Late last week, former New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown was said to be “belligerent” during a deposition at a Miami courthouse. He was in court due to an alleged incident where he was said to have destroyed a luxury condo back in 2018 and was reportedly “noncompliant and flagrantly disorderly” during the proceedings. He even gave a countdown and walked out well before the proceedings were said to be over.
Brown has since responded to these accusations and stated he was “ambushed” by media outlets.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast — Brown claims he was primed and ready to be deposed when he arrived, but found himself being bombarded by media outlets. He accused his former landlord of tipping them off.
“He accuses the landlord and his lawyer of including scandalous allegations in court documents to “provide media fodder” and to use “Defendant’s celebrity to build a name for himself and his legal practice.”
Brown says, “Plaintiff’s counsel has attempted to turn this matter into a media circus for his own personal gain.” The ex-NFL star denies showing up late to the deposition or that he was acting out.
He claims his ex-landlord and his legal team’s “selfish and improper acts played a significant role in railroading Defendant’s deposition from the outset.” Brown accuses them of leaking video of him to the press.
Brown says they utilized “other underhanded tactics, all for the purpose of ambushing Defendant, to capitalize on moments for publicity and litigate this matter through public perception as opposed to upon its merits.”
Brown has no issue with doing a second deposition, but he wants a gag order in place this time around.
The landlord is demanding Brown be hit with $10,000 in sanctions due to his behavior the first time around.
A judge has yet to rule.