Bucs coach calls Antonio Brown 'model citizen' after troubling report


Tampa Bay Bucs coach Bruce Arians has addressed an alarming recent report regarding troubled wide receiver Antonio Brown.

Arians, appearing on a radio show this week, said the team is aware of allegations that Brown angrily damaged a security camera in his gated community in Florida, shortly before they signed him in October.

But the 68-year-old coach suggested the team will not take action against Brown for what transpired -- and he added that Brown has been anything but a problem since joining Tampa.

"He's been a model citizen," Arians said. "If and when he's not, we'll move on.

"I don't really think we're going to have any problems. We haven't had any so far, and I really would not anticipate any."

Brown reportedly smashed the camera near the entrance of the gated enclave in Hollywood, near Miami, out of frustration after he was made by security to greet an arriving guest.

A police report said Brown threw his bicycle at the guard and called her a "racist bitch," but the homeowners' association president didn't want to press charges against him for fear of retaliation against other employees, the Miami Herald reported.

The league has since been assisting Brown in resolving his issues with the HOA over security matters at the gate, the report said.

The Bucs acknowledged the report when it surfaced but appeared to signal they knew about it previously or decided they wouldn't punish Brown for something that had happened before they signed him.

Brown's illustrious NFL career ground to a halt last season after he was released by both the Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots amid a series of off-field issues.

He remained unsigned for most of the 2019 season and well into 2020 before the Bucs snapped him up last month -- apparently at the behest of quarterback Tom Brady -- in the wake of an injury to starter Chris Godwin.

The Bucs so far have raved about Brown's fitness and attitude.

The Central Michigan product reeled off six consecutive 100-catch seasons from 2013-18 with the Pittsburgh Steelers, a run in which he received four consecutive All-Pro nods and led the league in receptions and yards twice each.

He finally appeared to outwear his welcome in Pittsburgh, though, even falling out with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger before the Steelers sent him packing.

At least one civil lawsuit for alleged sexual assault of an athletic trainer remains ongoing against Brown.

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