Antonio Brown is once again apologizing and expressing remorse for a series of things that he’s done on and off the field in the past year.
In a wide-ranging interview with ESPN’s Josina Anderson, the star wide receiver faulted himself for many of the issues that have kept him out of the NFL since September.
“I think I owe the whole NFL an apology and my past behavior,” Brown told Anderson. “I think I could have done a lot of things better.”
He also thought the media painted him in a negative light.
“I feel like I never really got in a conflict with no woman,” Antonio Brown told Anderson. “I just feel like I’m a target so, anybody can come against me and say anything [that] I have to face. There’s no support, there’s no egos, there’s no rules in it, anyone can come after me for anything. No proof or whatever. ‘He said, she’s saying.’
“The media will run with it, so even if I’m not guilty, I already guilty because they already wrote it, put it on TV and put that in people minds. So for me to have to sit here and hear those the allegations of me is just unfair to me every time.”
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell stated during Super Bowl media week that the NFL will do everything to get Brown the help he needs.
“I was pleased to hear that after 140 days that there was some positivity about me because as of late I’ve just been the cancer of the NFL,” Brown said, referencing Goodell’s comments at his state-of-the-league address Wednesday. “The problem child, the guy who gets in trouble, the kind of guy who has the bad narrative about him.”
Brown was asked if he believed Goodell, to which he responded: “I’ll believe it when we see it.”
Asked whether he needs mental health help, Brown added: “We all need mental help.”
He also was asked whether he thinks he might be suffering from CTE.
“Nah. If I had CTE I wouldn’t be able to have this beautiful gym, I wouldn’t be able to be creative,” said Antonio Brown. “I wouldn’t be able to communicate. He didn’t hit me that hard. You know, I got up and walked off the field. We won the game. I was all right. You play the game long enough, everyone get hit hard.”
Antonio Brown was referring to the vicious hit from Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict in February 2016 that knocked him out of a playoff game and seemed to turn him into the person he is today.