Battery arrest warrant issued for former Bucs receiver Antonio Brown in Tampa

TAMPA — An arrest warrant has been issued for controversial former Bucs receiver Antonio Brown following an altercation Monday afternoon at a home in South Tampa, according to the Tampa Police Department.

Brown, 34, is wanted on a charge of misdemeanor domestic violence battery.

A Tampa Police Department news release indicated that the altercation turned physical, after which Brown threw a shoe at the woman. He also attempted to evict her from the residence, locked her out of the home and threw many of her belongings onto the street.

The Tampa Police Department petitioned for a risk-protection order against Brown on Tuesday, but it was denied by a judge the same day, according to police records. Brown and the woman have multiple children together, according to the petition documents.

A risk-protection order, which must be filed by either a law-enforcement officer or a law-enforcement agency, is used when there is evidence that a person poses a significant danger of harming themselves or others by possessing a firearm or ammunition.

Documents included in the petition indicate the woman had no injuries but believed the shoe was meant for her head. Brown would not open the door or come outside to speak with officers. He also attempted to issue an informal eviction to the woman.

A report filed by an officer called to the scene indicated Brown remained in the residence, and refused to speak with authorities.

Brown has been a frequent subject of litigation, ranging from a marketing company alleging that he didn’t pay commission to an assault/battery accusation from a moving truck driver (who was awarded $1.2 million this fall). In October, a Sarasota man filed a lawsuit in Broward County, alleging that Brown sold him a counterfeit watch for $160,000.

Brown hasn’t played in the NFL since being formally released by the Bucs on Jan. 6, four days after his bizarre and viral exit from the sideline during his team’s game against the Jets at MetLife Stadium. A month earlier, he had been suspended with two other players for three games without pay for using fake COVID-19 vaccination cards.

This story will be updated.

Times staff writer Matt Baker contributed to this report.

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