Antonio Brown is once again back in the news, but this time addressing the state of his mental health. Appearing on the I AM ATHLETE show with Brandon Marshall, Brown dismissed any talk that there is something wrong with him mentally.
“Why every time something happens bad, or how someone reacts, ‘Aw, he’s crazy, there’s something wrong with his mental health,’” Brown said. “There’s nothing wrong with my mental health. Someone told me to get the f–k out of here. I’m not passive-aggressive.”
“Imagine the guys you came to battle with while you know your ankle is f—-d … You barely can run. And the guy that you think got your back… They knew about my situation before we even came. I communicated with the coaches, the trainers — everyone knows… And the guy tells you because you can’t go to war with them, ‘Get the f–k out of here,’” Brown explained. “… At that point it’s like f–k you too bro, professionally.”
Brown’s tenure with the Bucs ended after Bruce Arians admittedly told him he was off the team and to get the ‘f outta here.’ Brown responded by taking off his pads, shirt and threw his gloves into the stands during the third quarter of a 28-24 win over the New York Jets on Jan. 2.
Brown felt he was too injured to go back in when head coach Bruce Arians asked him to due to an ankle issue that did keep him out of practice for two days earlier in the week.
Arians told reporters he “didn’t know why” Brown refused to go in when asked.
Days later, AB would post a series of text messages purportedly between himself and Arians prior to the Jets game about his ankle injury:
Brown became a free agent after clearing waivers. The seven-time Pro Bowler had 545 receiving yards and four touchdowns in seven games this season.