Antonio Brown tweets, deletes apology for alleged furniture-throwing incident
In April, Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown reportedly settled a lawsuit from an incident in which he allegedly threw furniture off the balcony of his Miami condominium that landed near a 22-month-old boy and his grandfather.
The boy’s father Ophir Stenberg filed the suit seeking $15,000, claiming his son was “severely traumatized by the incident, crying for hours on end the day it occurred and was unable to sleep that night.”
The lawsuit cited police reports that state that Brown was agitated over $80,000 and a hand gun that apparently went missing.
Brown apologizes, deletes tweet
On Monday, Brown confirmed that the lawsuit was settled in a tweet that included an apology and a claim that money was given to charity to resolve the suit.
“I am sorry that an incident occurred,” Brown wrote. “I apologize for any statement we made in court filings or otherwise to Mr. Sternberg and his family.”
Shortly after posting the apology, Brown deleted it. We have a screenshot.
Brown’s tweet apology came amidst a series of tweets touting positive messaging, like this one:
Brown had called lawsuit a ‘shakedown attempt’
Brown, through his attorneys, initially dismissed the lawsuit as frivolous, claiming in a motion to dismiss that he “was not the alleged perpetrator of the actions alleged,” that “the acts were committed by another individual who was also present at the time of the incident.”
The motion also claimed that the lawsuit was “nothing more than a shameful attempt by a struggling real estate developer to exploit his minor child” and a “shakedown attempt,” claims that may be the impetus for Brown’s apology for “any statements we made.”
The owners of the condominium complex also sought $15,000 in damages over the incident. The NFL had previously stated that it was “aware of and will continue to monitor the civil suits.”
The status of the second lawsuit and the NFL’s stance on the incident are not clear.