Antonio Brown gets probation and must undergo psych evaluation after changing plea in battery case

A judge Friday sentenced former NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown to two years of probation and ordered him to undergo a psychological evaluation and take a 13-week anger management course.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Former NFL star Antonio Brown on Friday changed his plea to no contest in the moving truck driver battery case from earlier this year.

A judge sentenced Brown to two years of probation and ordered him to undergo a psychological evaluation and take a 13-week anger management course. Under probation, Brown can travel nationwide for work.

The ex-Steelers and Patriots wide receiver from Miami also must do 100 hours of community service and has been ordered to stay away from the two victims.

Brown appeared in a Broward County courtroom Friday morning wearing a face covering. He declined to comment to Local 10 News cameras leaving the courthouse in Fort Lauderdale.

He had faced charges of felony burglary with assault or battery, burglary of an occupied conveyance and criminal mischief for the incident that took place at his Hollywood home in January. He previously pled not guilty.

Brown and his trainer, Glenn Holt, who is also a former NFL player, were accused of attacking a moving truck driver at the home.

His attorney Carson Hancock released a statement that read in part:

“Antonio’s case resulted from a misunderstanding concerning the payment of costs for the moving of Antonio’s family belongings from California to Florida. After Antonio had paid the moving company the entire contracted fee for the move ... the moving van driver demanded an additional fee for what [the mover] described as ‘extra time.’ While the ‘extra time’ was being discussed, several of Antonio’s friends began unloading boxes from the moving van. [The mover] attempted to stop the unloading, claiming that some of the unloaded boxes were not Antonio’s. Every box that turned out not to include Antonio’s belongings was immediately put back on the van. Nevertheless, several people, including Antonio, were charged with burglary of a conveyance and misdemeanor battery. Rather than engage in a protracted legal case, Antonio decided to resolve this matter in an expeditious manner. But for the impediments to Court proceedings created by the Covid-19 restrictions, Antonio’s case would have been disposed of several weeks earlier.”

Alana Burstyn, an advisor for Brown, said “with this matter now resolved, Antonio looks forward to continuing his cooperation with the NFL and resuming his professional career.”

Brown, 31, is not currently with an NFL team and played just one game last season for the Patriots, against the Dolphins, before he was released amid accusations of inappropriate sexual behavior.

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Andrew Perez is a South Florida native who joined the Local 10 News team in May 2014.