Battery charges against embattled NFL free agent Antonio Brown are DROPPED and the warrant for his arrest is rescinded three weeks after his standoff with Florida police
The misdemeanor battery charges embattled NFL free agent Antonio Brown have been dropped and the warrant for his arrest has been cancelled by Florida police.
State attorney Susan S. Lopez made the announcement on Tuesday, although her reasoning remains unclear.
Brown was wanted for battery in Florida, where he recently had a standoff with police after the warrant was issued. He was accused of threatening to shoot a woman, according to police. The woman has been identified in multiple reports as Brown’s ex-fiancée and mother of four of his children.
The misdemeanor battery charges embattled NFL free agent Antonio Brown have been drop and the warrant for his arrest has been cancelled by Florida police
State attorney Susan S. Lopez made the announcement on Tuesday, although her reasoning remains unclear
According to a police statement, Brown got into a verbal argument that turned physical at a home in South Tampa on November 28. At some point, Brown allegedly threw a shoe at a woman, whom he locked out of the residence. He’s also accused of throwing her possessions out onto the street as he attempted to evict her. The victim told officers that Brown had guns in the house.
On November 29, a judge denied a police petition for a temporary risk protection order that would have prevented the 34-year-old Brown from accessing firearms or ammunition.
‘On November 28, 2022, at approximately 1:30pm, the suspect and victim were involved in a verbal altercation at a home in South Tampa,’ according to the Tampa police statement. ‘At some point later on, the argument turned physical, after the suspect threw a shoe at the victim. The suspect also attempted to evict the victim from the residence and locked her out of the home.
‘The suspect, Antonio Brown, 34, is wanted for battery. There is a court-authorized warrant for his arrest.’
Tampa Police are claimed to have tried to coax Brown out of his home (believed to be above)
Antonio Brown was wanted for battery in Florida, where an arrest warrant is now canceled
Although details were not revealed, Brown was wanted for misdemeanor battery in Florida
Fox’s Tampa affiliate obtained a police report earlier this month, identifying the victim as his former fiancée.
‘The suspect exited the residence and threw a shoe at the victim striking her in the ponytail,’ read police report. ‘The victim had no injuries but believed the shoe was meant for her head. The suspect would not open the door or come outside to speak with officers. The suspect also during this incident attempted to issue an informal eviction to the victim.’
Brown barricaded himself in the house and investigators say he threatened to shoot the woman if she tried to enter. He did tell his children they could return to the home, but they said they were frightened, according to Tampa Police.
Officers were heard yelling ‘we’re not going anywhere’ to Brown, according to Tampa’s ABC affiliate.