In a shocking report from ESPN, it has been revealed that Antonio Brown allegedly threatened members of his Arena League team with a gun.
Antonio Brown is known for his bizarre stories, and his ownership of an Arena League team was no exception. However, it appears that the real story was happening behind the scenes.
According to ESPN, the former NFL player reportedly threatened his Albany Empire players with a gun during his short-lived stint as an owner.
The incident occurred after the players became frustrated about a tribute to their late teammate being deleted. They tried to reach out to the front office for an explanation but were unsuccessful.
Eventually, the players confronted Brown at a cigar lounge in Albany. They were joined by Ryan Larkin, a sneaker reseller hired by Brown to assist with front-office responsibilities.
Darius Price and Dwayne Hollis, two of the players involved, recounted what happened next:
“People were a little frustrated because these guys were close to [Mo],” said Hollis. “We were there to just talk, to give our views about how that’s wrong.”
Price added, “AB looked at Ryan [Larkin] and was like, ‘Hey, man, you still got the AR in the car? Go get it.’ Then I was like, ‘I’m not going to allow this dude to walk out of here after you just threatened us.’… After he said that, things did calm down, and we had a conversation. But the fact is that he threatened us by telling his assistant to grab his AR.”
The ESPN report also reveals that Albany Empire players stopped receiving paychecks once Brown took over the team. Some players were only earning $250 per game, while others could earn up to $3000 as a league MVP like Price. Many players claim they have yet to be paid for the time Brown was the majority owner.
ESPN managed to reach out to Brown by phone for a statement. However, he kept his response brief:
“You talked to my guy Alex already, right?” Brown said, referring to his accountant. “I don’t really got nothing to say. Just talk to my authorized representative.”
All of Antonio Brown’s recent legal troubles seem to revolve around money. From allegations of missing child support payments to owing money to jewelers and even selling counterfeit watches, there appears to be a recurring theme in his issues.
Hopefully, Antonio Brown can resolve this latest issue before it leads to yet another negative headline.