Not only does Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady have a new teammate in embattled free agent acquisition Antonio Brown, but he reportedly has a new roommate as well.
Brady began renting his friend Derek Jeter’s $7.7 million Tampa-area mansion after signing with the Bucs last March, and now he and Brown are shacking up together, according to Fox Sports’ NFL insider Jay Glazer.
‘He’s actually been staying at Tom Brady’s house,’ Glazer said on a recent broadcast, referring to Brown, who is nearing the end of his eight-week suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy.
Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady and Antonio Brown (left) were briefly teammates last season in New England, but the scandal-plagued receiver was released after just one game
Derek Jeter is renting his reported $7.7 million Tampa-area mansion to Tom Brady this year
Brady and Brown played together for one game last year, connecting on one touchdown pass
Brown is currently facing a lawsuit in Florida from his former personal trainer, Britney Taylor, who accused him of rape and several instances of sexual assault between 2017 and 2018. He was never charged criminally for any of those accusations, but he is on probation in Florida after pleading no contest to an unrelated assault charge earlier this year.
Brady, who played with Brown for one game last season with New England before the receiver was released by the Patriots, is attempting to help his new teammate with his off-field issues as well, according to Glazer.
The six-time Super Bowl champion even reached out to motivational speaker Tony Robbins, who was, himself, accused of sexual harassment by fans in a 2019 Buzz Feed article.
‘Tom has actually been helping him off the field as well — lining him up with people to help him including people like Tony Robbins,’ Glazer said.
To help with Brown’s off-field problems, Brady reportedly reached out to motivational speaker Tony Robbins (pictured), who was, himself, accused of sexual harassment by employees and fans in a 2019 Buzz Feed article
Although Boston-area sports fans may not like to think about it, Brady and Yankees legend Derek Jeter (left) are longtime friends, who both attended the University of Michigan
The 42-year-old Brady, his supermodel wife, Gisele Bundchen, and their children will be living at Jeter’s mansion for the 2020 season. After 20 years in New England, Brady signed a two-year, $50 million contract with Tampa Bay back in March
The Bucs, who already boast star receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, are currently tied for first in the NFC south at 5-2.
The last few years have obviously been turbulent for Brown.
A seven-time Pro Bowl selection in Pittsburgh, Brown was traded after the 2018 season to the Oakland Raiders, who made him the highest-paid receiver in football with a three-year, $50 million extension.
In his first year with Tampa, Brady is now 5-2
But as training camp began in August, Brown, who had fallen out of favor in Pittsburgh, began making enemies in Oakland.
First he missed time while dealing with blistering feet as a result of a frostbite mishap during cryogenic therapy.
Then there was the prolonged dispute with the league over Brown’s helmet, which was no longer approved by the NFL because it was over 10-years old.
After losing a pair of grievances, Brown settled on a model made by Xenith, and announced the decision on Instagram, with the words: ‘Helmet drama over.’
Less than a day later, that drama resurfaced when Brown allegedly confronted general manager Mike Mayock, who fined him $53,000 for the practices he missed.
Brown then apologized to teammates for his outburst, in which he reportedly called Mayock a ‘cracker’ and needed to be restrained, according to ESPN.
Things appeared to be back on track after the apology until Brown learned that the Raiders had voided $30 million in guarantees on his contract, prompting him to lash out on social media.
Brown demanded his release, which Mayock granted, and within a day he had agreed to a one-year, $15 million deal with the Patriots.
Wearing an anti-suicide vest, Antonio Brown appeared before a Florida judge on Friday. The black vest, which was described as an ‘anti-suicide smock’ by local Fox Sports Radio reporter Andy Slater, is a single tear-resistant garment that is used to prevent incarcerated people from forming a noose around their necks
In June, Brown was sentenced to two years probation and ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation and enroll in a 13-week anger management course by a Florida court after pleading no contest to an assault charge. The sentence came after he pleaded no contest to charges he assaulted the driver of a moving truck at his Hollywood, Florida home in January (pictured)
However, after just one game in New England, Brown’s former personal trainer, Britney Taylor, sued him in federal court, claiming he raped her and sexually assaulted her twice in 2017 and 2018. She has since refiled the lawsuit in Florida.
It remains unclear if the Patriots were aware of the allegations against Brown at the time of his signing, although his then-agent Drew Rosenhaus did tell ESPN that he and Brown knew there was a possibility of a lawsuit.
Antonio Brown turned himself in at a Florida jail on January 23, following accusations that he and his trainer attacked the driver of a moving truck that carried some of his possessions from California. Brown has since pleaded guilty and received probation
Another woman has since anonymously accused Brown of sexual harassment, telling Sports Illustrated that he hired her in 2017 to paint a mural at his Pennsylvania home, where he disrobed and approached her wearing only a hand towel over his genitals.
In response to that story, Brown sent menacing text messages to the unidentified woman, accusing her of making up the allegation and threatening to look into her past.
She then shared those texts with Sports Illustrated.
Brown was cut by the Patriots on September 20, shortly after the text messages to his anonymous accuser were reported. The team never gave an official reason for his release.
The unidentified woman has not filed any lawsuit or pressed criminal charges against Brown.
In June, Brown pleaded no contest to battery and burglary charges stemming from a January incident with a moving truck driver. He was placed on two years’ probation and ordered to have a psychological evaluation as well as enroll in a 13-week anger management course.
He was punished by the NFL and banned without pay for this season’s first eight games because of that the league termed ‘multiple violations of the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy.’ As part of the discipline, the league directed Brown to continue his counseling and treatment program.
Brown threatened to retire on several occasions, but had not followed through with the requisite paperwork.