Ex-NFL star Antonio Brown was accused of violating a court order but narrowly avoided being hit with sanctions, after he rushed to court.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Brown is using his newly cleared schedule to finally appear for a court deposition.Brown is in the middle a nasty battle with his former landlord, Vladimir Kirsanov, over a $7 million Miami condo.
In court docs filed on September 18, Kirsanov accused Brown of blowing off a deposition in the case, despite being ordered by the judge.
He explained during an August hearing, the judge ordered Brown to be deposed within 30 days. The landlord wrote, “Brown had until Tuesday, September 17, 2019 to appear for a deposition. Defendant Brown failed to comply and is in violation of this Court’s Order.”
In September, the landlord claims Brown’s legal team claimed he was too busy to be deposed. They told him Brown had a busy NFL schedule with the Raiders. He continues, “However, 3 days after that email, on Saturday September 7, 2019, Brown was fired from the Oakland Raiders and signed a contract with the New England Patriots resulting in Brown having a different ‘bye-week’ altogether.”
Kirsanov demanded Brown be sanctioned to the tune of $2,500 and for him to be deposed within 10 days.
On September 19, Brown filed his response, “Due to a number of unforeseeable circumstances outside of Defendant’s reasonable control, including, without limitation, change in employment affecting Defendant’s ability to schedule the taking of his deposition.”
Brown and his former landlord worked out a deal to drop the motion for sanctions. Brown agreed to appear for a deposition on September 24 at 9:30am.
The order states if Brown fails to appear, he will risk facing sanctions.
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 on 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 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 demanding 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 last week.