Lawyer claims Antonio Brown, who faces potential life imprisonment, was “overcharged”

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Antonio Brown will soon leave police custody, on $110,000 bond. The charges he currently faces could put him behind bars for a long time, however.

Via Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com, Brown faces among other things a charge of felony burglary with battery. It carries a potential sentence of life in prison.

They overcharged him,” attorney Lorne Berkeley said, according to Wolfe. “Once a thorough investigation is done, we believe the charges filed will most likely be very different than they are right now.”

Brown’s other lawyer, Eric Schwartzreich, disputed the notion that Brown is suffering from a mental-health condition.

“I don’t think there’s any mental health issues with him,” Schwartzreich said. “Antonio Brown’s life right now is a reality show. He is misinterpreted and misunderstood. He’s not guilty of these charges. He did not commit a felony battery. In this case, when all the facts come out, you will see he will be vindicated and he will be found not guilty.”

On the issue of mental health, prosecutors pointed to concerns recently articulated by his former agent, Drew Rosenhaus, and the mother of three of Brown’s children, Chelsie Kyriss. Brown has been ordered to undergo a mental-health evaluation.

The charges arise from Brown’s alleged interactions with the driver of a moving truck who was trying to deliver Brown’s California belongings. Brown allegedly threw rocks at the truck, battered the driver, and removed the property from the truck after a dispute over payment.

“He turned himself in,” Schwartzreich said. “He did the right thing. He surrendered. He’s concerned for the charges and rightfully so. He’s ready for this fight. He’s ready for his vindication. It’s going to take some time, but we are going to put the train on that track.”

Apart from Brown’s legal predicament, the latest incident further complicates his eligibility to play in the NFL, since it constitutes a separate potential basis for discipline under the Personal Conduct Policy. That’s likely the least of his concerns, for now.

131 responses to “Lawyer claims Antonio Brown, who faces potential life imprisonment, was “overcharged”

  1. “He turned himself in,” Schwartzreich said. “He did the right thing. He surrendered. He’s concerned for the charges and rightfully so. He’s ready for this fight. He’s ready for his vindication. It’s going to take some time, but we are going to put the train on that track.”

    Where do we even begin with this? Turned himself in? Yeah after barricading himself in his house for a couple days. Did the right thing?! Come on man….

  2. I would agree that sounds like he was overcharged, probably a District Attorney looking for some good headlines. I disagree that he’s not mentally ill and also doubt that he’s not guilty of some charge relating to this event.

  3. Hey Berkeley and Schwartzreich, watch out. When he stiffs you for your services, you’ll be the next ones taking him to court.

  4. AB has the perfect out right now to get his career and life back on track. People use the mental illness case all the time. If he seeks treatment and gets “well”, he can put the pressure back on the NFL for someone to sign him.

  5. There’s no “complication” regarding his ability to play in the NFL, he’ll never see an NFL field again except on TV

    And while the attorney is just doing his job with those statements, its like a litany of enabling AB as having no fault for anything he does. If the attorney wasn’t smart enough to get paid a substantial retainer up front, watch those statement flip in a few weeks to something totally different.

  6. Brown locked himself in his house and avoided police before turning himself in. Why are there no avoiding police and evading arrest charges? Seems he might have been under charged because of celebrity as opposed to overcharged. What’s the legal perspective on that? Just curious.

  7. “I don’t think there’s any mental health issues with him,” Schwartzreich said.

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    Is this lawyer also a mental health professional who is qualified to make such a speculative statement? If not he should keep his mouth shut and let the mental health evaluation decide whether there are any issues in that regard.

  8. mikethevike11 says:
    January 24, 2020 at 12:17 pm
    “He turned himself in,” Schwartzreich said. “He did the right thing. He surrendered. He’s concerned for the charges and rightfully so. He’s ready for this fight. He’s ready for his vindication. It’s going to take some time, but we are going to put the train on that track.”

    Where do we even begin with this? Turned himself in? Yeah after barricading himself in his house for a couple days. Did the right thing?! Come on man….

