An arrest warrant for the former Bucs wide receiver remains active Friday morning.
TAMPA, Fla. – Tampa police say they are still working to make contact with former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown Friday morning on domestic battery charges.
Tampa Police Department officers were outside the former NFL star’s South Tampa home Thursday hours after a court-authorized warrant was issued for his arrest.
A spokeswoman for the 13th Judicial Circuit said in an email that Brown is scheduled for his first court appearance at 11 a.m. Friday, should he be arrested before then. Records show the arrest warrant is active.
Here’s what we know about Brown’s allegations so far.
What is the charge against Antonio Brown?
Antonio Brown, 34, was involved in a verbal argument with the mother of his children at about 1:30 a.m. on Nov. 28 at a South Tampa home, according to a Tampa police report.
The argument turned physical when Brown threw a shoe at the woman and hit her ponytail, officers said.
“The victim was not injured but it is believed the shoe was intended for her head,” the report said.
Brown also “attempted to issue an informal eviction” by locking the woman out of the home, police said. Brown reportedly “would not answer the door or come out to speak with officers” after the incident.
What is a Risk Protection Order?
A risk protection order is an order that can only be requested by law enforcement if it is believed that a person poses a risk to themselves if they have access to firearms or ammunition. Florida Office of the Administrator of State Courts.
The Tampa Police Department requested a risk protection order to limit Brown’s access to firearms — officers noted in the police report that there were two in the home — but a judge denied it.
How long was Antonio Brown with the Buccaneers?
Brown’s history with the Buccaneers was tumultuous. The team sat out eight games for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy after pleading no contest to felony battery and theft charges following an incident with a hit-and-run truck driver in South Florida in October 2020. Signed Brown to a one-year contract after the suspension.
In December 2021, Brown was among two players suspended by the league for misrepresenting their vaccination status in violation of COVID protocol. News of the suspension came weeks later Tampa Bay Times Rick Stroud’s report accused Brown of obtaining a fake COVID-19 vaccination card to circumvent league rules.
Cameras caught Brown shortly after his return during a game between the Bucs and the New York Jets in which he took off his jersey and shoulder pads. He then took off his undershirt and gloves and threw them into the stands before running to the locker room to exit the game.
Then-head coach Bruce Arians said of Brown after the incident that he was “not a Buck anymore.” He became a free agent. In January 2022, shortly after parting ways with the Boks.