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Antonio Brown released on bail in assault case, must have mental health evaluation

Antonio Brown
Antonio Brown appears at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., via video link on Jan. 24.
(Amy Beth Bennett / South Florida Sun Sentinel)

NFL free agent Antonio Brown was released on bail Friday after turning himself in at a Florida jail the previous night to face charges that he and his trainer attacked the driver of a moving truck that carried some of his possessions from California.

Broward County Judge Corey Amanda Cawthon set a $110,000 bond and imposed conditions including a GPS monitor, no possession of weapons or ammunition, a mental health evaluation and surrender of his passport. Brown also must undergo random drug testing.

Brown was released a few hours after the hearing, his lawyer said.

Brown, 31, appeared at a hearing via video link wearing a green jail outfit with his wrists shackled. He spoke only to answer the judge’s questions.

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NFL free agent Antonio Brown has turned himself in at a Florida jail on charges related to accusations that he and his trainer attacked another man.

Prosecutors had sought no bail, asserting that the wide receiver was a flight risk if released. They noted that police had been called to his Florida home 18 times since December for various reasons.

But one of Brown’s lawyers, Eric Schwartzreich, said Brown deserved credit for surrendering voluntarily and had no incentive to flee.

“He could have clearly left. He’s not going to go anywhere,” Schwartzreich said. “He wanted to turn himself in.”

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Brown was one of the NFL’s top wide receivers during his nine seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was traded to the Oakland Raiders last year but released before ever playing a regular-season game following several off-the-field incidents. He was then signed by the New England Patriots, who released Brown in September after a second woman in 10 days accused him of sexual misconduct.

A police statement said Brown’s arrest warrant in Florida included charges of burglary with battery, burglary of an unoccupied conveyance and criminal mischief. Officials responded Tuesday afternoon to a disturbance call where the alleged victim said Brown and his trainer, Glenn Holt, assaulted him outside Brown’s Hollywood home.

Holt was arrested and charged with one count of burglary with battery, but officials couldn’t make contact with Brown at the time.

According to a police arrest report, the altercation began as an argument over Brown’s refusal to pay $4,000 to the driver to release his household goods. The driver called police and reported vandalism after he said Brown threw a rock as he drove away, causing a small dent and chipping the paint of his truck, an officer wrote.

Antonio Brown has been conditionally dropped as a client by agent Drew Rosenhaus until the free-agent wide receiver seeks counseling, according to multiple media reports.

The driver later returned when the manager of his company told him that Brown would now pay the $4,000, and an additional $860 for the damage and the driver’s time. Brown taid the $4,000, but refused to pay the rest, so the driver returned to the van to call his company, and that’s when Brown “started another verbal argument,” police said.

“Brown stepped up into the cabin of the vehicle and started to physically grab and pull [the driver],” while Holt “entered the vehicle and grabbed the keys from the ignition,” police said. The driver tried to get the keys back and cut his hand in the process, according to the report.

Police say the driver suffered injuries including scratches on his neck, shoulder and arm, a cut on his finger and a scrape on his stomach.

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Holt then used the keys to open the truck, while Brown “and other unidentified friends” began removing boxes. The boxes, however, belonged to another client, police said. When the driver told them so, Brown and the others “started tossing the items back into the truck causing damage to some of the property,” an officer wrote.

Hollywood police were called again, and when officers arrived, Brown “retreated inside of his residence and shut the door.”


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