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    Probably turned himself in because they cut off his internet connection and he knows they have WIFI in jail

  9. Clearly there’s criminal activity with the battery, and probably with a few things he hasn’t been charged for yet from other cases. But as slimy as it all is, everything he’s been accused of to date doesn’t add up to meriting life imprisonment.

  10. Kris Leggett says:
    January 24, 2020 at 12:20 pm
    of course he was over charged

    that’s what happens when you embarrass the cops on film like he did
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    Agree with this. Most Law Enforcement do overcharge…Sort of like throwing something up on the wall and seeing what sticks!…Some of those charges will PROBABLY be reduced.

  11. The NFL needs to be brought to justice for what they did to AB.
    They slandered him, destroyed his HOF career and banned him from the league.
    These latest charges reek of a setup by the NFL to justify what they have done to AB.
    First they banned Kap, now AB. There is no social justice in the NFL.
    Changes in ownership must be made.

  12. Have these lawyers been paid by AB yet? Their story may change when they get no money from him.

  13. In most states, the state has 30 days after the date the original warrant is issued to amend the charges. It is standard practice to “overcharge.” This gives the state some leeway to drop charges and/or use the charges as a bargaining tool when trying to get to a plea bargain. I doubt that Mr Brown will spend any time in jail for this, unless he is treated differently than most people or violates the conditions of his bond. I doubt it ever goes to trial.

    That said, the man needs an intervention. It is troubling that he has no family or friends who are willing or able to help this troubled young man.

  14. I don’t know the extend of the battery, but this sounds a little on the harsh side for the possibility of life imprisonment. That is the same as 1st degree murder, seems a little excessive. However, if there is not a mental health issue, he should def do some time. Again, I don’t know the extent of the guys injuries……..

  15. “Antonio Brown’s life right now is a reality show. He is misinterpreted and misunderstood.”

    OMG! I wish I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard the “misunderstood” excuse. Further, who, other than Brown, has made his life a reality show. I think his legal team needs to quit talking too.

  16. Overcharged by the moving company for the 4k or by the DA making a felony out of it because they want to get AB? (or both). He clearly is an idiot risking his freedom and whatever money he has left over a small time bill like that.

  17. Over charged ?????
    WTF…..

    I just priced a moving truck company to move from FL to MN and the cheapest price was $2,200. So a price from CA to FL of $4,000 seems like a bargain.
    The lawyer is just as corrupt as AB.
    According to the lawyer, being overcharged for a move is now a defense for assault and battery.

    Good grief.

  18. “Overcharged by the moving company for the 4k ”

    It costs 14 – 18k to run a tractor trailer across the country, my company hires them sometimes. That’s with a full load for 1 customer from a lower end company, not a pricy one. For a split load like that 4k is a perfectly reasonable fee.

  19. It’s heartwarming to see that there are still people out there like Schwartzreich who are willing to continue enabling AB.

  20. Mr Brown has issues, but he has a record of service to his community:

    +In 2016, he donated $100,000 to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. That might not seem like much, but take it from a father whose child was treated at that hospital at virtually no charge, it means a lot.
    +In 2017, he donated 1,000 backpacks filled with school supplies and gift cards to students in the Pittsburgh Public School system.
    +When with the Steelers, he consistently teamed up with and contributed to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank to help children and senior citizens in the Pittsburgh area.

    This sort of thing is not widely reported, and the Steelers and Coach Tomlin are often criticized for Mr. Brown’s current behavior. Perhaps they should be praised for for his past behavior…

  21. Asterisk Dynasty says:
    January 24, 2020 at 12:40 pm
    Weird. Don’t defense lawyers usually love the insanity defense?

    Agreed, seems like a dumb move to remove that play from your playbook before the game even starts.

  22. Of course they overcharged. Police overcharge every single person they arrest to get the maximum amount of bond posted. Our entire criminal justice system is a moneymaking racket. Do people not know this?

