Update: Buccaneers release statement after alleged Antonio Brown incident
“We are aware of the reported incident involving Antonio Brown prior to his signing,” the Buccaneers wrote, via their official website. “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.”
Coming off just his second outing as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, star wide receiver Antonio Brown appears to be in game shape on the field. The seven-time Pro Bowler caught 7-of-8 targets in a win over the Carolina Panthers.
Unfortunately, yet another off-field incident is popping up surrounding Antonio Brown. Needless to say, this can’t be seen as good news for the embattled pass catcher and his new team.
More off-field drama for Antonio Brown
According to records obtained by the Miami Herald, Brown was involved in an incident within his gated community in Hollywood, Florida. It happened immediately ahead of Brown signing with the Buccaneers and being reinstated off the suspension list by the NFL.
“Antonio Brown, the superstar wide receiver who recently returned to the NFL after a slew of off-the-field troubles, was accused last month of angrily destroying a surveillance camera at the gated community in Hollywood where he lives and throwing his bicycle at a security-guard shack,” the report noted.
Hollywood police ultimately determined that it had enough evidence to charge the 32-year-old Brown with misdemeanor criminal mischief for the Oct. 15 incident.
The homeowners association president decided against pressing charges, fearing that “Brown may retaliate against her employees.”
This is the latest example of numerous off-field incidents surrounding Brown since his days as a dominating receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2010-18. These incidents led to the then-Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots quickly moving on from Antonio Brown last year.
Antonio Brown off-field incidents
- 2018 incidents with then-Steelers teammate Ben Roethlisberger led to the team opting to trade Antonio Brown to the Raiders following the season.
- Brown was then promptly released by the Raiders after getting into a public spat with general manager Mike Mayock. That included the wide receiver allegedly directing racially incentive words in the general manager’s direction.
- Later in the 2019, Antonio Brown signed with the New England Patriots. He was waived after one game following allegations of sexual assault being levied in Brown’s direction.
- This very same Hollywood community in Florida saw an incident take place back in January of 2020 in which Antonio Brown was charged with felony burglary of a vehicle, misdemeanor battery, and misdemeanor criminal mischief after an incident with a moving truck driver.
These are just a few example of Brown’s off-field issues impacting his NFL career. It remains to be seen whether this latest incident will lead to a short marriage with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
But given how Tom Brady has taken to his new teammate, we highly doubt it.