Police athletic league cuts ties with Antonio Brown in wake of disturbance
Video surfaced Monday of Antonio Brown profanely berating officers during a domestic disturbance at his Florida home, and a local police athletic league has severed ties with him in the wake of the incident, citing an “irreparable rift.”
The Hollywood Police Department issued a lengthy statement Monday in which it heavily criticized Brown’s conduct in the presence of police during an incident at his home. The statement also indicated that a check the wide receiver wrote to benefit its Police Athletic League has been returned.
“Antonio Brown had a relationship with the Hollywood Police Department Police Athletic League for a number of years” Officer Christian Lata said in the statement, via WPLG Local 10. “He was helpful monetarily and with his personal time that he shared with the children. Recently, Mr. Brown has had incidents which necessitated police intervention. These incidents have caused an irreparable rift between the Police Department and PAL and Mr. Brown.”
The donation by Brown was to help fund a 7-on-7 youth football league, but Brown’s “very rude and disrespectful” behavior, the statement reads, which included “degrading language in front of his young children,” left the department no choice but to end its relationship with Brown.
The Hollywood Police Department noted in the statement that the Police Athletic League is not dependent on Brown’s financial support to function. The department’s efforts to discuss the incident with Brown proved unsuccessful, which also contributed to the split.
Brown, however, fired off a tweet Monday in which he made unsubstantiated claims about “injustice” concerning the Hollywood Police Department.
Hollywood police and I need a meeting unless I’m going to show their track record of my injustice consistently— AB (@AB84) January 13, 2020
“Mr. Brown is free to say whatever he likes on social media,” Lata added in the statement. “However, the facts of these instances speak for themselves.”