  23. Whether AB was overcharged or not by this moving company is a moot point.
    It’s not justification for vandalism and assault.
    If this is what his lawyer is pinning his hopes on, AB needs a new one.
    He’s being overcharged again.
    He’d be better off having someone arguing on his behalf that he needs psychiatric help.
    It might be the one thing to stop this slippery slope and having him lose everything.

  24. skolbrother33 says:
    January 24, 2020 at 12:35 pm
    The NFL needs to be brought to justice for what they did to AB.
    They slandered him, destroyed his HOF career and banned him from the league.
    These latest charges reek of a setup by the NFL to justify what they have done to AB.
    First they banned Kap, now AB. There is no social justice in the NFL.
    Changes in ownership must be made.

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    The sad thing about this statement is there really are plenty of people out there who actually think this is right on the money and don’t see any problem with AB’s complete and utter lack of responsibility for his actions. The NFL isn’t responsible for his beyond ridiculous actions i.e hotel furniture, screaming at his baby momma and his kids and the cops and broadcasting it to the whole world, not paying people for services rendered,. and let’s not forget all the allegations of sexual assault / misconduct just to name a few things.
    Get a grip. You can’t defend a lunatic and expect to be taken seriously….

  25. While the lawyer’s “overcharged him” statement is in relation to the charges he’s facing, the fee charged by the moving company seems reasonable. There could have been other factors that affected the pricing, if they prepare and pack it, the type of material, the number of items etc. If you want a good, reputable company you will pay more than some guy with a trailer hitched to his pickup. LOL But, that’s beside the point. I’m sure he knew the cost, he just thought he could do what he wanted and not pay. Just like several other instances where he thought he could get something for nothing.

  26. Just look around – plenty of people who get inane money end up with a sense of entitlement and go somewhat insane with it – they can do what they want they think.

    So now we are supposed to say they are mentally ill?

    I do think AB should get checked out as he has been erratic but I am not sure he has been anything more than a diva acting insanely, not an insane man like so many of the homeless we ass see on the streets of major cities on the daily.

    They deserve actual help, AB deserves a reality check.

  27. Nothing depletes a bank account faster than being billed hourly by a lawyer who comes right out the gate saying “It’s going to take some time, but we are going to put the train on that track.”

    This guy is going to be the poster child of how to destroy your career. He is going to end up penniless before its all done. He can always go back and watch the video of himself dancing when he found out he was cut by the Raiders and essentially lost $90million. That money gone and ain’t coming back.

  28. I never understand why people lose their mind at the regular Joe Schmoe employee making peanuts, who’s just doing his crappy job and struggling to get by. Instead of taking the matter up with upper management or the actual business owner.

  29. Please someone enlighten me. Why hasn’t the NFL announced an indefinite suspension for him? I get that up until this point he hasn’t been charged with a crime but couldn’t they suspend him while the investigation is underway? I mean where I live a public transit bus was involved in an accident this week where a vehicle ran into the back of them while they were stopped, the bus driver is suspended and subject to drug/alcohol testing even though they obviously were not at fault. It’s their policy. The NFL let him work out for the Saints and one wonders if they wanted to sign him what would have happened. I still fear that some NFL team will sign him and if he’s never convicted of crime he’ll be playing week 1 2020.

  30. This may be the best thing that ever happens to him. The judge did him a huge favor by ordering a psyche evaluation. There seems to be NO WAY he passes that with flying colors and will likely be diagnosed with a disorder, injury or worse. This man is not well … he should look up Brandon Marshall who has been a huge advocate for mental health issues the past few years. Marshall may be able to help or point him in the right direction.

  31. I have a three-step solution when one feels one has been overcharged:
    1. Refuse to pay (unless the charge has already taken place).
    2. Sue the person who overcharged you.
    3. Go all over social media complaining that the person in question overcharged you.

  32. Ok, so this guy obviously has serious, serious mental issues, and in this whole ordeal, he committed some terrible crimes, but life in prison? Seriously? Put aside all of his antics this past year, and look just at this incident. How could these crimes warrant a ‘life imprisonment?’ Life in prison is for things like murder, etc, not some rock throwing and assault. And obviously I would never defend this mentally unstable dude, and of course he should should be charged, but life in prison for this is ridiculous.

