A contrite Antonio Brown spoke softly about the work he had done to control his anger during his nearly 18 months away from football. He had just been reinstated by the NFL — following an eight-game suspension — and was restarting his career with the Bucs.
“I just feel like I’m a better person,” Brown said in a Zoom call Nov. 4. “I’m not a different person, but I’m a better person. I learned a lot about myself working on myself for a year and a half.”
But according to a Hollywood Police Department report, just two weeks earlier Brown had angrily approached a female security guard and female property manager in his gated community in Broward County, smashing a security camera and throwing a bike at a security-guard gate.
Asked Tuesday if the NFL had reviewed the Oct. 15 incident, league vice president for communications Brian McCarthy said, “The league reviews any such incident of this kind.”
What the league will find when it reads the report is the description of Brown committing what police say was misdemeanor criminal mischief.
The case was classified as “exceptionally cleared” on Nov. 5 — more than a week after Brown signed a one-year contract with the Bucs — because Sylvia Berman, president of the homeowners association, did not want to pursue charges. "She is in fear that if Brown were to be arrested for the damage, he may retaliate against her employees,” the report said.
According to the report, Brown became upset at 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 15 when one of his guests driving a blue Alfa Romeo was denied entry into Hollywood Oaks, where Brown lives. Liamari Guzman was working at the security gate and told the visitor Brown had gate restrictions and she couldn’t allow him in unless Brown was present to escort him.
The vehicle made a U-turn and left when Brown approached the guard shack on a blue bicycle.
“Why are you wasting my (expletive) time, you need to let my guest through the (expletive) gate!” Brown said, according to police. Brown then approached the guard shack and began to strike a security camera, causing it to break.
Brown left on his bicycle, cursing. The Alfa Romeo returned, and the driver again was denied entry. Brown also returned, stating, “This is the second time, ma’am, you’re wasting my time. What the (expletive) do I have to do for you to let my guest in?"
Police say Brown then threw his bicycle at the guard gate and it came to rest between the arm and arm motor, sticking the gate in the up position. Brown got into the backseat of the Alfa Romeo and entered the neighborhood.
Brown later entered the office of property manager Lucreta Fascia near the guard shack. He swore at her and demanded she restore his gate access immediately, according to the report.
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When Fascia advised Brown he would have to consult the homeowner’s association, he called her a “racist (expletive) and used other profane descriptions,” according to the report. Before leaving, he pulled COVID-19 guideline papers off the door and threw them on the floor.
Berman, the president of the homeowners association, downplayed the incident Monday, telling the Miami Herald, “it’s not that we’re afraid of him.” She said the board thought the incident was too minor to press charges and that Brown had agreed to pay for the broken camera.
Alana Burstyn, a spokeswoman for Brown, told the Herald that any issues between the homeowners association and Brown “have been fully and amicably resolved.”
At the time of the incident, Brown was nearing the end of an eight-game NFL suspension stemming from an arrest in January. He was accused of attacking the driver of a moving van at his home. He pleaded no contest in June to a felony burglary with battery charge and two lesser misdemeanor charges.
He received two years of probation and was ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation and follow-up treatment, attend an anger management course, perform 100 hours of community service and follow a stay-away order from the truck driver and the moving company owner.
Brown also has had multiple accusations of sexual assault levied against him. He still faces a civil lawsuit by former trainer Britney Taylor, who said he raped her at his residence in 2018.
The Bucs released a statement Monday saying that they were aware of last month’s incident but were vague about when they learned of it.
“We are 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.”
Bucs coach Bruce Arians called Brown “an insurance policy” when he signed the Pro Bowl receiver. In two games with the Bucs, Brown has 10 catches for 100 yards.