Antonio Brown calls pending lawsuits “false claims”

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There’s a saying in the legal community that the phrase “frivolous lawsuit” means “any lawsuit filed against me.” For now, Steelers receiver Antonio Brown seems to be taking that approach to a pair of lawsuits filed against him arising from an April incident at a $10 million apartment he rented in Florida.

“It has now been made public that two lawsuits containing false claims have been filed against me,” Brown said in a statement provided to PFT and other media outlets. “The facts will soon come out that prove my innocence. My focus will remain on football and I will not let the cases serve as a distraction.”

One of the lawsuits was filed by the landlord, claiming that Brown caused $15,000 in damage to the apartment during an alleged fit of rage sparked by the theft of a gun and $80,000 in cash. The other lawsuit arises from the claim that Brown threw furniture and other items from a 14th-floor balcony, nearly hitting a toddler and his grandfather below.

Brown didn’t elaborate on why he believes the claims are false, and no facts have been provided yet to prove his innocence. As the lawsuits proceed, evidence will be developed through the pre-trial discovery process. Barring settlement, a trial eventually will happen.

Brown was not arrested or charged as a result of the incident. However, he could possibly face NFL scrutiny under the Personal Conduct Policy.

59 responses to “Antonio Brown calls pending lawsuits “false claims”

  1. “no facts have been provided yet to prove his innocence”

    Sorry counselor, burden of proof falls on the plaintiff / prosecution.
    No defendant has to “prove innocence”.

  2. Perhaps there was a brief lapse in the law of gravity, allowing the furniture to float up and over the balcony. When gravity returned, it went crashing down. Surely AB can’t be responsible for such events.

  3. The same guy suing AB tried suing Brandon Marshall in the past regarding some real estate deal and was unsuccessful. The plaintiff seems a bit fishy.

  4. Was the 80g’s stuffed under a mattress? Did he not trust banks and was waiting for a world financial collapse.

  5. “no facts have been brought forward to prove his innocence”

    this makes me sad. it is guilt that must be proven, not innocence.

  6. When I was on college a couple of guys on the floor tossed an oak desk off the 4th floor sun deck at our dorm. The morons got caught and had to explain in front of the student judicial board “what they were thinking” at the time. Needless to say they got booted from the dorms (forever) and suspended from school for a year.

    Maybe Antonio should have to explain his exact thoughts at the time? What was he actually trying to accomplish?

  7. Apparently there is security video footage of the furniture hitting the ground near the guy and his grandson. Unless Antonio can pin that on somebody else in his entourage going nuts and throwing stuff off the balcony he’s going to be stuck for that one.

  8. Wait, they stole80k and a gun, but left his bling behind? Oh that’s right, he was wearing it at the time. What a fool this guy is.

  9. ktoast says:
    October 11, 2018 at 10:36 am

    “no facts have been brought forward to prove his innocence”

    this makes me sad. it is guilt that must be proven, not innocence.

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    Well, either there was or was not furniture belonging in AB’s 14th floor apartment, that was then laying poolside in shambles… what’s to prove? big breeze come and blow that ottoman out the window and over the railing?

  10. I mean seriously, who doesn’t leave $80k in cash laying around an apartment that they’re renting? AB must not have noticed the theft while he was showing some folks how to do his TD celebration dance.

  11. “It is guilt that must be proven, not innocence.”

    These are civil lawsuits. It only has to be demonstrated that it’s more likely than not that Brown is responsible. It should be pretty straightforward to show that Brown is at least responsible for the damage done to the apartment he was leasing (and had a responsibility to maintain), so long as the financial details provided by the owner/plaintiff are legit.

    Probably a bit more difficult to show that he was the person throwing things off the balcony, but it sounds like police were called at the time of the incident, there should be a pretty straightforward record of who was and was not present at the time of the furniture tossing.

  12. An accusation was made.
    That apparently is enough evidence for guilt these days.
    Cut him… hahaha

  13. His lawyer should tell him to be quiet and write a check. Hand him a pen if he doesn’t have one. 15K? Not worth the negative publicity.

  14. Bengalsfan, when you’re a multi millionaire money can pay off people. He is not the average american that can open a wallet and back cops up.

    From anothers Bengals Fan

    Now lets beat the Stealers on Sunday!

  15. stillabengalsfan says:
    October 11, 2018 at 10:51 am

    Well, either there was or was not furniture belonging in AB’s 14th floor apartment, that was then laying poolside in shambles… what’s to prove? big breeze come and blow that ottoman out the window and over the railing?

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    exactly. unless Brown claims that the ‘thieves’ also stole the furniture, and, say, brought it down to the 13th floor, and thew it out the window below his.

    common sense and logic go a long way in figuring out the facts.

  16. 345snarkavenue says:
    October 11, 2018 at 12:37 pm
    stillabengalsfan says:
    October 11, 2018 at 10:51 am

    Well, either there was or was not furniture belonging in AB’s 14th floor apartment, that was then laying poolside in shambles… what’s to prove? big breeze come and blow that ottoman out the window and over the railing?

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    exactly. unless Brown claims that the ‘thieves’ also stole the furniture, and, say, brought it down to the 13th floor, and thew it out the window below his.

    common sense and logic go a long way in figuring out the facts.

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    it is surprising to me that somebody with a law degree would word the article the way is worded is all I meant

  17. stillabengalsfan says:
    October 11, 2018 at 10:22 am
    Brown was not arrested or charged as a result of the incident.

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    Preferential treatment from the police, despite his ethnicity?… But I thought.. never mind.
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    No. Your initial thought was spot on.
    History confirms it.

  18. dcpatfan says:

    October 11, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    stillabengalsfan says:
    October 11, 2018 at 10:22 am
    Brown was not arrested or charged as a result of the incident.

