Ex-NFL star Antonio Brown is accused of refusing to answer questions in a court-ordered deposition.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Brown’s former landlord is demanding a judge step in and force the ex-NFL star to sit for another depo.
Brown is battling his former landlord in court over a luxury Miami rental. He sat for a deposition on September 24.
In newly filed documents, the landlord says the deposition did not go well at all.
He claims Brown was “extremely noncompliant and flagrantly disorderly.” He says his “shameful behavior” warrants an order requiring him to sit for another deposition and sanctions.
The landlord says the trouble started when Brown showed up 30 minutes late. He accuses Brown of refusing to “answer the most routine of questions.”
Further, “Rather than answering the questions posed, the Defendant chanted, over and over, as if a mantra, a narrative of his own warped concert of the proceedings.”
Brown allegedly began texting during the deposition and refused to listen to his own lawyers. The landlord says the deposition ended at noon when Brown “walked out.”
The landlord says, “Defendants tumultuous tirades, defiant rants, use of profane language and refusal to comport himself in a civilized and grown-up manner” also warrants a special master to preside over the second deposition.
He is demanding Brown be hit with $10,000 in sanctions. A judge has yet to rule.
Last year, Brown was sued by his landlord, Aqualina 1402 LLC, who leased him a $7 million oceanfront Miami condo.
The NFL star leased the luxury condo starting in February 2018. The home was furnished with “high-end custom furniture such as leather couches. Silk fabric-covered sofas and top of the line appliances.”
The landlord accuses Brown of leaving the home in severe damage. He said the NFL star breached the lease by “destroying, damaging, defacing the premises, as well as furnishings, appliances and other personal belongings” of the owner.
The owner said they had to spend a substantial amount of repairs. He claimed Brown refused to pay up despite demands. He sued seeking unspecified damages.
Brown fired back and countersued Aqualina 1402, along with the personal owner Vladimir Kirsanov.
He denies all allegations of wrongdoing and demanded the suit against him be dismissed.
Brown says any damages caused “are solely and completely attributable to Plaintiff’s own conduct.” He claims to have tried to give the landlord replacement furniture. Brown says the owner refused to let his team back into the home.
Brown said he paid all the money owed on the lease, plus extra. He says he paid $140,250 to move in (three months’ rent, security deposit, and a cleaning fee).
The NFL star moved out of the unit after “being the victim of a theft.” Brown sued to demand the return of his $35,000 deposit.
Brown recently rushed to court attempting to block his long-time sports agent from testifying in the case. A judge has yet to rule. Both cases are still ongoing.
Brown is dealing with a separate lawsuit accusing him of sexually assaulting a personal trainer. The case was filed after his drama with the Oakland Raiders ended with the Patriots signing him, only for them to drop him.