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Bruce Arians Says Antonio Brown Has Been 'Model Citizen' Since Joining Bucs

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistNovember 19, 2020

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (81) runs a route against the Carolina Panthers during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, in Charlotte , N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
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Antonio Brown has found himself in the news cycle yet again for reasons off the field, but Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians is standing by the player.

"We knew of the incident. He's been a model citizen [since joining the team]," he said on SiriusXM Radio. "If and when he's not, we'll move on. He knows that, our team knows that. So I don't really think we're going to have any problems. We haven't had any so far and I really wouldn't anticipate any."

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Bruce Arians tells us that despite the latest incident with Antonio Brown, the wide receiver is in good standing with the team... "He's been a model citizen, if and when he's not, we'll move on" #GoBucs LISTEN ⤵️ https://t.co/yR5dU90N6t

David Ovalle of the Miami Herald reported earlier in the week that Brown "was accused last month of angrily destroying a surveillance camera at the gated community in Hollywood where he lives and throwing his bicycle at a security-guard shack."

Hollywood (Florida) police reportedly found "probable cause to charge Brown with misdemeanor criminal mischief," but the homeowners association president, Sylvia Berman, chose not to press charges, telling police she feared the Bucs wideout "may retaliate against her employees."

She told the Miami Herald, "It's not that we're afraid of him" and said the board thought the alleged incident was too minor for charges and Brown said he would pay for any damage to the camera he caused. 

The NFL is investigating the incident, while the Bucs said in a statement: "We are aware of the reported incident involving Antonio Brown prior to his signing. When Antonio joined us, we were clear about what we expected and required of him. Thus far, he has met all the expectations we have in place."

Brown opened the 2020 season suspended for the first eight games after the NFL determined he had violated its Personal Conduct Policy. A woman who he hired to paint a mural in his home said he made unwanted sexual advances toward her and said he sent her threatening text messages after her story went public. Brown also pleaded no contest to burglary and battery charges in June after he was accused of assaulting a moving truck driver in Florida in January.

Brown could still face further punishment from the NFL related to the lawsuit his former trainer filed against him in September 2019 in which she said he sexually assaulted her three times in 2017 and 2018. 

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