  33. To be clear, when the lawyers say “overcharged” they are referring to the severity of the criminal charges. They are not referring to the amount of the moving bill. A couple of commenters seem to have misinterpreted.

  34. A vast majority of Americans do not throw rocks at cars and throw punches in someone else’s vehicle. And if we did, we would all get some time or if your unlucky, face a CC permit holder.

    What happened was unnecessary and violent. And has NO place in our society. See what his mental evaluation comes back as, huge fine and a multi year suspended sentence should follow if he is deemed mentally competent.

    The driver then can file a CIVIL lawsuit and go get some cash money for damages and whatever else he can come up with.

  35. The money he got from new England for the one game he played will all be gone when his lawyers are done.

  36. It’s going to take some time, but we are going to put the train on that track.

    Good luck with that. That train left the tracks long ago, careened down the mountain, plunged into the river, sank to the bottom, and has developed into an aquatic ecosystem.

  37. smarter than you says:
    January 24, 2020 at 1:23 pm
    Imagine what he might do if you accidentally cut him off on the freeway

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    That’s a good point. If he is so willing and ready to allegedly assault a moving truck driver whats to stop him from going off on a random innocent bystander for accidentally cutting him off on the road or not holding the door open for him or anything like that? That is why the mental health eval was issued.

  38. fdrfranklindelanoromanowski says:
    January 24, 2020 at 1:46 pm
    Please someone enlighten me. Why hasn’t the NFL announced an indefinite suspension for him?

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    He refuses to meet with the NFL, its like he thinks if he can wait them out he will just magically get to play.

  39. Odd to see the lawyer outright dismissing the possibility of mental health issues. Most good lawyers keep all options open.

  40. Please make sure that he follows the judge’s order for the psych eval. That’s all I have to say on this.

  41. Brown’s other lawyer, Eric Schwartzreich, disputed the notion that Brown is suffering from a mental-health condition.
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    This judge needs to order a mental health exam for Eric Schwartzreich.

  42. fdrfranklindelanoromanowski says:
    January 24, 2020 at 1:46 pm
    Please someone enlighten me. Why hasn’t the NFL announced an indefinite suspension for him?
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    Maybe because an employer cannot suspend someone who is not an actual employee?

  43. burglary with a battery is a minimum of 25 yrs to life in florida..mandatory ..he better hope they reduce the charge..u dont attack anyone then burglarize their vehicle bc you dont want to pay for stuff. he is going broke thats why he has been renegging on paying things..he will be another broke baller soon..

  44. Unless there are some details that we don’t know of (and there probably is), getting a life sentence for beating someone up or throwing rocks may be a bit overcharging. But “Go to Jail and do not pass Go” sounds appropriate.

  45. No offense but like him or not, life imprisonment is extreme for what he did, especially when you consider that other heinous and more PTSD driving or life threatening crimes get far far less. Besides, the individual and the company do have civil recourse, and he still has a lot of money.

  46. Something is just not right with this young man.
    Not a fan but hate to see an young person with such promise throw it away.

  47. Not to defend AB but twice in my life I have been ripped off by movers who packed up my stuff and played hide and seek with it until I paid a new higher fee. Oldest trick in the moving business.

  48. So the driver is upcharging? Sounds like a bit of a stretch. Every time I have ever moved, there has been an estimate and invoice agreed to upon loading the truck. But then again, what is simple is never simple when AB is involved.

  49. Antonio Brown’s life right now is a reality show. He is misinterpreted and misunderstood.

    So AB is a victim right? Give me a break. I haven’t heard a bigger load of crap since the last time AB got in trouble.

  50. His career was already over and his lifestyle was unsustainable without football income, but once the lawyers take their bite, AB will be filing bankruptcy.

  51. I’ve never moved across country, but when my company moved me 150 miles away they paid the movers well over $4000 to carefully pack and move my stuff. When I get a truckload of freight from CA, $4000 isn’t a bad price. Maybe they upcharged him from the quote, but $4000 for a truck from CA to FL isn’t bad.

