What I’m Hearing: USA TODAY Sports’ Nancy Armour provides the latest news on Antonio Browns playing status moving forward,.
USA TODAYSix weeks before Antonio Brown allegedly raped his former trainer in 2018, the New England Patriots wide receiver was trying to gain sole custody of three of his children and have their mother, Chelsie Kyriss, removed from his Florida home.On April 6, 2018, Brown sought a court order in Broward County to have Kyriss, his longtime girlfriend, forced out of the home where she and Brown lived with their three children and to have her prohibited from entering any of Brown’s residences without written permission.“The romantic relationship has ended,’’ Brown’s court petition stated and also alleged that Kyriss was “causing chaos in the home.’’Brown, who is in his 10th NFL season, has five children by three women. In addition to the three children with Kyriss, Brown has an older daughter with Wiltrice Jackson and an older son with Shameika Brailsford.Last week, Britney Taylor filed a civil lawsuit alleging that Brown raped her on May 20, 2018, at the same Florida home Brown was trying to keep Kyriss from living. Taylor was working with Brown as a trainer.In the April 2018 court filing, Brown alleged that Kyriss had threatened to call the police and make false reports about Brown.’JUST A PROBLEM KID’: Antonio Brown’s troubled past shines light on current situationHISTORY: A timeline of Antonio Brown’s lawsuits and legal problems“Such an occurrence would be fatal to the father’s career, which is the sole source of income that provides support to meet the children’s needs,’’ the court filing stated.In another instance, Brown said, Kyriss had locked herself in their bedroom with their youngest child, then eight months old, after which Brown called for “building security.’’ “The mother unnecessarily escalated this event to a level that required professional security intervention,’’ Brown’s petition read, while also stating he wanted to block Kyriss from using his financial assets.Brown’s attorney, Darren Heitner, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Heitner has previously denied allegations made in the lawsuit filed by Taylor.Attempts to contact Kyriss through attorney Ira Elegant, who represented her in the case, and through phone numbers listed in Kyriss’ name were unsuccessful. Elegant said he withdrew from the case in November 2017 because he could no longer reach Kyriss.“She was terrified of this guy,’’ Elegant told USA TODAY Sports.Kryiss, 30, has two other children from a previous relationship. The children’s father, Joshua Greene, declined to comment through an attorney. The legal matter between Brown, 31, and Kyriss began in April 2017 when Kyriss filed a paternity suit against Brown with the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Court in Broward County. At the time, Kyriss was about five months pregnant with the couple’s third child, according to court records.During the early stages of Kyriss’ pregnancy, Brown started dating Instagram celebrity Jena Frumes. The same month Kyriss filed the paternity suit, Frumes announced on social media that Brown had broken up with Frumes.Frumes recently declined to speak with USA TODAY Sports, saying, “I’m not going to talk to you guys about my ex-boyfriend.’’Three months after Frumes announced the breakup, Kyriss sought a court order for financial assistance from Brown. About eight months pregnant at the time, Kyriss alleged that Brown had threatened to throw her out of the Florida house where they and their children lived, according to court documents.Brown was “was causing intemperance in the home including but not limited to yelling and screaming at (Kyriss) in front of the children and demanding that she leave the premises, knowing that she had nowhere to go and has no money with which to secure accommodations,’’ according to the court filing dated July 13, 2017. “(Kyriss) has been and continues to be completely dependent on (Brown) for any and all financial support.“As the court might suspect, having two young children and being eight months pregnant results in (Kyriss) being completely unable to maintain any type of employment.’’The lawsuit was dismissed without prejudice in November 2017 after Kyriss and Brown missed a scheduled case-management conference. Court records show Brown has accepted he is the biological father of all three of the couple’s children, all sons.Autonomy Brown was born in 2014; Ali Brown was born in 2015, and Apollo Brown was born in 2017.But in April 2018, Brown sought to have the case reopened and filed a petition in which he alleged that Kyriss was an unfit mother.Brown said Kyriss once left the three young children in the care of an 80-year-old nanny and did not return home until sometime between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. and “was noticeably disturbed and disheveled,’’ according to the petition.“The nanny was distraught and concerned for the children’s well-being,’’ according to the petition, which also alleged that upon Kyriss’ return, she began yelling at Brown in front of the nanny and the children and threatening to make false police reports.“Given the mother’s actions and the dissolution of the parties’ romantic relationship, it is the father’s position that it is no longer in the best interest of the children for the parties to remain cohabiting in the same residence,’’ the petition reads.AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext Slide