Brown arrived for Friday morning’s hearing before Broward Judge Corey Amanda Cawthon after spending the night at the Broward County Jail.
Brown’s attorneys argued for a fair bond amount at Friday’s hearing by contending that he’s not a flight risk. Brown faces multiple charges and defense attorney Lorne Berkeley said, according to the Sun Sentinel: “He’s overcharged. That’s the bottom line.”
Brown faces charges of burglary with battery, burglary of an unoccupied conveyance and criminal mischief less than $1,000, according to Hollywood, Fla., police spokesman Christian Lata.
Brown’s trainer, Glenn Holt, also was arrested and charged after Tuesday’s incident at Brown’s home involving a moving truck driver.
According to WPLG, an ABC affiliate in Miami, Holt’s arrest report states that Brown would not pay a fee to have items from the truck released to him after it arrived at his home. The station reported that the fee was $4,000, and that the driver left when Brown did not pay it. Brown threw a rock at the truck as it was leaving, the driver told investigators. The driver returned to Brown’s home after being told that Brown would pay additional fees beyond the original $4,000 bill. But Brown reportedly refused to pay more than $4,000 and allegedly stepped up to the cabin of the truck and grabbed at the driver.
Holt is accused of entering the truck to take the key from the ignition when the driver refused to hand them over. Brown and others allegedly started to remove items from the truck, some of which did not belong to Brown, and reportedly damaged some items that belonged to others.
A police spokesman had said in a telephone interview Tuesday night that officers investigating the case attempted to speak to Brown that day, but he locked himself in his home and refused to speak to the officers.
“Mr. Brown is part of our investigation,” Lata said Tuesday night.
The NFL, which is investigating Brown for previous allegations by two women of rape, sexual assault and sending threatening text messages, declined to comment Tuesday through a spokesman. Brown has denied the accusations and has filed a counterclaim against one of the women. He already was facing a possible suspension without pay by the NFL under its personal conduct policy.
Brown played only one game this season before being released by the New England Patriots in September. Teams appeared wary of signing him after the league said following his release by the Patriots that it would consider putting him on paid leave via the commissioner’s exempt list if he were to be signed.
Brown denied the earlier allegations against him. He met with NFL investigators, and those investigators recently had been attempting to speak to potential witnesses who might be able to corroborate what Brown told the NFL, according to a person with knowledge of the case. It is not clear when the NFL will complete its investigation and make a disciplinary ruling. The league’s investigation could be extended by Tuesday’s incident.
Brown’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, filed paperwork last week with the NFL Players Association to terminate his representation of Brown. That severing of the business relationship between Rosenhaus and Brown was not to become official until this week, following the five-day waiting period required by NFLPA rules. Rosenhaus reportedly wrote to the NFLPA that he was interested in continuing to work with Brown, but only if Brown sought help for his off-field issues.
The move by Rosenhaus came after an incident between Brown and Hollywood police earlier last week. The police department announced that its athletic league was returning a donation by Brown following a profanity-filled outburst, posted on social media, that Brown directed at police officers and the mother of his children outside his home.
Late last month, Brown had a workout with the New Orleans Saints but was not signed, leading him to characterize it as a publicity stunt.
He was a seven-time Pro Bowl selection with the Pittsburgh Steelers before being traded to the Oakland Raiders last offseason. He never played a regular season game for the Raiders and was released, at his request, before the season.
That came after Brown was fined by the Raiders after a practice-field verbal confrontation with General Manager Mike Mayock. Earlier, he missed time because of injuries to his feet suffered while undergoing cryotherapy treatments and because of two failed grievances against the NFL seeking to be permitted to wear a helmet not up to the safety standards of the league and NFLPA.
Brown was signed by the Patriots but released after one game. He is seeking, through grievances filed through the NFLPA, to force the Raiders and Patriots to pay him approximately $40 million in voided contract guarantees, unpaid salaries and fines.
Staff writer Des Bieler contributed to this report.
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