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Antonio Brown’s destruction of surveillance camera subject to NFL review

Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay Times
 2020-11-17
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Antonio Brown is alleged to have destroyed a security camera and thrown his bicycle at a security-guard shack at the gated community where he lives in Hollywood, Florida. [ DOUGLAS CLIFFORD | Times ]

TAMPA ― Bucs receiver Antonio Brown may have served his eight-game suspension and been reinstated by the NFL, but that doesn’t mean the league isn’t still watching.

The Oct. 15 incident in which Brown is alleged to have destroyed a security camera and thrown his bicycle at a security-guard shack at the gated community where he lives in Hollywood, Florida, didn’t result in any charges.

But it won’t escape the scrutiny of the NFL.

“The league reviews any such incident of this kind,” Brian McCarthy, the NFL Vice President for Communications, said Tuesday.

According to a police report obtained by the Miami Herald, police determined they had enough to charge Brown, 32, with misdemeanor criminal mischief, but the president of the homeowners association declined to press charges, saying she feared Brown “might retaliate against her employees.”

The Hollywood police department “exceptionally cleared” the case on Nov. 5.

Brown has agreed to pay for the broken camera, and the incident has been “amicably resolved,” a spokeswoman for Brown told the Herald.

The Bucs, who signed Brown just a couple of weeks after the incident, released a statement Monday.

“We’re aware of the reported incident involving Antonio Brown prior to his signing,” the statement read. “When Antonio joined us, we were clear about what we expected and required of him. Thus far, he has met all expectations we have in place.”

Brown recently came off an eight-game NFL suspension for violating its personal-conduct policy. The suspension stemmed from his arrest in January, when he was accused of attacking the driver of a moving van at his Hollywood home. He pleaded no contest in June to a felony burglary with battery charge and two misdemeanor charges.

He also is accused of sexual assault by a former trainer in a pending civil lawsuit.

Brown has played two games for the Bucs since being reinstated, catching 10 passes for 100 yards.

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