Bucs’ Antonio Brown sued, accused of stiffing marketing firm

This isn’t the first time the Super Bowl 55 champion has been accused of stiffing workers or partners.
Bucs receiver Antonio Brown has been sued twice this month in Broward County.
Bucs receiver Antonio Brown has been sued twice this month in Broward County. [ DOUGLAS CLIFFORD | Times ]
Published May 27, 2021|Updated May 27, 2021

Bucs receiver Antonio Brown faces another civil lawsuit after a sports marketing company accused the Super Bowl 55 champion of not paying commission on more than $2 million in earnings.

In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Broward County, the company, KCB Marketing, said it worked with Brown for several years to help him secure marketing deals. They signed an agreement in July 2017 to continue working together and to resolve Brown’s previously existing, undisclosed outstanding balance for commission.

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The Miami Shores-based company said it continued working with Brown after that deal and helped him secure $2.4 million through “marketing, endorsement, and public relations opportunities with various third party vendors.” Brown — then a member of the Steelers — refused to pay at least some of KCB Marketing’s commissions and terminated the agreement in April 2018, according to the lawsuit.

The firm is seeking more than $100,000 in damages.

This is not the first time Brown has been accused of not paying his bills. In September 2019, Sports Illustrated reported that he has faced a half-dozen lawsuits for his alleged “refusal to pay wages to former assistants and part-time employees.” That includes a celebrity chef who said Brown owed him more than $38,000 over a Pro Bowl party and a trainer who said Brown owed him $7,200.

In 2020, a dispute over $4,000 with a moving company led to his arrest and contributed to his eight-game NFL suspension. According to the Broward County arrest report, Brown damaged the moving truck and attacked the driver. Brown pleaded no contest to a felony burglary charge and misdemeanor charges of battery and criminal mischief from the incident. The driver, Anton Tumanov, sued Brown earlier this month on complaints of assault and battery.

Brown signed with the Bucs in October and was a contributor in their Super Bowl run. He caught 45 passes for 483 yards and four touchdowns during the regular season and caught two more touchdowns during the playoffs.

He re-signed with the team this offseason on a one-year deal worth up to $6.25 million, with $3.1 million guaranteed.

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