Antonio Brown’s former stepfather described the New England Patriots receiver as “very abusive” toward women while saying he’s not surprised that he’s now facing rape allegations.
“I can’t tell you that he did what they said he did,” Larry Moss Jr. told USA Today Sports on Friday. “But I know he’s very abusive to women.”
“As far as just raping somebody, (Brown) just feels like he can have whatever he wants,” Moss added. “He’s just empowered that way. So it doesn’t surprise me that this kind of allegation came out about him.”
Moss, 50, hasn’t spoken to Brown since 2005 and admitted the two had a strained relationship in his teenage years.
He helped raise Brown in Miami-Dade County in Florida between ages 5 and 17 and said the star’s history of troubling behavior dates back to his pre-teen years.
“A lot of things that Tony’s doing, nothing surprises me,” he said. “I’m surprised that it took them this long to figure him out. Because he’s been this way since he’s been 12 years old.”
Brown was accused in a lawsuit filed earlier this week of sexually assaulting and raping his former trainer, Britney Taylor, in 2017 and 2018.
In his interview with USA Today Sports, Moss also claimed that Shameika Brailsford, the mother of Brown’s oldest child, Antonio Brown Jr., told him Brown physically abused her.
“She told me that he done jumped on her before,” Moss said. “He done choked her. They done had run-ins.”
Desmond Brown, Antonio’s younger brother, described their childhood as turbulent. The brothers would intervene in physical fights between Moss and their mother, Adrianne Moss.
“This happened numerous times. Then my mom made us leave (home) because she needed her husband’s help with the bills,” Desmond told USA Today Sports in a text message. “Now they’re divorced and we try to rekindle the relationship with our mom but it’s hard.”
Moss — who’s done time for aggravated battery and criminal trespass in the 1990s — denied Desmond’s allegations, saying he and Adrianne only had one physical fight in their 20-year marriage.
He admitted to “whupping” Antonio’s “ass one time with a cord” when he was younger.
“I beat his ass, I did. And that was probably the only time I really chastised him. But it was just one thing after another, one thing after another,” Moss said. “He was just a problem kid, man.”
Antonio’s lawyer, Darren Heitner, told the outlet, “We have no comment at this time,” when told of Moss’ allegations.
Brailsford didn’t return multiple requests for comment by USA Today Sports.
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