NFL player Antonio Brown turns himself in at Florida jail

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. — NFL free agent Antonio Brown turned himself in at a Florida jail on Thursday night following accusations that he and his trainer attacked another man.

Brown arrived at Broward County Jail around 10 p.m., as first reported by TMZ. The wide receiver, clad in turquoise pants and a matching blazer buttoned over a green jacket, initially walked out of the jail a few minutes after arriving, but then returned after conferring with his lawyer, WFOR-TV reported.

In a Wednesday news release, Hollywood police said Brown’s arrest warrant included charges of burglary with battery, burglary of an unoccupied conveyance and criminal mischief. Officials responded Tuesday afternoon to a disturbance call where the alleged victim said Brown and his trainer, Glenn Holt, hit him near Brown’s Hollywood home.

Holt was arrested and charged with one count of burglary with battery, but officials couldn’t make contact with Brown at the time.

Brown didn’t respond to WFOR-TV’s request for on-camera comment, but his lawyer, Eric Schwartzreich, indicated that Brown would spend the night in jail.

“He’s innocent of these charges. Hopefully we’ll get bond tomorrow and he’ll be acquitted of all charges,” Schwartzreich said.

Brown, who is a free agent, played nine seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was traded to the Oakland Raiders last year but released before ever playing a regular season game following several off-the-field incidents. He was then signed by the New England Patriots, who released Brown in September after a second woman in 10 days accused him of sexual misconduct.

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Former Raiders receiver Antonio Brown reportedly surrenders to police

Antonio Brown turned himself in late Thursday night, TMZ and ESPN reported, a day after the Hollywood (Florida) Police Department issued an arrest warrant for the free agent wide receiver after he and his trainer allegedly attacked a moving company truck driver.

According to TMZ, Brown arrived at “a Florida jail” late Thursday. The report did not state exactly where in Florida or to which law enforcement agency Brown surrendered.

Police spokesman Christian Latta said in a news release Wednesday that Brown faces charges of burglary with battery (a felony), burglary of an unoccupied conveyance and criminal mischief.

The driver alleges he was the victim of battery by Brown’s trainer, Glenn Holt, and Brown himself. Holt was arrested and charged with one count of burglary with battery, and he was arraigned at the Broward County Jail on Tuesday. Holt was released after posting a $20,000 bond on Wednesday.

According to a report by USA Today, there was no police activity Wednesday night at Brown’s home after the warrant was issued, suggesting that authorities were waiting until Thursday morning to arrest him if he did not turn himself in. Earlier Wednesday, Brown reportedly had locked himself in his house and was avoiding police attempts to contact him.

Brown, 31, tweeted on Wednesday morning, “They want my name slandered.”

Later Wednesday, TMZ reported more details from the incident, citing court documents. Per TMZ, the truck driver told police he was delivering Brown’s belongings from California, but Brown refused to pay the $4,000 cost for the moving services. As he started to drive away, the driver said Brown threw a rock at the truck and dented it. The driver then called the police.

The driver said Brown eventually paid the $4,000 but would not pay additional money for damage to the truck, which led to an argument and a physical …read more

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Australian Open: Serena Williams’ bid for 24th Grand Slam title ends in three sets

MELBOURNE, Australia — Serena Williams lost to China’s Wang Qiang in the third round of the Australian Open.

The seven-time Australian Open champion was down a set and a break and Wang was serving for victory in the second set before Williams broke back and leveled the match after dominating the tiebreaker.

Williams was serving to stay in the match when Wang broke her to clinch a 6-4, 6-7 (2), 7-5 victory.

In their only previous meeting, Williams beat Wang 6-1, 6-0 in 44 minutes at last year’s U.S. Open quarterfinals.

Williams’s bid for a her 24th Grand Slam title to equal Margaret Court’s all-time record will have to wait. She has lost the Wimbledon and U.S. Open finals in 2018 and ‘19 and hasn’t added to her collection of majors since her title at Melbourne Park in 2017.

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Serena Williams upset by Qiang Wang in third round of Australian Open

Serena Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam champion, is out at the Australian Open.

Williams was upset in the third round by 27th seed Qiang Wang of China in three sets, 6-4, 6-7 (2), 7-5.

At number eight, Williams is the highest seed to lose so far on the women’s side of the draw at this year’s first Grand Slam event.

The loss comes as a shock as Williams came into Melbourne having won her first title since the 2017 Australian Open two weeks ago in Auckland. It was her first tournament win since giving birth in September 2017.

Williams had also beaten Wang 6-1, 6-0 in their only previous meeting last September in the US Open quarterfinals.

Wang broke Williams’s serve at 4-4 in the opening set which she took 6-4. She then broke midway through the second set and served for the match at 5-4. However, Williams would rally to break serve for the first time in the match to level the set at 5-5 before taking it in a tiebreak.

With Williams serving to stay in the match at 5-6 in the third set, Wang finally broke to secure the upset victory.

Williams was attempting to tie Margaret Court’s record for most all-time Grand Slam singles titles with 24. Williams is 0-4 in major finals since the 2017 Australian Open.

The victory is Wang’s seventh over a top-10 opponent and third at a major. She beat Venus Williams in the first round of the 2018 French Open and current world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty in the fourth round of last year’s US Open.

Wang will meet Ons Jabeur in the round of 16. Jabeur eliminated Caroline Wozniacki earlier in the day in what was the final match of the former world No. 1’s career.

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