Embattled free agent wide receiver Antonio Brown turned himself in to police Thursday night following an arrest warrant issued for the 31-year-old former NFL superstar.
After a series of sexual assault allegations, public disputes, fights and erratic behavior, Brown now faces criminal charges of felony burglary with battery, burglary of an unoccupied conveyance and criminal mischief. He was granted bail Friday with a bond set at $110,000, and was required to wear a GPS ankle monitor upon his release.
Brown’s downfall more than likely spells the end of his NFL career. ESPN reporter Adam Schefter recently said he does not envision Brown returning to the NFL ever again.
Below is a timeline of the most notable events in Brown’s career and personal life in 2019 and 2020, starting with his trade from the Pittsburgh Steelers to the Oakland Raiders:
March 10, 2019: Not long after Brown publicly requested a trade, the Steelers dealt him to Oakland for draft picks. When the team officially introduced him three days later, Brown answered one question by saying, “I bring accountability. I bring actions. Not what I say, what I do. How I approach things.”
July 2019: Brown reported for Raiders training camp unable to practice because of frostbite on both his feet. It’s later revealed that he suffered the frostbite because he didn’t wear proper footwear in a cryotherapy machine in France earlier that month. Though a bizarre headline-grabber at the time, it was quickly overshadowed by the events that followed.
August 2019: Brown threatens to retire from the NFL because the league banned his preferred model of helmet, the Schutt Air Advantage. The 10-year-old model was no longer certified as safe for game action. Brown filed a grievance, lost, filed a second grievance and lost again. Raiders general manager Mike Mayock said on Aug. 18 that it was time for Brown to either be “all-in or all-out.”
Sept. 5, 2019: Reports come out that the Raiders will suspend Brown for conduct detrimental to the team, a day after Brown posted letters from Mayock detailing the team’s fines for his missed camp time to social media.
Sept. 6, 2019: Brown posts a YouTube video that included a recording of a phone call between himself and Raiders coach Jon Gruden.
Sept. 7, 2019: The day before the Raiders’ season opener, Brown asks for the team to release him via social media. The Raiders honor his request. Before the day is over, Brown comes to an agreement to sign with the New England Patriots.
Sept. 10, 2019: Brown is accused of raping his former trainer, Britney Taylor, in a civil suit.
Sept. 15, 2019: Brown plays for the Patriots for the first — and last — time, catching four passes for 54 yards and a touchdown in their Week 2 win over the Dolphins.
Sept. 16, 2019: A Sports Illustrated investigative report reveals that Brown faced an additional accusation of sexual assault, also detailing numerous domestic incidents and instances in which he failed or refused to pay for goods and services others provided him.
Sept. 20, 2019: The Patriots release Brown.
Dec. 27, 2019: The New Orleans Saints bring Brown in for a workout, but they don’t end up signing him. Brown later calls the workout a publicity stunt.
Early January 2020: A series of disturbances in Hollywood, Florida, where Brown resides, make the news. Most notably, he gets into an altercation with his ex-girlfriend with their children present. When the police arrive on the scene, Brown livestreams video of himself cursing at them and waving a bag of penis-shaped gummy candy in their direction. “Hollywood police said they have had enough with Brown and his disrespectful behavior, and have returned his check [to the Police Athletic League] and forbade him from working with their kids’ program,” the Miami Herald reports.
Jan. 21, 2020: A moving-truck driver accuses Brown and his trainer, Glen Holt, of battery. Holt is arrested on charges of burglary and battery. Court documents show that Brown initially refused to pay a $4,000 fee he owed the driver for moving some of his things from California to Florida. When the driver attempted to leave with Brown’s things, Brown allegedly threw a rock at the truck. Upon the driver returning later, Brown refused to pay for the damages, leading to the eventual, alleged assault.
Jan. 23, 2020: After an arrest warrant is issued for him, Brown turns himself in to the Broward County jail.