Bucs' Antonio Brown Sued by Truck Driver Anton Tumanov over 2020 Assault Case

Mike Chiari@@mikechiariFeatured Columnist IVMay 14, 2021

FILE - In this  Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021 file photo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown warms up before the first half of an NFL divisional round playoff football game between the New Orleans Saints and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in New Orleans. NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown has settled a civil lawsuit by former trainer Britney Taylor, who accused Brown of sexually assaulting her. Taylor filed the lawsuit in 2019, and lawyers for her and Brown released statements Wednesday, April 21, 2021 revealing the agreement. (AP Photo/Brett Duke, File)
AP Photo/Brett Duke, File

Truck driver Anton Tumanov filed a civil lawsuit against Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown on Wednesday in relation to a January 2020 assault.

According to Matt Baker of the Tampa Bay Times, Tumanov said Brown assaulted him while he was delivering household items.

Matt Baker @MBakerTBTimes

News: #Bucs WR Antonio Brown faces a civil lawsuit, accusing him of assault and battery. Plaintiff, a moving truck driver, seeks damages > $30K. https://t.co/SYcwOgkr8s

Brown's legal team issued a statement in response, noting it was "disappointed" by the lawsuit:

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

Antonio Brown’s legal team takes issue with the timing of the lawsuit, with truck driver Anton Tumanov staying quiet for a year, then filing his lawsuit after Brown and the #Bucs won the Super Bowl. The statement: https://t.co/AwFfMh0fFW pic.twitter.com/rSt5qXpVtX

Per the Associated Press, in June 2020, Brown pleaded no-contest to charges of burglary with battery, burglary of an unoccupied conveyance and criminal mischief stemming from the assault. He was given two years of probation and 100 hours of community service and was required to undergo psychological evaluation and take an anger management course.

Tumanov said Brown initially refused to pay $4,000 for the items he was delivering and threw a rock at his truck, resulting in a dent.

After Tumanov returned, Brown is said to have paid the $4,000 but then refused to pay $860 for damaging his truck. Tumanov said Brown and his trainer, Glenn Holt, pulled him out of the truck, took his keys and began removing boxes.

In the civil lawsuit, it is stated that Tumanov "continues to suffer severe bodily injuries, pecuniary losses, and mental anguish."

Brown, who was not signed to an NFL team at the time of the assault, was suspended for the first eight games of the 2020 NFL season after Britney Griner said he sexually assaulted her three times between 2017 and 2018, including one instance of rape, after Brown hired her as a personal trainer.

A lawsuit in relation to the allegations was settled in April.

Brown was also accused of sexual misconduct by an artist he hired to paint a mural at his home in 2017, per Robert Klemko for Sports Illustrated. After the story's publication, the woman told Klemko she had received threatening messages from the same phone number she had previously used to contact Brown.

He was ultimately signed by the Bucs and went on to record 45 receptions for 483 yards and four touchdowns in eight regular-season games. He also scored a touchdown in Tampa's 31-9 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV.

The 32-year-old veteran hit free agency at the end of the 2020 campaign, but he signed a one-year, $3.075 million contract to return to the reigning world champion Buccaneers.