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Former NFL player Brandon Browner charged with attempted murder after allegedly assaulting ex-girlfriend

Brandon Browner is facing serious criminal charges in California. (La Verne Police Department via AP, file)

Former NFL defensive back Brandon Browner has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly attacking his former girlfriend on Sunday in La Verne, Calif., about 30 miles east of Los Angeles.

Prosecutors with the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office said Tuesday that Browner chased and dragged his former girlfriend around her home in La Verne and smothered her with a carpet, all with the couple’s two children present. He also allegedly stole a Rolex watch worth $20,000. Browner has been charged with attempted murder, first-degree residential robbery, first-degree burglary, false imprisonment and two misdemeanor counts of cruelty to a child. He’s being held on $10 million bail at a Los Angeles jail. His arraignment is scheduled for July 30.

It’s Browner’s fourth arrest over the past 14 months. In May 2017, he was arrested in La Verne on cocaine-possession charges. Four months later, he was arrested on a felony charge of making threats toward a woman. In June, he pleaded no contest to charges of battery and child endangerment, receiving three years of probation and serving one day in jail for violating the terms of his probation from a previous arrest. (He was released so quickly because the Los Angeles County jail was full.) He also was ordered to stay away from the victims for three years and was forced to take part in a 52-week domestic violence treatment program.

Browner also was charged in July 2016 with assaulting the grandfather of his child at the child’s mother’s house, though the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office declined to prosecute after it said witnesses to the incident became uncooperative.

Browner, 33, last played in the NFL for the New Orleans Saints in 2015. An original member of the Seattle Seahawks’ Legion of Boom defense, he was a Pro Bowler in his first NFL season in 2011 and helped the Seahawks to a Super Bowl title during the 2013-14 season, though he didn’t play in the title game while serving a suspension for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drugs policy. He then joined the New England Patriots the next season and was part of the team that defeated the Seahawks for the Super Bowl title.

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