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Florida judge frees Antonio Brown from house arrest, but other conditions remain

Shalise Manza Young
Yahoo Sports Contributor
A Florida circuit judge has freed Antonio Brown from house arrest. (David Santiago/Miami Herald/TNS)

A Florida circuit judge is giving Antonio Brown a measure of freedom after his arrest last week on burglary with battery, burglary of an unoccupied conveyance and criminal mischief.

Via the Associated Press, Judge Michael Usan freed Brown from house arrest and allowed him to remove his GPS ankle monitor. Instead he will have to check in with court personnel every day.

Other conditions remain

Usan reportedly made the decision so that Brown can fulfill contractural obligations with ESPN and comedian Kevin Hart.

But the other conditions imposed during Brown’s arraignment remain: his $110,000 bail, the surrendering of his passport, submitting to a mental health evaluation and random drug tests, and giving up possession of weapons and ammunition.

Details of incident emerge

On January 21, police in Hollywood, Fla. responded to a disturbance call at Brown’s home in a gated community. A moving truck driver alleged that the altercation began when Brown refused to pay $4,000 to release his goods on the truck. When the driver got back in his truck to leave, Brown allegedly threw a rock at the vehicle, causing a small dent and chipping paint.

The driver returned to Brown’s home when the manager of the moving company assured him that Brown would pay the $4,000 plus an additional $860 for the damage to the truck and the driver’s time.

According to police, when the driver returned Brown paid the $4,000 but refused to pay the additional amount. The driver went to his cab to call the company and that’s when Brown started another argument, according to police.

Police say Brown climbed into the cab to try to pull the driver out, causing injuries to his neck, shoulder, arm and stomach.

Brown’s trainer, Glenn Holt, grabbed the keys from the ignition and used them to open the back of the truck while Brown and “other unidentified friends” began removing boxes. But those boxes belonged to another client, police said, not Brown.

When the driver told Brown they weren’t removing his boxes, the 31-year-old and his group “started tossing the items back into the truck, causing damage to some of the property.”

Police were called a second time, and when they arrived Brown “retreated inside of his residence and shut the door.”

Holt was arrested that day and posted bail; Brown was charged on January 22 and turned himself in the next day.

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