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Antonio Brown arrested on three charges, faces potential life sentence

Antonio Brown arrested on three charges, faces potential life sentence

Antonio Brown faces yet another legal battle.

The former New England Patriots wide receiver turned himself in to Broward County (Fla.) Jail at around 10 p.m. ET on Thursday night after a warrant was issued for his arrest, ESPN's Cameron Wolfe reported. TMZ Sports first reported the news.

According to Broward County Jail arrest records, Brown faces three charges -- burglary with assault or battery, burglary of an unoccupied conveyance and criminal mischief -- with a total bond of $10,000.

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Brown had a bond hearing set for 8:30 a.m. on Friday morning at Broward County Courthouse, his lawyer told Wolfe, indicating that the 31-year-old spent the night in jail. 

The charges stem from a Tuesday incident outside Brown's Hollywood, Fla., home in which he and his trainer, Glenn Holt, allegedly assaulted a moving truck driver.

Brown allegedly threw a rock at the moving truck and later physically struck the driver inside of the truck over a payment dispute, according to court documents obtained by TMZ.

Police arrested Holt at the time, but Brown allegedly locked himself in his home and wouldn't cooperate with police until finally turning himself in Thursday night.

The NFL is still investigating Brown over an allegation of sexual assault made by his former trainer and a separate allegation of sexual misconduct.

The veteran wide receiver, who played one game for the Patriots in Week 2 against the Miami Dolphins, has expressed a desire to return to the NFL, but it appears he has bigger problems on his hands.

UPDATE (10:30 a.m. ET): Brown was granted bail in Friday morning's court appearance and will be required to undergo a mental health evaluation among several other stipulations, according to ESPN's Cameron Wolfe.

Brown's battery charge is a felony charge that can be punishable by up to life in prison, per Wolfe. Brown's attorney, Lorne Berkeley, believes the wide receiver was "overcharged."

"Once a thorough investigation is done, we believe the charges filed will most likely be very different than they are right now," Berkeley said Friday, via Wolfe.

Report: Ex-Patriots WR Danny Amendola to re-sign with Lions

Report: Ex-Patriots WR Danny Amendola to re-sign with Lions

Scratch that Danny Amendola-Patriots reunion.

Peter Schrager of the NFL Network reports the free-agent wide receiver is re-signing with the Detroit Lions, where he spent last season and had 62 catches for 678 yards. Former Pats defensive coordinator Matt Patricia will enter his third season as Lions coach in 2020. 

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The 34-year-old left the Patriots after five seasons to sign with the Miami Dolphins in 2018 and may have burned a bridge or two with Bill Belichick. 

It had been speculated that perhaps bringing in a former reliable Tom Brady receiver might be part of a plan to lure Brady back to New England, with a report in late January that Amendola could come along to wherever Brady lands in free agency, but a Brady-Amendola reunion in Detroit isn't happening, either. 

Next Pats Podcast: Will Patriots go mobile at QB if Tom Brady leaves?

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Next Pats Podcast: Will Patriots go mobile at QB if Tom Brady leaves?

There's one big question that New England Patriots are facing this offseason. Who is going to be their starting quarterback in 2020?

For the past 20 seasons, the team hasn't really had questions at the position. It has always been Tom Brady's job. But with the 42-year-old set to hit free agency, the Patriots can't necessarily count on him returning unless they want to pay him what he's worth.

So, now the question for the Patriots becomes, what will life look like if Brady departs?

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On the latest episode of The Next Pats Podcast, which returns for its first episode of the 2020 offseason, Phil Perry is here to explore that question. And really what it all boils down to is what the Patriots are looking for in a potential successor.

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As Perry notes, it's likely to be one of two types of quarterback: The traditional pocket passer or a more mobile athlete in the mold of some of the recent success stories at the position.

Do the Patriots look for the next Brady? Uber-accurate, somebody who's going to sit in the pocket and absolutely dissect every little aspect of the defense that he is looking at. Or, do they go a different route? Do they go with an athlete? Do they get more mobile? Because talking to people this offseason, I'm getting a whiff -- I'm getting a scent that people believe the pocket passer might be dead.

Perry is joined by guests including Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo, Greg Cosell of ESPN and NFL Films, and NFL Network's Kurt Warner to answer questions about Brady's future and what his game has looked like in recent seasons.

For more thoughts about the Patriots offseason, check out the latest episode of the Next Pats Podcast, available as part of the NBC Sports Boston Podcast Network.