The incident unfolded Monday around 1:30 p.m. EST when Brown and an unidentified female «were involved in a verbal altercation at a home in South Tampa,» according to a Tampa police statement.
«At some point later, the argument turned physical, after the suspect threw a shoe at the victim,» the statement continued. «The suspect also attempted to evict the victim from her residence and locked her out of the home.»
Brown is wanted for alleged assault and police have a warrant for his arrest, authorities said.
A representative for Brown could not immediately be reached for comment Thursday.
The wide receiver was last on an NFL field on Jan. 2 when he removed his Tampa Bay Buccaneers jersey and pads during a game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
The topless player gestured to the fans as he left the field and possibly his NFL career. No team has signed the 34-year-old mercurial so far this year.
If nobody signs Brown, his career will end with 928 receptions, good for 12,291 yards and 83 touchdowns.
His best seasons were in a Pittsburgh Steelers uniform (2010-18) when he led the NFL in TD receptions (15) in 2018 and in receiving yards in 2014 (1,698) and 2017 (1,533).
He was once accused of sexual assault in a lawsuit filed by his former trainer. Brown denied the allegation, and the civil complaint was later settled.
christian santana Y Diana Dasrath contributed.