Former Steelers WR Antonio Brown in Standoff with Police
In the latest bizarre talking point involving former Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown, the ABC affiliate WFTS Tampa Bay reported Thursday afternoon that Brown has blockaded himself into his Tampa, Fla. home in a standoff with police.
There is a warrant out for Brown’s arrest after he was accused of threatening to shoot a woman identified as his ex-fiancee. Per a police statement, a verbal argument between the two — who have four children together — turned physical Monday. Brown allegedly threw a shoe at the woman and threw her possessions onto the street. He stuck an informal eviction notice on the door, stating that she had seven days to leave.
The woman told police that Brown had guns in the residence. On Wednesday, the Tampa Police Department requested the risk protection order, which is designed to restrict firearm and ammunition possession by a person who poses a danger to themself or others. That request was denied by a judge.
According to Tampa’s WFTS, a CBS news affiliate, by the time the police arrived Brown had locked all of his doors and windows and refused to come out. They spent an hour trying to get him to come out of his home. They used a megaphone and told Brown they’d already been in contact with his attorney. They eventually knocked on the door and called out to Brown, telling him, “we’re not going anywhere.”
A sixth-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, Brown spent nine seasons in Pittsburgh, where he was regarded as one of the league’s top wideouts. He was traded to Oakland after the 2018 campaign, but never played a regular-season snap for the Raiders. He then played in New England and Tampa Bay before abruptly leaving a game last season.
Since then, Brown has tried to start a career as a rapper, but controversy has usually followed the once-beloved Steelers wideout.