  52. Hernandez’s brain looked like it went through a wood chipper. I can’t imagine what AB’s looks like, probably creamed corn. Looking forward to the Netflix special.

  53. I think that the Prosecutors should violently let Antonio Brown KNOW they are there. I mean, when he is trying to seek a deal by admitting things, the Prosecutors should charge him with perjury. Anything and everything includong some things that are illegal. Just to send a message.

    But, dont’ try to say that I advocated the Prosecutors infringing on Antonio’s civil rights. Right, Mike?

  54. He will probably get community service and a fine. Cats without millions of dollars do hard time. That is how it works in the US judicial system. Money talks. If you don’t have money, you sit in the joint.

    Someone else is sitting in a county lock up in Florida with the same exact charges. I bet if we could find them and follow their case, they will go to prison.

  55. Talk about the moving company overcharging, wait until he gets his bill for the lawyers.
    The $4,000 bill from the moving company will seem like a drop in the bucket

  56. Even if overcharged.. most normal people don’t batter and rob the person of a company. We call and speak to their supervisor.

  57. It’s simply amazing how many fanboy doctors, lawyers, psychologists are on this board with their incredible, uncertified professional opinions. Carry on you stud boys!

  58. Mental health professionals will give him medicine which he will take for a while then discontinue use and go back to being bat-sheet crazy again and start his antics all over again.

  59. Mr. Bigmouth Lawyer needs to get familiar with Interstate Commerce. The bill is paid before anything else happens. If there is a problem of any kind after the bill is paid, there is a procedure to follow. This is always printed somewhere on the shipping papers. Seldom do any of these laws or rules get successfully altered by an overwhelmed and uninformed lawyer or unemployed football player.

  60. Life in prison for denting a truck with a rock!

    This is payback from the county for the videos he made about the police.

    I hope he sues the pants off of them

    Every single Fl citizen should be concerned about the abuse of power

    That judge should be removed

  61. mdd913 says:
    January 24, 2020 at 1:06 pm
    Of course they overcharged. Police overcharge every single person they arrest to get the maximum amount of bond posted. Our entire criminal justice system is a moneymaking racket. Do people not know this?

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Over 50 people down voted this. Are there that many people with their heads in the sand? This is exactly how the privatized legal/prison system works. Wake up, people!!!!

  62. Life in prison? Man that’s tough on taxpayers. Prison system is one of the biggest scams in America, and usually the biggest anti-tax people are also the biggest supporters if ridiculously long prison terms. I remember Trump saying how much he liked uneducated voters. Man, he wasn’t kidding.

  63. Just when we think his agent has been engaging in the most enabling conduct possible, along come the lawyers to say “hold my beer” and remind us who America really holds in lowest regard.

  64. Define “Mentally Ill”…

    I think most of humanity would fit that description quite often depending on the observer’s perspective.

    This is a moving van guy…he knows nothing of AB’s crazy ass world.

  65. I’m disgusted by the amount of people on here who think the lawyer was talking about the moving company. Grade school and English teachers all over the country are hanging their heads in shame over the literacy level of the average American.

  66. vikesfansteve, Why should the judge be removed? Judges have no control over what cases appear in their court room and absolutely no say in what charges are filed. Learn something about the criminal justice system before shooting your mouth off.

  67. switchwitch59 says:
    January 28, 2020 at 10:31 am
    vikesfansteve, Why should the judge be removed? Judges have no control over what cases appear in their court room and absolutely no say in what charges are filed. Learn something about the criminal justice system before shooting your mouth off.

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    Vikesfansteve has been off the rails for a while now. For some reason he and people like him can’t understand that throwing a rock at a vehicle does not result in life in prison and neither does battery/assault. It is simply the absolute worst case scenario for serious assault especially if the person has several violent felonies on their record, which AB does not. There’s no payback involved and no lawsuit coming, and the only concerned FL citizens are the ones on AB’s block.

  68. AB is a good guy and what he does off the field is his choice. NFL needs more leaders like him that are willing to defy social norms and not give in to police authorities.

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