Tom Brady has been openly supportive of Antonio Brown throughout most of the star wide receiver’s off-field issues, and apparently Brady’s feelings toward his former teammate have not changed in the past several months.
Teams that have been interested in signing Brady were given the impression that the 42-year-old wants to play with Brown again next season, according to Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. With Brady now expected to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it’s unclear if Brown will also be in the team’s plans.
As @TomPelissero and I discussed on TV, the word among teams interested in Tom Brady were among the impression that Brady wanted to bring Antonio Brown with him to a new team. Brown is still under investigation, and remains to be seen when he can play. But Brady is close with him
Brady desperately needed more offensive weapons in New England last season, so perhaps that is one of the reasons he was so determined to team up with Brown again. Now that his two top receivers will be Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, perhaps Brady won’t be as concerned about trying to help resurrect Brown’s career.
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Their seemingly positive relationship, coupled with Bruce Arians’ history coaching Brown, has led to some speculation that AB could also sign in Tampa Bay. But we’re not so convinced yet.
Last year, Arians expressed on “The Adam Schefter Podcast” how much Brown had changed. Arians was the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offensive coordinator from 2007-2011 — the latter two years when Brown was also there.
“There’s too much miscommunication, too much … diva,” Arians said of Brown. “I’ve heard so many stories — I like Antonio — he plays as hard as anybody on Sunday, and he practices hard. He’s just gotta make better decisions off the field, be on time, do some of those little things.”
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Tom Brady has shown public support for Antonio Brown on numerous occasions, whether it’s through social media activity or telling reporters he prides himself on establishing close relationships with all of his former and current teammates. To think that Brown would factor into Brady’s impending free agency decision would sound a bit farfetched, but apparently the quarterback wants to play with Brown again.
Two sources close to Brown told ESPN’s Dan Graziano and Jeremy Fowler that Brady has kept in “constant contact” with the troubled receiver and told Brown he wants to play with him in 2020. One of Brown’s attorneys said Brady has encouraged Brown to remain physically and mentally strong so the two have an opportunity to join forces again next year wherever Brady ends up.
It seems highly unlikely that Brady would make a career decision based upon what Brown does or what the NFL allows the 31-year-old to do, and it’s important to note that the information in ESPN’s report came from Brown’s camp. However, the New England Patriots almost certainly would not be interested in re-signing Brown, which is noteworthy if Brady truly is determined to play with A.B. again.
Even if Brady believes Brown’s side of the story — whatever that may be — with the sexual assault allegations, the trouble doesn’t end there for the Pro Bowler. Brown has since been charged with burglary with battery after he and his trainer, Glenn Holt, allegedly attacked a moving truck driver. Brown also streamed a live video on Instagram that showed him berating police officers in front of his children.
Brady may consider Brown a friend and want to help him, but it’s hard to imagine Brady attaching his future to a player who has has that much baggage.
Antonio Brown is still trying to get back into the NFL, or so it seems.
Brown told TMZ Sports that he’ll be attending the NFL Combine in Indianapolis later this month with the hope of explaining his recent actions to teams and getting another chance in the league after his lost season in 2019.
“I’m excited and looking forward to seeing them guys,” Brown said. “I’mma be out there ready to get things back on the right page.”
Brown will need to do a lot of convincing. He’s had multiple police standoffs, made a spectacle of himself after being released on bond following battery charges, and is under NFL investigation after multiple allegations of sexual assault. All of that means that any team that signs him probably won’t have him for a while.
Antonio Brown must have woken up in a good mood on Wednesday, because the star wide receiver suddenly feels badly about all the nasty things he has said about Ben Roethlisberger.
Brown shared a photo of him and Roethlisberger together on Instagram and issued an apology to the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback. Brown wrote that he “never realized how good I had it” and “got caught up in my emotion with everyone coming after me.”
“Mostly you a little bit of me ! Yee yee !! I never realized how good I had it, got caught up in my emotion with everyone coming after me I really apologize for my actions sincerely man ! It’s never been another connection like what we done in the past decade. I appreciate you. Sincerely AB,” Brown wrote.
Anyone who has followed Brown for the past several months knows this is a pattern for him. He flies off the handle on social media, gets himself into trouble with the law, and then apologizes. Brown’s completely unpredictable behavior is one of the main reasons he is going to have trouble finding work in the NFL again.
Antonio Brown will likely be facing a lengthy suspension when the NFL finally completes its investigation into his off-field behavior, but the star wide receiver says he has not decided if he wants to continue playing football, anyway.
