After Antonio Brown ran off the field shirtless in a Jan. 2nd game and subsequently got released by the Tampa Bay Bucs later that week, he has been on a media frenzy to get his story out there about what happened that made him react that way.
The latest step in that is Brown appearing on an episode of HBO’s Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel that will premiere tonight.
The most interesting part of that clip is Brown saying the Bucs offered him $200,000 “to go to the crazy house.”
ANTONIO BROWN: Yeah, these guys at Tampa Bay Bucs tried to make an agreement with me to give me $200,000 to go to the crazy house so these guys could look like they know what they’re talking about.
BRYANT GUMBEL: They offered you $200,000 for what?
SEAN BURSTYN: The off– the offer was Antonio would basically sit on the sidelines, go on some list– and commit himself to some form of intensive mental health treatment. And we were specifically told, in writing, by the general manager, twice, “Don’t spin this any other way.”
Not featured in the clip is Brown calling Arians’ comments a “flat-out lie,” and his lawyer stating they have evidence refuting Arians’ comments, and discussion of a possible lawsuit.
BRYANT GUMBEL: Are you suggesting–that a defamation lawsuit is– is possible?
SEAN BURSTYN: Defamation comes to mind.
BRYANT GUMBEL: Your figures, give me a number.
ANTONIO BROWN: A whole lotta money. A whole lot. It’s– it’s totally disrespect, man. You know, it’s– mental health is an important key in the world, so to drag people along and play on people’s mental health, you know, it’s– it’s unfair and unfortunate.
AB claimed that Arians was making him play through injury and when he refused, Arians told him to ‘get the f**k out.’ Arians comfirmed he told AB to leave, but only did so because he complained about lack of targets.