Antonio Brown: ‘There’s Nothing Wrong With My Mental Health’
In SummaryThe embattled ex-NFL wide receiver looks back on his sideline outburst with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but doesn’t attribute his tirade with mental illness.
Antonio Brown is no longer in the NFL. He no longer plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
He no longer has the opportunity to showcase his physical talents, but he wants to explain it’s not because of any mental issues.
In an interview with Brandon Marshall and others in an upcoming episode of “I Am Athlete,” Brown explained his sideline tirade when he took off his jersey, gloves and shoulder pads then tossed them into the stands.
He paraded across the endzone in the middle of a play and pumped up the fans hysterically before exiting MetLife Stadium on Jan. 2.
It was a catastrophic meltdown in the near loss to the New York Jets.
“Everyone in the world got a different form of reactions of what happened to me,” Brown said in the clip. “And it’s all based upon where you from, how you feel, and no one really gonna know that regardless of who you is. The thing with football players, mental health and CTE is this: These guys are willing to do whatever it take to make some obligated gain. But there in the midst of those gains, along that journey, they’re being mistreated, it’s a lot of stuff that went on that may not have been handled right.”
Brown continued: “And then you started your career on a high. It’s like a roller coaster. You go up, and then as soon as it bout to go down, everyone leave … If we all players and we all saying we care about mental health, why every time something happens bad or how someone reacts, ‘Aw, he’s crazy, there’s something wrong with his mental health.’ There’s nothing wrong with my mental health.”
According to Ian Rapoport, head coach Bruce Arians and the offensive coaches told the seven-time Pro Bowler to go into the game. However, Brown, who had been dealing with an ankle injury, refused because he did not believe he was healthy enough to play. Arians and the offensive coaches then threw him out of the sidelines and cut ties with him.
Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady befriended Brown, dating back to Browns’ one-game stint in New England in 2019, the same year Brown was accused of raping and sexually assaulting his female trainer in a September lawsuit.
In January 2020, an independent arbitrator ruled Brown must pay $100,000 to the victim for violating a confidentiality agreement signed during settlement.
Brown signed with the Buccaneers in October of 2019. Tampa Bay won the Super Bowl in February 2021.