Brandon Browner, a cornerback who was an instrumental part of the New England Patriots Super Bowl XLIX victory over the Seattle Seahawks, was arrested Sunday in California for allegedly kidnapping a woman and holding her against her will.
According to a report in the Boston Globe, Browner, 33, physically harmed the woman and threatened to kill her after breaking into her home. La Verna police said they responded to a call at 10:07 a.m. on Sunday morning related to a man who broke into a home through a locked window. The woman reportedly tried to escape, but Browner forced her back into the house.
Browner was arrested in Azusa after fleeing the scene before police arrived. He allegedly stole a $20,000 Rolex watch from the home. Investigators said Browner and the woman were involved in a relationship at one time, but the woman had recently filed a restraining order against him. He was charged with kidnapping, false imprisonment, burglary and restraining order violation. Browner had reportedly previously been arrested for domestic battery and child endangerment in 2018 and possession of cocaine in 2017.
A Los Angeles native, Browner starred at Oregon State before signing with the Denver Broncos as an unrestricted free agent in 2005. He won two Super Bowls during his 11-year NFL career and was elected to the Pro Bowl in 2011. Browner played for the Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints from 2005 to 2016. He also played for the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League.