Antonio Brown is back in the news again for all of the wrong reasons.
The star Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver, already the subject of trade rumors because of his behavior at the end of the season, was investigated for domestic misconduct against a woman in a January domestic dispute, according to the Hollywood (Fla.) Police Dept.
A spokesman for the Hollywood Police said in an email to the Tribune-Review that “officers did respond to a domestic dispute involving Mr. Brown last month. No arrests were made.”
TMZ Sports first reported the incident involving the 30-year-old Brown on Tuesday afternoon.
Brown’s attorney, Darren Heitner, released the following statement when contacted by multiple outlets, including the Tribune-Review: “The allegations are baseless and false. It’s unfortunate that the media is trying to use distractions like this and prior stories in an effort to tarnish my client’s name and reputation. We have no further comment.”
Brown maintains a residence in south Florida and has spent much of his time there since the Steelers’ season ended.
The Steelers released a statement through spokesman Burt Lauten:
“We were made aware earlier today of the alleged incident involving Antonio Brown last month in Florida. We are still in the process of gathering information, consequently we have no further comment at this time.”
Brown was inactive for the final game of the season after he skipped a team meeting and a walkthrough after an incident that happened in practice earlier in the week. Brown did not report to clean out his locker or a final meeting with coach Mike Tomlin, and he ignored texts from his coach in addition to team president Art Rooney II.
Because of that incident, the Steelers are expected to try to trade Brown once the new NFL calendar year begins March 13.
Brown also was involved in several other off-field incidents in the past year, including being cited for driving in excess of 100 mph on McKnight Road. He also faced a lawsuit that accused him of throwing furniture off a high-rise apartment balcony in Florida, with the furniture nearly striking a toddler.
Joe Rutter is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Joe at [email protected] or via Twitter @tribjoerutter.