Antonio Brown avoids jail time for felony burglary with battery charge

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By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com

Antonio Brown resolved one of his several off-field incidents on Friday, as the free agent wide receiver pleaded no contest to a felony burglary with battery charge stemming from an incident with a moving truck company back in January this year.

The incident, which occurred outside Brown's Florida home on Jan. 21, erupted when Brown allegedly threw a rock at the moving company's truck after Brown refused to pay the $4,000 he owed the movers for moving his belongings from California to Florida. As the driver departed, Brown threw a rock at the driver's truck, and the situation further escalated when Brown refused to pay extra money the driver demanded for his time and damages to his truck, per the police report. From there, Brown (and his trainer) assaulted the driver, with Brown entering the cab of the driver's truck.

From there, and following Brown's refusal to talk with police, a warrant for Brown's arrest was issued, and the 31-year-old turned himself into police custody the following day. Out since Jan. 24 after paying a $110,000 bond, Brown, who originally pleaded not guilty, is accepting the sentence without admitting guilt with a no contest plea.

In doing so, Brown will avoid any jail time, but will find himself on probation for the next two years.

Brown will also have to serve 100 hours of community service, undergo a mandatory psychiatric evaluation, and attend a 13-week anger management program as part of his plea.

With this matter behind him, Brown is now focused on a return to the NFL, according to his attorney.

“With this matter now resolved and behind him, Mr. Brown looks forward to continuing his cooperation with the NFL and resuming his phenomenal professional career,” Carson Hancock said in a statement. “He has achieved so much throughout his life from both a personal and professional standpoint, and will continue to do so.”

Even with this issue behind him, that hope may remain a problem for Brown, as the NFL still hasn't finished their investigation into the sexual assault allegations made against Brown during his 11-day run with the New England Patriots.

A seven-time Pro Bowler, Brown forced his way out of Oakland and appeared in just one game with the Patriots last season.

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