Former Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown pleaded no contest Friday to charges related to a fight with a moving truck driver outside his South Florida home earlier this year.
As part of a deal with Broward County prosecutors, Brown pleaded no contest to burglary with battery, burglary of an unoccupied conveyance and criminal mischief. He will serve two years of probation, 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.
Judge Edward Merrigan Jr. withheld adjudication, meaning Brown won’t receive a criminal conviction on his record if he successfully completes his probation.
Brown’s attorney, Carson Hancock, said in a statement the case resulted from a misunderstanding between Brown and the moving company about payments and should have been handled as a civil dispute. Rather than engage in a protracted legal case, Mr. Brown decided to resolve this matter in an expeditious manner in consideration of his family and his football career,” Hancock said.
Brown was one of the NFL’s top wide receivers during his nine seasons with the Steelers. He was traded to the Oakland Raiders last year but released before ever playing a regular season game after several off-the-field incidents. He then was signed by the New England Patriots, who released Brown in September after a second woman in 10 days accused him of sexual misconduct.