Antonio Brown arrest warrant: What to know about misdemeanor battery charge against former NFL star

A warrant for the arrest of former NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown has been issued based on charges of battery domestic violence.

Brown faces charges for misdemeanor battery domestic violence, according to an arrest warrant at the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office from an offense alleged to have happened Nov. 28.

There is no option of bond on the warrant.

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Here is what to know about the charges against Brown.

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Dec. 2

Multiple reports from local Tampa news outlets say that Tampa police have been unable to arrest Brown, with Brown not communicating back with police. Police said the situation is not a standoff, and that they are not sure if he’s at his home.

Tampa PD- there have been multiple ‘attempts to take Antonio Brown into custody’ but there is *not an ongoing standoff.* Police say he’s “not communicating,” not sure if he’s even in home at this point, but do not want to risk officer safety over misdemeanor charge @NBCNews

Dec. 1

According to a report from Fox 13, police were dispatched to the Tampa home of Brown’s ex-fiancee and the couple’s four children and one of Brown’s teenage sons.

Per the Fox report, a police report stated that Brown threw a shoe at his ex-fiancee, which she believed was aimed at her head. It noted that he tried to informally evict her and said he threw her belongings onto the street. During this time, he is said to have locked himself in the house.

Tampa police reportedly filed a risk protection order against Brown over his possession of firearms as police believed him to be a threat to himself or others, but a judge denied it, according to the Fox report.

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This is a developing story and will be updated.

What is a battery charge?

Brown was charged with a misdemeanor battery charge of domestic violence.

According to Florida statues, battery is the actual and intentional touching or striking of another person against their will or intentional cause of bodily harm to someone else. Per Florida law, someone who commits battery is charged with a first-degree misdemeanor. A second battery charge would result in a third-degree felony.

The domestic violence portion means battery — or some other form of violence — directed at another family or household member. Family and household members include spouses, former spouses, relatives by blood or marriage, people who have lived with one another in a family unit or people who share a child.

According to Hussein and Webber, domestic battery is a first-degree misdemeanor and could result in a year of jail time or 12 months probation, and a $1,000 fine.

Antonio Brown timeline

This is the most recent example of Brown having a run-in with the law, and his latest for battery.

Back in 2020, Brown faced chargers of felony burglary conveyance, misdemeanor battery and misdemeanor criminal mischief stemming from Brown allegedly striking the driver of a moving truck after refusing to pay a $4,000 bill for the moving service. Brown pleaded no contest and was later forced to pay $1.2 million in damages for the incident, as well as serve two years of probation. He served only one year of probation after it was terminated early for good behavior.

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Since leaving the NFL in January, Brown has consistently displayed erratic behavior. He took aim at Bruce Arians, Tom Brady and Alex Guerrero on social media, exposed himself to a woman in a hotel pool in Dubai and claimed the Buccaneers intentionally tried to injure him against the Jets.

Brown’s tenure with Tampa Bay ended abruptly when he left the game against the Jets by removing his shoulder pads and jersey and ran to the locker room shirtless during the middle of the third quarter against the Jets.

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