Antonio Brown and his trainer are facing criminal charges after allegedly engaging in a physical altercation with a truck driver outside of Brown’s home in Hollywood, Fla.
An arrest warrant was issued for Brown on one count of felony burglary with battery. His trainer, Glenn Holt, was arrested at the scene and faced an identical count of felony burglary and battery. Holt posted a $20,000 bond and was released from jail.
There is no option of bond attached to the arrest warrant for Brown, who turned himself in to police in Broward County, Fla.
Below is a summary of the events that led to the charges against Brown and Holt, based on police accounts and media reports.
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Brown is facing three charges in connection with the case, according a court document obtained by ESPN.com: felony burglary conveyance, misdemeanor battery and misdemeanor criminal mischief. Prosecutors in Broward County did not include the initial charge of felony burglary with battery in its March 20 filing, ESPN reported.
Brown spent Thursday night in custody as he awaited his bail hearing Friday morning. According to reports, Brown was granted bail with a few conditions.
Antonio Brown was granted bail after a lengthy back-and-forth hearing. His bond with be 100K and he will be required to get GPS monitoring, release his passport and guns, go through drug and alcohol testing and a mental health evaluation.
— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) January 24, 2020
Antonio Brown’s lawyers say he was “overcharged” & they believe when they return to court again the charges will be very different. He’s currently facing a potential life felony on the burglary with battery charge. It’s a very serious charge and they expect a lengthy process.
— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) January 24, 2020
Update (11 p.m.): Brown arrived at the Broward County Jail late Thursday night, Miami television station WFOR reported.
Antonio Brown arrived at the Broward County Jail around 10 pm. He is wanted on 3 criminal charges out of Hollywood. It stems from an altercation with a delivery driver at Brown’s home on Tuesday.
— Carey (@ccoddcbs4news) January 24, 2020
Update (10:10 p.m.): Christian Lata, public information officer for the Hollywood Police Department, told USA Today that Brown is expected to turn himself in Thursday or Friday. “I would assume it would be sooner than later,” Lata was quoted as saying Thursday afternoon. Brown had not turned himself in as of Thursday night.
Update (9 p.m.): An arrest warrant has been issued for Brown on a felony charge of burglary and battery.
Update: (6:20 p.m.): TMZ obtained court documents that allege the incident stemmed from the moving truck driver asking Brown for $4,000 payment for helping him move belongings from California. Brown threw a rock at the truck when the spurned driver drove away, TMZ reports, and allegedly committed assault when the driver returned to again ask for his owed cash. Holt is alleged to have also participated in the altercation by taking the driver’s keys and trying to swipe Brown’s items from the back of the vehicle for his client.
Update (4:42 p.m.): Chelsie Kyriss, Brown’s ex-girlfriend and the mother of his three kids, shared an emotional message on Instagram expressing concern for Brown, imporing his to seek mental health treatment. Kyriss said she has distanced the children from Brown to begin “a new life free from any impulsive, reckless and unhealthy behaviors.”
Update (11:31 a.m.): Antonio Brown remained at his home Wednesday morning as the police investigation continued. Brown has “locked himself in his house,” a public information officer told USA Today, and thus far has resisted efforts by police to contact him regarding their probe into Tuesday’s incident.
“They want my name slandered,” Brown posted to his Twitter account at 11:14 a.m. ET Wednesday.
This is a developing story and will be updated.
What happened at Antonio Brown’s house?
A moving truck and its driver arrived at Antonio Brown’s house Tuesday afternoon to deliver some of his belongings, according to ESPN. Police responded to a call at the residence from a person later identified as the truck driver, who accused Brown and his trainer, Glenn Holt, of battery.
The driver, who was not identified by name, told police the incident began when Brown refused to pay a $4,000 bill for the moving truck service, according to court documents obtained by TMZ. An argument over the unpaid bill started and the driver alleges Brown “forced his way into the driver’s side of the main cabin and began to physically strike him,” per the report.
The TMZ report said Holt then grabbed the keys from the driver and began unloading Brown’s belongings, damaging other items inside the truck that did not belong to Brown.
Television cameras on site showed a large police presence.
Holt was arrested at the scene and charged with one count of felony burglary and battery. He was arraigned at Broward County Jail on Tuesday.
Police said they made repeated and unsuccessful attemps to question Brown in the 24 hours after the incident occured. He had remained inside or near his home Wednesday. It was unclear Wednesday night whether Brown would cooperate with the warrant and turn himself in to police.
What is a battery charge?
In Florida law, battery charges can range from misdemeanor to felony depending on the severity of the incident.
A simple battery charge is applied when a person “actually and intentionally touches or strikes another person against the will of the other; or intentionally causes bodily harm to another person.” Simple battery is considered a first-degree misdemeanor in Florida and carries a sentence of up to a one year in jail.
Aggravated battery, the more serious charge, occurs when a person:
- Intentionally or knowingly causes great bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement
- Uses a deadly weapon
- Commits aggravated battery against a victim who was pregnant at the time of the offense and the offender knew or should have known that the victim was pregnant
Aggravated battery is usually charged as a felony in the second degree, which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.
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Brown, currently an NFL free agent after being cut by the Patriots, was already under investigation for an unrelated rape accusation. The league is still reviewing that case.
Last week, Brown live-streamed a video of himself yelling obscenties toward police and the mother of his children with his kids present. He threw a bag of penis-shaped gummy candies at the officers. That led his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, to conditionally sever ties with him until he seeks counsel.
Brown played in only one NFL game this past season.