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Charges dropped in Antonio Brown’s alleged domestic dispute

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. ( Associated Press) – NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown will not face charges in an apparent domestic disturbance at his Tampa home in late November, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Investigators have completed their examination of the available evidence and have decided to drop the misdemeanor charges, the Hillsborough County District Attorney’s office said in a statement. The arrest warrant issued against him was also withdrawn.

Police requested the involvement of the state attorney’s office to determine probable cause to arrest Brown, 34, after a verbal altercation on Nov. 28. A police report indicated that Brown threw a shoe at a woman, attempted to eject her from the home, and locked her up.

“Based on the facts and circumstances known to both agencies through extensive on-site interviews of the alleged victim by law enforcement officers, it was determined that there was probable cause to issue a warrant for his arrest. First-degree petty assault ,” the state’s attorney said in a statement.

Investigators requested a statement from the woman, in person and under oath, before making a final decision whether to upgrade the charge to a felony. But during the December 16 interview, prosecutors said in a statement their earlier allegation “regarded Mr. Brown’s attempt to kill or cause bodily harm to her.”

Investigators reviewed new information provided by the accused, as well as video taken at the scene, child protective services inquiries and rebuttals to the restraining order. The state attorney’s office then “determined that we could not prove beyond any doubt that an assault had occurred,” he said.

Brown’s contract with the Buccaneers was terminated a few days after he threw his kit into the stands and left the game on January 2. Brown claimed that he was pressured to play injured, but then-coach Bruce Arians claimed that Brown was upset about not getting enough balls.

Brown has a long history of disruptive behavior on and off the court, including allegations of sexual assault made by two women, one of whom claimed Brown raped her.

He was suspended eight games in 2020 for multiple violations of the NFL’s personal conduct policy after pleading no plea to robbery and criminal mischief related to a fight with a truck driver outside his South Florida home that year.

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