Antonio Brown: The former Steelers star who’s often been in the news for something other than football

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — He was a star for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He left the Oakland Raiders before the regular season even started. And he was cut by the New England Patriots after just one week. Antonio Brown’s history of distractions both on -- and off-- the field can be traced back to the time he spent playing in Pittsburgh.


Jan. 15

Antonio Brown livestreams on Facebook from inside the Steelers locker room, showing head coach Mike Tomlin using expletives following a divisional round playoff win against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Jan. 17

The NFL begins reviewing Brown’s Facebook live stream from inside the locker room. CLICK HERE for more.

Jan. 18

Brown apologized on social media first, then in person, for his actions in reference to the locker room livestream incident. “I just got carried away in the moment, you know.” MORE DETAILS.

Jan. 22

Brown was fined $10,000 by the NFL for the locker room incident.


Sept. 19

Ben Roethlisberger addresses comments made by Brown on social media saying he wanted to be traded away from the Pittsburgh Steelers. Brown’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said his client did not request a trade. CLICK HERE for additional info.

Nov. 9

Brown was cited for speeding on McKnight Road in the North Hills of Pittsburgh. He was clocked going over 100 mph by Ross Township Police just hours before a Thursday night game against the Carolina Panthers. MORE COVERAGE

Dec. 30

Brown missed the last game of the season with an apparent injury. He sat on the sideline and left the stadium by halftime.

Dec. 31

A report from said that it was a disagreement with a teammate that led to Brown skipping a Saturday walk through, sitting on the sideline and leaving the game by halftime.


Jan. 5

Big Ben criticized Brown in team meetings and it led to a “blow-up” between the two players the week before the Steelers’ regular-season finale, according to a report. CLICK HERE for more.

Feb. 12

Antonio Brown failed to show up in court for charges related to a speeding incident where he was cited for going over 100 mph on McKnight Road.

March 13

Brown was traded to the Oakland Raiders, where he was slated to become the highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL. CLICK HERE for details of the monster contract.

March 14

Antonio Brown was back in court in connection with him being charged on a highway outside Pittsburgh in 2017. He pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and paid a $25 fine.

Sept. 5

ESPN reported the Oakland Raiders were planning on cutting Brown after a heated exchange at practice. The GM issued a letter to Brown saying he would be fined for missing time during training camp. Throughout training camp, Brown had issues including getting into a fight with teammates, dealing with frostbite and wearing a league-approved helmet. Additional coverage.

Sept. 7

Brown was signed by the New England Patriots just before their first game of the season against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Sept. 9

Two people filed a civil lawsuit against Brown. A Pittsburgh area orthopedic doctor and personal assistant claimed they were never paid by Brown for services rendered. More details.

Sept. 11

Brown was accused in a federal lawsuit of raping his former trainer in 2017 and 2018, the New York Times reported. The suit said Brown forced himself upon and sexually assaulted a woman he met while as a student at Central Michigan University. He later reportedly hired her as a trainer. CLICK HERE for additional details.

Sept. 20

The New England Patriots released Antonio Brown in the wake of multiple lawsuits.

Sept. 22

Brown took to social media, tweeting he was done playing in the NFL, following his release from the New England Patriots and the multiple accusations against him. CLICK HERE for more details.


Jan. 13

The police were called to Antonio Brown’s home in Florida. He live streamed the incident on Instagram, yelling expletives at the police, about the NFL and at the mother of three of his children before the situation ended.

Jan. 16

Brown’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, reportedly terminated his contract and relationship with Brown, according to ESPN. Rosenhaus wanted Brown to “seek counsel” for a number of high-profile incidents involving the police in Hollywood, Florida where Brown lived.

Jan. 22

The police were again called to Brown’s Florida home for an incident where he allegedly hit the driver of a moving truck. The driver told police Brown and his trainer assaulted him and threw rocks at the moving truck. Brown was charged with one count of burglary with battery among other charges. He refused to exit his home, according to police.

Jan. 23

Brown surrendered to police on the charges stemming from the incident with the driver of a moving truck. He spent at least several hours behind bars before his bond was set at $100,000. He posted the money and will be required to wear a GPS monitor, undergo a mental health evaluation, be subject to drug and alcohol testing and surrender his passport and guns. CLICK HERE for more details.

Jan. 28

A judge ordered that Brown could remove the GPS monitor from his ankle in order to allow him to fulfill outstanding contracts. Brown is not allowed to leave the U.S. and must call in daily. MORE INFORMATION.


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