MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Troubled wide receiver Antonio Brown was in Aventura Tuesday morning and took part in a videotaped deposition over a multi-million dollar condo battle with his former Miami landlord.
Brown, now a free agent after being let go by the Patriots after just one game, was ordered by a Miami judge to appear for the deposition which was originally scheduled for May as part of a civil lawsuit that alleges he caused major damage to the multi-million dollar Sunny Isles Beach condominium he was renting in early 2018.
CBS4 cameras captured Brown walking into the Aventura building around 10:00 a.m. He did not talk to reporters but did use his cell phone to record his own arrival which he posted on his Instagram account.
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His attorney, Darren Heitner, spoke on his behalf.
“This is a landlord-tenant dispute. Cut and dry like that. That’s what today’s deposition is going to be about. Just that.”
The battle with his former landlord at the Mansions at Acqualina Complex began in 2018. The landlord company, Aqualina 1402 LLC, launched the lawsuit over alleged damages to the 10 million dollar unit.
Among the pieces the landlord says were damaged, mirrors, a table, and a chandelier.
When asked how much money he could have to pay, Heitner says that number depends on a trial.
“There’s an allegation out there at this time. At this point, it’s a statutory limit of 15,000 dollars. The plaintiff is claiming in excess of that and we’ve counter-sued as well.”
The landlord’s attorney says damages were up to 100 thousand dollars.
The incident happened after Brown claimed that $80,000 in cash was missing from the condominium along with his 9mm automatic gun.
Brown called the police, who questioned a cleaning crew but filed no charges. Meanwhile, Brown allegedly went into a rage and that when he began throwing things off the balcony.
Brown grew up in Liberty City and played high school football at Miami Norland.
Brown is one of the NFL’s most prolific receivers but was traded out of Pittsburgh and released in Oakland after wearing out his welcome in both cities. The Patriots signed him anyway, and just days later a former trainer filed a civil lawsuit in Florida accusing him of rape. He played in one game and then was released after the team learned he tried to intimidate a second woman who accused him of sexual misconduct.
Sunday, Brown went on a Twitter rant on his first NFL Sunday without a team, announcing he was done for good with the league that exiled him. Even though, he claimed, it had been more lenient toward others facing allegations of sexual misconduct.
The Miami deposition has nothing to do with the rape and sexual misconduct allegations.