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.
The wide receiver appears to be trying to mend some fences with those he fell out with. Maybe he can keep that attitude in place through the Combine, but there’s no guarantee it works out for him.
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.”
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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
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“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.
We don’t know where this is coming from, but history tells us it won’t last. Brown has unloaded on Roethlisberger multiple times since the receiver left Pittsburgh, most recently two months ago when he called Big Ben a “loser.” He has also called attention to the sexual assault allegations against Roethlisberger from years ago. Brown has also blasted Big Ben for getting special treatment among other things.
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."
— The Fan Morning Show (@FanMorningShow) February 6, 2020
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
— RADIO.COM Sports (@RDCSports) February 6, 2020
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
— Mark Kaboly (@MarkKaboly) February 6, 2020
The NFL is still investigating Brown over numerous incidents, the most notable of which are sexual misconduct allegations from two different women. Brown was released by the New England Patriots after he sent text messages to the second woman. In the time since, he has posted a video on Instagram live that showed him berating police officers and cursing in front of his children. He also had the arrest from the moving truck driver incident, so the NFL’s investigation is getting wider by the day.
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.”
Whatever Brown’s mental evaluation shows, he’s in serious trouble. He seems to be beginning to realize that his recent conduct is unacceptable, and when you see some of the things he’s done in recent months, there is no excuse for that kind of behavior.
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.”
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To everyone who I may have offended or Disrespected at the @hollywoodflpd Of the state of Florida, I would like to sincerely give you all my apology from the top and bottom of my heart, And as a human being and an professional athlete ￼I can honestly say that my emotions truly did cloud my better Judgment, When you all were only there to help me. Thanks to you all who sincerely accept my Sincere apology￼. And we must all know that God is a Forgiving God. P.S The “PAL”Youth League, I’m looking to working with you all again in the near future.
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In addition to his recent arrest, Brown has had plenty of other issues with the department. On one occasion, he posted a video of himself having a vulgar altercation with police in front of his children. Things got bad enough that the department returned a donation Brown made to their youth flag football league.
This letter won’t do much to get rid of Brown’s legal issues. Right now, his focus should be on making sure he’s okay mentally.
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).”
Roger Goodell addresses the NFL’s current standing with WR Antonio Brown. pic.twitter.com/S7n8s3PYdn
— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) January 29, 2020
“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.”
More recently, Brown was charged with burglary with battery after he and his trainer allegedly attacked a moving truck driver.
Brown’s talent is undeniable, and it was not that long ago that several teams were said to have interest in signing him. Until he can prove the outbursts and erratic behavior are a thing of the past, he’s going to have a lot of trouble finding work in the NFL.
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.