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Former NFL receiver Antonio Brown is facing a new lawsuit for allegedly failing to pay for services rendered.
A Wisconsin company filed a lawsuit last month in Broward County, Florida, seeking approximately $28,000 that was not paid to Brown after verbally agreeing to let Avanti Solutions perform work for Brown’s performance at the March “Rolling Loud” hip-hop concert in Los Angeles.
Avanti Solutions is suing Brown and his company, CAB Records, alleging that they agreed to transport the performing arts and provide “on-site production management, choreography and casting of stage performers, wardrobe creation and styling, and stage image creation”. According to the lawsuit, he did the work, but was never paid, despite repeated attempts. The lawsuit states that they “later learned that Brown had no intention of paying the outstanding balance, as he had done so with other vendors in the past.”
The trial is expected to have a trial date in December and a video hearing on August 8, though Brown is already disputing the merits of the lawsuit. Last week, he filed a notarized affidavit with images of three $10 money orders, along with a letter from “Antonio El-Allah Express Trust” on Brown’s behalf, saying the claim against him was “fully satisfied.” According to the Broward County Administration, a lawsuit seeking $27,990.21 from Brown is active.
Brown, 35, has faced a long string of similar default lawsuits during and since his NFL career. He made seven Pro Bowl appearances in nine seasons with the Steelers, but his stays with the Raiders and Patriots were only brief and tumultuous. He landed with the Bucs in 2020 and won the Super Bowl that season with Tom Brady, but his relationship with the team deteriorated so much during the 2021 season that he quit midway through a game, took off his jersey and left the field during a game against the Jets. He has not played in the NFL since then.
Brown recently made headlines as the owner of the Albany Empire, which was kicked out of the National Arena League last month in the middle of a season because of non-payment of team fees and fines. Brown suggested the team move to the Arena Football League, but Albany was not among the 16 teams when the AFL announced its 2024 lineup. Brown could be sued by the team as a result of his actions.
He was suspended three games during the 2021 season after an NFL investigation found he used a fake vaccination card to comply with the league’s COVID-19 protocols. It came to light when a private chef, who said he owed Brown $10,000, told the Tampa Bay Times that he had been given a counterfeit card.
The refusal to pay for the services had previously cost Brown dearly. Last October, a Broward County jury ruled that he must pay $1.2 million in a lawsuit brought by a truck driver who allegedly assaulted Brown in 2020 after he refused to pay relocation costs. This also resulted in criminal charges of burglary and assault, which were settled in a plea agreement that included probation, community service, and anger management classes.
Brown has a hearing in Broward County in August. In a separate trial on the 25th, he was accused of selling a Sarasota man for $160,000 a luxury watch that was said to be worth $400,000, but it was later alleged that it was counterfeit and that Brown had bought it for $500. Brown filed a letter with the court in May containing a money order for $160, again stating that the claim against him had been fully satisfied.
Greg Aumann is the NFC South reporter for Fox Sports, covering the Buccaneers, Falcons, Panthers and Saints. He is in his 10th season as a full-time reporter for the Bucs and the NFL, having spent time at the Tampa Bay Times and The Athletic. you can follow them on twitter @gregauman,
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