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Arrest warrant issued for Antonio Brown, former Buccaneers wide receiver, in Florida for alleged battery

Tampa police said an argument between a woman and the currently unsigned NFL player "turned physical."

Florida police are seeking to arrest former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, authorities said Thursday, in connection with allegations of domestic battery in Tampa.

The incident unfolded at about 1:30 p.m. ET Monday, when Brown and an unidentified woman "were involved in a verbal altercation at a home in South Tampa," Tampa police said in a statement.

"At some point later on, the argument turned physical, after the suspect threw a shoe at the victim," the statement said. "The suspect also attempted to evict the victim from the residence and locked her out of the home."

Brown is wanted on suspicion of battery, and police have a court-ordered warrant for his arrest, officials said.

Antonio Brown attends a Party at Vision Lounge on March 4, 2022 in Atlanta.
Antonio Brown at a party at Vision Lounge in Atlanta on March 4.Prince Williams / WireImage file

A representative for Brown could not immediately be reached for comment Thursday.

Brown, a wide receiver, was last on an NFL field on Jan. 2, when he famously took off his Buccaneers jersey and pads during a game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Bare-chested, he gestured toward fans as he left the field, and possibly his NFL career. No team has signed Brown, 34, so far this year.

If no one signs him, his career will end with 928 receptions, good for 12,291 yards and 83 touchdowns.

His best seasons were in a Steelers uniform (2010-18), when he led the NFL in touchdown catches (15) in 2018 and in receiving yards in 2014 (1,698) and 2017 (1,533).

He was once accused of sexual assault in a lawsuit filed by his former trainer. Brown denied the allegation, and the civil complaint was settled.