Antonio Brown has received a two-year probation sentence after pleading no contest in his moving truck driver battery case, according to Steve Owen of WPLG Local 10 News. The judge also ordered Brown to undergo a psychological evaluation as well as a 13-week anger management course. Brown, under the terms of his probation, can travel nationwide for work.
Brown, according to TMZ Sports, must also complete 100 hours of community service. He was also ordered to stay away from the two victims associated with the case.
#BREAKING @AB84 changes plea to no contest in moving truck driver battery case. Judge sentences Brown to 2 years probation, and orders him to undergo psychological eval and take 13-week anger management course. Under probation, Brown can travel nationwide for work. @WPLGLocal10 pic.twitter.com/Dtu3s3mrC3— owenized (@SteveOwenTV) June 12, 2020
In January, Brown was accused of attacking the truck driver in front of his home in Hollywood, Florida. The driver claimed that Brown became violent after a dispute over paying him. Brown was charged with burglary with assault, burglary conveyance and criminal mischief.
"Earlier today, after reviewing the facts of the case, the court determined that it would place Antonio Brown on probation and without adjudication, meaning that Antonio was not convicted of any criminal misconduct," Brown's attorney, Carson Hancock, said in a statement. "Antonio's case resulted from a misunderstanding concerning the payment of costs for the moving of Antonio's family belongings from California to Florida.
"After Antonio had paid the moving company the entire contracted fee for the move, Anton, the moving fan driver, demanded an additional fee for what Tumonov described as 'extra time.' While the 'extra time' was being discussed, several of Antonio's friends began unloading boxes from the moving van. Tumonov attempted to stop the unloading, claiming that some of the unloaded boxes were not Antonio's. Every box that turned out not to include Antonio's belongings was immediately put back on the van. Nevertheless, several people, including Antonio, were charged with burglary of a conveyance and misdemeanor battery.
"Rather than engage in a protracted legal case, Antonio decided to resolve his matter in an expeditious manner. But for the impediments to court proceedings created by the COVID-19 restrictions, Antonio's case would have been disposed of several weeks earlier."
A former All-Pro receiver, the 31-year-old Brown is still under investigation by the NFL following his inclusion in a 2019 civil suit from a woman accusing him of sexual misconduct and rape. Brown also allegedly sent threatening messages to another woman who said Brown previously made unwanted sexual advances towards her, which led to his release from New England after just one game with the Patriots.
After nine years with Pittsburgh, Brown requested and received a trade that led him to ending up with the Raiders in exchange for third and fifth-round picks. Brown's time in Oakland was mired in controversy that included a reported on-field altercation with Raiders general manager Mike Mayock. Shortly after that incident, Brown was released, and he quickly signed with the Patriots. Brown caught four of eight targets for 56 yards and a touchdown during his only active game during the 2019 season.
Despite the league's ongoing investigation, Brown appears confident that he will be on an NFL roster sometime in the near future. On Thursday, Brown hinted on his Instagram page that he would find his fourth NFL team in 11 seasons "soon." Brown has continued to train in Florida, where he recently worked with Hall of Fame defensive back, Deion Sanders.
Last month, Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta, during a recent interview with Adam Schein on Sirius XM's Mad Dog Sports Radio, did not rule out the possibility of signing Brown, who did plenty of damage against the Ravens during his nine-year run with the Steelers. Brown's younger cousin, Marquise Brown, caught seven touchdown passes during his first season with the Ravens in 2019. Baltimore quarterback and reigning league MVP Lamar Jackson recently expressed support as it relates to possibly having Brown as a teammate.
"I'd be happy if they signed him," Jackson said of Brown. "He's a great player. He showed it each and every year when he was with the Steelers in the past, but it's not my decision."