NFL star Antonio Brown has rushed to court to try and block his long-time sports agent from testifying in his court battle.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Brown has filed a motion to shut down a scheduled deposition of his sports agent, Drew Rosenhaus.
Brown is in the middle of a nasty battle with his former landlord, over a $7 million Miami rental property.
The landlord recently told Brown’s agent he wanted to grill him about the case. They also demanded he turn over documents including, “communications between you and Antonio Brown or any of his agents, attorneys or other representations, relating or pertaining to Brown’s occupancy of Unit 1402.”
Further, they had been asking for “text messages emails, correspondence and voicemails, between you and any other third party relating or pertaining to the schedule for the “Organized Team Activities” for the Oakland Raiders.
The landlord also wanted “information regarding Defendants’ contractual obligations with his employer, the Oakland Raiders.”
In newly filed documents, Brown says his confidential messages with Rosenhaus are improper. He is asking the judge to shut down the subpoenas. He also wants his agent to not have to turn over the confidential messages.
The judge has yet to rule.
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.
The case is 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.