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    Preferential treatment from the police, despite his ethnicity?… But I thought.. never mind.
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    No. Your initial thought was spot on.
    History confirms it.
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    You mean your tv confirms it.

  19. ktoast says:
    October 11, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    it is surprising to me that somebody with a law degree would word the article the way is worded is all I meant

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    fair enough, although I think he was referring to Bell’s statement “The facts will soon come out that prove my innocence”. He’s pointing out that Bell didn’t provide any. Plus, the article that was posted on PFT last night had this about the police report:
    “Apparently when Mr. Brown got upset he started throwing things in the apartment and the coffee table glass was broken, along with a few other minor objects,” the police report reads, via Bouchette. “He also threw some objects from the balcony into the pool area, causing minor damage there as well.”

    btw…I wasn’t implying that you, or anyone else, lacked common sense, and it was not my intention to offend you or anyone else. I was simply saying that the facts should be easy to sort out based on common sense applied to the timing and conditions at the scene.

  20. Antonio Brown is right in the same way that Brady apologists are right. Brown simply released the furniture from the balcony. Gravity (science) is responsible for what happened, not Brown. This is all Goodell’s fault in the end. Right, Patsy fanboys with your scientific “footballs deflate themselves” defense? LMAO

  21. bannedfromchoirpractice says:
    October 11, 2018 at 1:41 pm
    Antonio Brown is right in the same way that Brady apologists are right. Brown simply released the furniture from the balcony. Gravity (science) is responsible for what happened, not Brown. This is all Goodell’s fault in the end. Right, Patsy fanboys with your scientific “footballs deflate themselves” defense? LMAO

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    Are you yet another guy who failed 5th grade science?

    Ok tell me this. Why do my car’s tires lose air pressure when it gets cold outside? And as a bonus question, why do they regain air pressure when it once again get warm?

  22. How do they know the falling furniture came from his 14th floor apartment? Maybe it was from someone else’s 12th floor apartment! Chances are, however…

  23. The biggest mystery is why he hasn’t been charged with FLA’s versions of Reckless Endangerment, Disorderly Conduct, and Criminal Mischief?

  24. @ NHPats
    well for starters most all tires that lose air have a hole in them Sunshine! 9 out of 10 times its this its not from the cold weather, although it can happen in extreme temperatures. And i’m sorry..LMAO, but Ive never seen a tire re-inflate itself without someone attahcing an air hose to it! I doubt this was the case with tommy boy and only HIS footballs, but if thats ur story by all means stick to it! I mean come on man…show of hands, how many people here ever have to regularly air up there tires every year in the winter???? show of hands…anybody??? anybody???? yeah thats what i thought! Geezuz You guys shoulda just stuck to taping opposing teams signals!

  25. As far as Brown goes…lets see….a gun and 80k in cash laying around to be stolen??? Yeah prolly nothing illegal or immoral going on in there! Right?? And then some of his apartments furnishings some how finds it way over the balcony and winds up pool side next to a toddler and his grandpa??? But he’s innocent?? WAKE UP AMERICA!!! Dude a clown..If its Brown…flush it down!!!

  26. cincyalldaway says:
    October 11, 2018 at 3:52 pm
    @ NHPats
    well for starters most all tires that lose air have a hole in them Sunshine! 9 out of 10 times its this its not from the cold weather, although it can happen in extreme temperatures. And i’m sorry..LMAO, but Ive never seen a tire re-inflate itself without someone attahcing an air hose to it! I doubt this was the case with tommy boy and only HIS footballs, but if thats ur story by all means stick to it! I mean come on man…show of hands, how many people here ever have to regularly air up there tires every year in the winter???? show of hands…anybody??? anybody???? yeah thats what i thought! Geezuz You guys shoulda just stuck to taping opposing teams signals!

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    wow. I tend to disagree with NH Pats on many things, but you can’t deny that the pressure of air in a confined space changes with temperature. It is a basic property of nature.

    NHPats isn’t saying more air goes into his tires when it gets warmer. Air expands as temperature rises, therefore when in a confined space, the pressure increases. The oppose happens when the air temperature decreases.

    That’s why the whole ‘deflation’ argument is false. Exponent’s tests in the Wells Report even proves that. However Exponent’s comparison testing calculations were based on assumptions, not actual data from the game, that even they say if changed, then the results would likely change.

    For example….they made an assumption that the temperature of the air inside soaked balls was the same as the temperature recorded at the top of the lighthouse tower. Based on what?

    I can’t imagine getting away with calculations like that in my work and still having a job. Maybe a weatherman in New England, but that’s about it.

  27. cincyalldaway says:
    October 11, 2018 at 3:52 pm
    @ NHPats
    well for starters most all tires that lose air have a hole in them Sunshine! 9 out of 10 times its this its not from the cold weather, although it can happen in extreme temperatures. And i’m sorry..LMAO, but Ive never seen a tire re-inflate itself without someone attahcing an air hose to it! I doubt this was the case with tommy boy and only HIS footballs, but if thats ur story by all means stick to it! I mean come on man…show of hands, how many people here ever have to regularly air up there tires every year in the winter???? show of hands…anybody??? anybody???? yeah thats what i thought! Geezuz You guys shoulda just stuck to taping opposing teams signals!

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    Egads our public school system is even worse than I thought….

  28. NHPats says:
    October 11, 2018 at 2:14 pm
    Prosecutor: “why did you throw the furniture from your apartment”?

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    It’s a civil case, not criminal. You continue to make Pats fans look bad.

  29. He didn’t throw the furniture, Brady didn’t deflate the balls and Ray didn’t murder anyone. It’s all fabricated by Cheating Goodell to make NE look bad!

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