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Bruce Arians: Bucs were aware of Antonio Brown camera incident prior to signing him

The head coach said the wide receiver has been a “model citizen” since joining the team.
Bucs wide receiver Antonio Brown (81) talks with staff as head coach Bruce Arians, in cart, arrives for a chat Thursday at the AdventHealth Training Facility in Tampa.
Bucs wide receiver Antonio Brown (81) talks with staff as head coach Bruce Arians, in cart, arrives for a chat Thursday at the AdventHealth Training Facility in Tampa. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]
Published Nov. 19, 2020
Updated Nov. 19, 2020

TAMPA — Even though he could’ve been arrested for criminal mischief after destroying a security camera in an angry tirade in his gated community, the Bucs were aware of the Oct. 15 incident involving Antonio Brown before signing him to a one-year contract two weeks later.

Coach Bruce Arians confirmed that the team apparently had no hesitation about adding Brown to their roster following his reinstatement from an eight-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

According to a Hollywood Police Department report, Brown was accused of destroying a security camera and throwing his bicycle at the security-guard shack.

Police determined they had enough to charge Brown with misdemeanor criminal mischief, according to the report, but the president of the homeowners association decided not to press charges, saying she feared Brown “might retaliate against her employees.”

The case was “exceptionally cleared” Nov. 5, according to the report, because the home owner’s association didn’t want Brown to be arrested.

“Like the statement (issued by the team) said, we were totally aware,” Arians said Thursday. “He’s been a model citizen. I think we’re trying to beat a dead horse here now, so there’s been enough statements about it.”

Shortly after signing with the Bucs, a contrite Brown said he had spent part of his 18 months away from the NFL learning how to control his anger.

Arians called him “an insurance policy” and has maintained Brown will be released if he steps out of line.

Asked what gave him the confidence to sign Brown so shortly after the incident, Arians said, “I think we’ve had enough conversations about that, thank you.”