ No clarification on what exactly that means.”
“Hollywood police at #AntonioBrown Hollywood Oaks home,” reported journalist Jeff Weinsier on Twitter.
“Crime scene tech just took picture of unidentified man stomach area. Man lifted his shirt so tech could take pix. Man was standing behind moving truck. #nfl #SuperBowlLIV.”
The incident comes a week after Brown’s agent Drew Rosenhaus “conditionally terminated his relationship with him until the wide receiver seeks counseling,” ESPN reported. In addition, according to ESPN, earlier in January 2020, Brown “had an obscene outburst toward the police and the mother of his children that he streamed live on Instagram.”
The Battery Case Comes After Brown Was Accused of Rape in a Federal Lawsuit
The possible battery case comes months after Brown was ousted by the Patriots following a woman’s claims in a federal lawsuit that he raped her.
Britney Taylor accused Brown of raping her in the federal lawsuit filed in the Southern District of Florida. In it, Taylor described three incidents in which she says Brown sexually assaulted her and forced her to have sexual intercourse. The NFL player adamantly denied the accusations.
On September 20, after more accusations arose against Brown in a Sports Illustrated article and allegations swirled that he sent intimidating texts to a second woman who accused him of sexual misconduct, Brown was released by the Patriots. Taylor’s attorneys said they had no comment about his release.
TMZ reported that police were previously at Brown’s home relating to child custody issues involving Brown’s ex-girlfriend Chelsie Kyriss.
People Responded to the Reports of More Antonio Brown Trouble on Twitter
People shared jokes, frustration – and hopes for a Netflix documentary – as news of Brown’s latest troubles spread.
Other people pointed out the seriousness of it all.
This post is being updated as more information is learned.