NFL star free agent Antonio Brown has turned himself in to police after an arrest warrant was issued for an alleged altercation involving Brown, his personal trainer, and the driver of a delivery truck.
Brown, 31, is alleged to have gotten aggressive with the driver of a delivery truck who was attempting to drop off Brown’s belongings at his Hollywood, Florida home on Tuesday, TMZ reports.
The driver claimed that Brown refused to pay and then attacked him along with his personal trainer, prompting the driver to call the police. The Hollywood Police Department in Florida issued a warrant for Brown’s arrest on Wednesday night, stating that Brown may be charged with felony burglary with battery, burglary of an unoccupied conveyance, and criminal mischief, ESPN reports.
The warrant warned officers to take care when approaching Brown, noting he has a permit allowing him to carry a concealed weapon and that he is “known to carry,” according to documents obtained by TMZ.
“Brown had a firearm stolen out of Dade County in 2018. Officers should use caution when approaching Brown, as he is known for being confrontational when dealing with police,” the warrant reportedly reads.
Tensions arose on Tuesday after the driver of the delivery truck told Brown that he would need to pay the $4,000 fee for the delivery of his items, TMZ previously reported, citing court documents. After Brown allegedly refused, the driver tried to leave, at which point Brown is alleged to have thrown rocks at the vehicle, causing minor damage and prompting the driver to eport what had happened to police.
The driver returned to the residence after his employer informed him that Brown had agreed to pay the $4,000 fee in addition to an $860 fee to cover the damage; however, when the driver arrived a second time, Brown paid the $4,000 but allegedly refused to pay the additional fee, prompting another argument, according to the outlet. Brown is alleged to have begun hitting the driver and trying to force his way into the driver’s seat, and when others nearby restrained him, his trainer, former NFL pro Glenn Holt, allegedly then tried to snatch the driver’s keys and was successful after a minor scuffle. Holt then allegedly opened the back of the truck so that Brown could remove his things.
The driver called police, but when officers arrived, Brown had retreated into his home, while Holt was arrested, per TMZ’s report.
Police issued the warrant for Brown's arrest on Wednesday evening after he refused to speak to them about what happened, according to ESPN. He then surrendered to police at the Broward County Jail on Thursday evening at around 10 p.m., the outlet reported.
Brown spent the night in jail, then appeared before a judge on Friday morning, according to TMZ. Prosecutors argued that Brown should not be released from custody, while his lawyers — who have claimed that he's innocent, according to ESPN — said that Brown was not a flight risk, per the outlet's report. The judge set Brown's bond at $100,000, but his release will come with restrictions, according to TMZ.
Holt, meanwhile, was arrested Tuesday on one count of burglary with battery, but was released on Wednesday night after posting $20,000 bond, according to CBS Miami.
“This is a serious charge but these allegations are way overblown,” Holt's attorney Eric Rudenberg said of the case, according to CBS Miami. “The charge of burglary with a battery carries a punishment of up to life in prison, but this incident, the allegations are extremely minor, it’s something about tussling over keys to a truck. This is not the kind of thing you’d expect people to go to prison for at all, let alone, punishable by life.”
Brown, who was released from the New England Patriots following several sexual misconduct allegations, recently found himself on the wrong side of the law earlier this month following a dispute with his ex-girlfriend and the mother of his children, Chelsie Kyriss.
The incident, which reportedly involved Brown yelling at responding officers, led the Hollywood Police Athletic League to end their relationship with Brown and return a donation he’d made to them, according to USA Today.
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