Inside the wild Antonio Brown controversies from faking his vaccine card to battery charges after he storms out of game

WIDE receiver Antonio Brown allegedly faked a Covid-19 vaccine card and was accused of battery in just some of the controversies to blight the NFL star.

The athlete, 33, made the headlines again after he walked off the field during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game against the New York Jets on Sunday.


Antonio Brown has been blighted by controversy throughout his career[/caption]


He was accused of faking a Covid-19 vaccination card (file pic)[/caption]

NFL star Brown joined the Buccaneers in 2020 after spells at the Pittsburgh Steelers, Oakland Raiders, and New England Patriots.

While at the Raiders, the footballer was not allowed to wear the same helmet that he had worn for the nine previous seasons.

In August 2019, he tweeted: “I’m looking for a Schutt Air Advantage Adult Large Helmet that was manufactured in 2010 or after. In exchange, I will trade a signed practice won Raiders helmet.”

Drew Rosenhaus, the player’s agent at the time, said the athlete had sported the same kind of helmet throughout his footballing career – from pee-wee to college football in Michigan.

But, manufacturers of the Air Advantage helmet discontinued the gear after 2014 as “helmet technology had moved past it”, according to Sporting News.

In a statement, the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) said it “will not certify any helmet that is more than 10 years old.”

Brown’s Schutt Air Advantage helmet was not on the list of 11 types of the headwear that are reportedly the best to mitigate “head impact severity”.

Ian Rapoport, of, claimed both a 2011 and 2014 model helmet were being tested but sources at Pro Football Talk were reportedly told that Schutt Air Advantage helmets made within the last decade wouldn’t pass the criteria.

Rosenhaus said that he was working with the NFL and union bosses to resolve the issues surrounding Brown’s helmet.

He added: “The helmet is the most important piece of equipment, and he’s had the same one every single snap he’s played in his football career. It is a major issue for him.”

The footballer was among 32 players at the time looking for a new helmet.

Brown chose a new helmet by September of that year and said it made him feel “agile and comfortable”.


In 2019, Brown was accused by his former trainer Britney Taylor of sexual assault.

She claimed that Brown sexually assaulted her on two training trips in June 2017, and raped her in Miami in May 2018, NFL reports.

Taylor discussed the allegations with league bosses in September 2019.

In April 2021, Brown and Taylor resolved the civil dispute and reached a settlement.

The star’s representative Alana Burstyn and Taylor’s attorney issued separate statements, which read: “Antonio and Britney have been friends over a decade. Several years ago they almost became business partners. Recently, they were involved in aggressive litigation.

“Having reflected on their relationship, both feel that the time has come to move on.

“Antonio is grateful for Britney’s excellent training assistance. They are pleased that Antonio is doing so well with the Bucs and has a ring. Their dispute is resolved and they wish each other great continued success.”


The NFL star pleaded no contest to charges of felony burglary with battery related to a fight with a moving truck driver outside his Florida home in 2020.

He received two years probation and 100 hours of community service on a felony burglary charge and misdemeanor charges of battery and criminal mischief, according to the Associated Press.

Brown was accused of using “resistance and violence” with Anton Tumanov as he moved the NFL star’s belongings from California to Florida in January 2020.

The civil suit that was filed in May 2021 was an extension to a previously settled criminal case involving the seven-time Pro Bowler.

His personal trainer Glen Holt was also named in the new suit.

Brown and Holt allegedly verbally and physically attacked Tumanov, the suit alleges.

Tumanov claims that when he arrived at Brown’s $8 million Florida home with his possessions, he was “met with resistance and violence.”

The suit claims that the men attacked Tumanov’s vehicle and then broke his key.

It also alleges that they “proceeded to verbally and physically attack (Tumanov), causing severe personal injuries.”

Tumanov “continues to suffer severe bodily injuries, pecuniary losses, and mental anguish,” the suit alleged.

The mover was seeking $30,000 in compensation for bodily injuries, financial losses, and mental anguish.

Sean Burstyn, one of Brown’s lawyers, said they were “disappointed, but not surprised” that the suit was filed more than a year after the incident, according to the Miami Herald.


Earlier this month, Brown was suspended for three matches without pay for “misrepresenting” his Covid vaccination status.

Burstyn revealed in November that Brown promised him that he was vaccinated and had least had one dose of the Covid jab.

Brown was accused in November of obtaining a fake Covid vaccine card, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

His former personal chef Steven Ruiz claimed that the athlete had his girlfriend reach out to him to get a card that stated Brown had received the Johnson and Johnson shot.

Ruiz reportedly couldn’t get a vaccine card but alleged that Brown showed him a card that he had purchased.

In response to the story published in the Times, the Buccaneers said they “received completed vaccination cards” from all members of the squad.

Burstyn said that if the star’s doctors and health guidelines mandated a booster shot then the athlete would “comply”.

He added that Brown would be “happy” to get the vaccine on TV if required.

The league and player’s union said: The NFL-NFLPA jointly reinforce their commitment and further emphasize the importance of strict adherence to the protocols to protect the well-being of everyone associated with the NFL.”


Brown removed his gear and walked up the tunnel during the third quarter of the Buccaneers’ match against the Jets at MetLife stadium.

It’s not known what fueled the incident.

The NFL star’s younger brother Desmond, 31, branded the move “selfish”, adding “there’s no honor in quitting”.

In an interview with the Daily Caller, he speculated if an incident had happened before kickoff or in the locker room at halftime. It’s not known if this was the case.

Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians claimed the footballer refused to enter the game, according to Fox Sports.

The coach reportedly told the wide receiver to “get out” after he refused to enter the field of play a second time.

Post-match, he said the athlete is “no longer a Buc”.

Arians added: “Never seen anything like it in all my years. Alright, that’s the end of the story. Let’s talk about the guys that went out there and won the game.”

The Bucs ended up winning the game 28-24. Brown did not return to the match once he left.

Quarterback Tom Brady said: “That’s obviously a difficult situation. We all love him and care about him deeply.

“I think everyone should be compassionate and empathetic toward some very difficult things.”


Brown was required to change his helmet in August 2019 (file pic)[/caption]


Brown removed his gear and walked off the field during the Buccaneers match against the New York Jets on Sunday[/caption]

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