Brown has gone back and forth on social media between apologizing for his antics and unloading on the NFL. He was asked in an interview on 93.7 The Fan Thursday morning if he wants to sign with a team and return to playing. Brown was non-committal.
Is @AB84 trying to get back into the NFL? His answer to us: "I don't know, man. I don't know what I want to do. I'm taking it one day at a time."
Brown was charged with burglary with battery after he and his trainer, Glenn Holt, allegedly attacked a moving truck driver last month. He was ordered by a judge to undergo a mental health evaluation. Brown was asked about his mental health on Thursday, and he said he is “pretty good” and spoke about the importance of having support.
"Mental health is really important. People need to support." – Antonio Brown
Brown also apologized for being a distraction to the Pittsburgh Steelers organization, but he made it clear that there is no love lost between him and JuJu Smith-Schuster. He claimed to have “nothing against” Smith-Schuster while also taking another shot at his former teammate.
“I have nothing against JuJu Smith-Schuster. Why would I? I am who he wants to be. I’m in a position when he’s describing to be.(He’s) running around with 500 yds and everyone thinks he’s the world. Steelers didn’t make the playoffs. That is a problem.” AB to the @FanMorningShow
Antonio Brown is perfectly fine mentally, at least according to one of his attorneys.
Lorne Berkeley, one of Brown’s two lawyers, claimed to have been informed by people familiar with the results of Brown’s mental health evaluation that the wide receiver is “perfectly mentally healthy.”
“I’ve been provided conclusory terms in the sense of he’s perfectly mentally healthy and fine,” Berkeley told USA Today’s Josh Peter. “The results are very positive.”
Berkeley defended Brown’s erratic conduct in recent months, stating that those judging him lacked the necessary context.
“At the end of the day, maybe they catch him when he’s happy or overly excited about something,” Berkeley said. “Maybe they catch him when he’s sad or upset about something. So he’s going to express himself differently.”
Antonio Brown seems to be trying to clean some things up after his latest brush with the law.
Brown issued an Instagram apology to the Hollywood Police Department on Friday, a week after being arrested after an alleged battery. He apologized to everyone he “offended or disrespected” in the department, adding that he understood they were trying to help him and that his “emotions truly did cloud my better judgment.”
Antonio Brown has not had many nice things to say about the NFL or commissioner Roger Goodell in recent months, but Goodell insists the league wants to help the star receiver.
Goodell was asked at his Super Bowl press conference about Brown and the ongoing investigation into the allegations against the free agent, and Goodell said Brown’s “well-being” is the NFL’s top priority at the moment.
“I think the first thing for all of us is to think about the well-being of Antonio (Brown).”
“We want to help get him on the right track and get him in a position where he’s in a zone and he thinks he can be successful in life,” Goodell told reporters. “We are confident that can happen. We want to work to do that. From our standpoint, that’s the first step.”
Brown forced his way out of Oakland before the season began and then spent a very brief time with the New England Patriots, who released him after a second woman accused him of sexual misconduct. Since then, Brown has gone off the rails numerous times on social media and ripped the NFL for being “racist.”
Antonio Brown was placed on house arrest last week and ordered to wear a GPS monitoring device after he was charged for his alleged role in attacking a moving truck driver, but a judge has now freed the star receiver from those restrictions.
Brown is free to travel the United States as needed and must check in with court personnel daily rather than wearing an ankle monitor, according to a report from The Associated Press. Circuit Judge Michael Usan made the ruling on Tuesday to allow Brown to fulfill his contractual obligations with ESPN and comedian Kevin Hart.
Brown’s $110,000 bond remains in place and he still has to undergo a mental health evaluation and random drug testing. The 31-year-old has also been forced to surrender his passport and is prohibited from being able to possess firearms.
Brown has been charged with burglary with battery after he and his trainer, Glenn Holt, allegedly attacked a moving truck driver last Tuesday. Holt was arrested, and a warrant was issued for Brown’s arrest on Wednesday after he refused to cooperate with police.
A moving truck driver delivered furniture to Brown’s home in Hollywood, Fla., las week, and Brown allegedly refused to pay the $4,000 he owed. The driver then began driving away with the furniture, and Brown threw rocks at the truck and caused damage. The driver says he returned after being told to by the company, as Brown had spoken with the company and agreed to pay the $4,000 plus $860 he caused in damages to the truck. Brown allegedly only paid the $4,000 when the driver came back, leading to an argument and the driver being assaulted by Brown and Holt. Brown and his associates allegedly began taking the furniture off the truck, even taking some belonging to another client and then damaging it by throwing it back on the truck after being informed it did not belong to them.
You can listen to part of the 911 call the driver placed during the incident here.