Antonio Brown’s former step-father shared that the New England Patriots receiver is “very abusive” toward women, stating he’s not surprised that he’s now being confronted with rape allegations.
“I can’t tell you that he did what they said he did,” Larry Moss Jr., 50, 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 continued. “He’s just empowered that way. So it doesn’t surprise me that this kind of allegation came out about him.”
Moss says he hasn’t spoken to Brown since 2005 and admitted the two had a trying relationship in his teenage years.
New York Posts shared he helped raise Brown in Miami-Dade County, 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 recently accused in a lawsuit filed 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 told him Brown had physically abused her.
“She told me that he done jumped on her before,” Moss said. “He done choked her. They done had run-ins.”
However, Desmond Brown, Antonio’s younger brother, described their childhood as chaotic. 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 the publication in a text message. “Now they’re divorced and we try to rekindle the relationship with our mom but it’s hard.”
Moss, who previously served time for aggravated battery and criminal trespass in the ’90s, denied Desmond’s allegations, saying he and Adrianne only had one physical fight in their entire 20-year marriage.
He also admitted to ever having to get physical with Antonio one time 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.”
New York Post reached out to Antonio’s lawyer, Darren Heitner, he told the outlet, “We have no comment at this time,” when told of Moss’ allegations.
Brailsford also didn’t return multiple requests for comment by USA Today Sports.