TAMPA, Fla. — Former Buccaneers vast receiver Antonio Brown mentioned his current sideline outburst in opposition to the New York Jets that resulted in his dismissal from the Buccaneers, and former incidents he has been concerned in, have been miscategorized as “psychological well being points.”
In a preview of an episode of “I Am Athlete” that shall be posted in full on Jan. 24, Brown tells former NFL vast receiver Brandon Marshall that he is not affected by psychological well being points.
“Everybody on the earth obtained a special type of reactions of what occurred to me. And it is all based mostly upon the place you from, how you’re feeling, and nobody actually gonna know that no matter who you is,” Brown mentioned. “The factor with soccer gamers, psychological well being and CTE is that this: These guys are prepared to do no matter it take to make some obligated achieve. However within the midst of these positive factors, alongside that journey, they’re being mistreated, there’s plenty of stuff that went on that won’t have been dealt with proper.
“And then you definitely began your profession on a excessive. It is like a curler coaster. You go up, after which as quickly because it ’bout to go down, everybody depart. … If all of us gamers and all of us saying we care about psychological well being, why each time one thing occurs unhealthy or somebody reacts, ‘Aw, he is loopy, there’s one thing incorrect along with his psychological well being,'” Brown requested. “There’s nothing incorrect with my psychological well being. Somebody advised me, ‘Get the f— out of right here.’ I am not passive-aggressive.”
Brown and his legal professional Sean Burstyn have claimed that the Bucs tried to mislabel his outburst as a psychological well being subject and wished Brown to obtain counseling. Brown claims his ankle was too injured to play on, and that Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians advised him to go away the sector.
Since his launch by the Buccaneers earlier this month, Brown has shifted his focus to his music profession and rehabbing his ankle, which would require surgical procedure. He indicated he does wish to proceed enjoying soccer subsequent yr. He launched a music single, “Pit Not the Palace.” He appeared courtside for a Brooklyn Nets-Memphis Grizzlies recreation two weeks in the past. He has taken half in picture shoots and has linked up with buddies Kanye West, Floyd Mayweather and Madonna.
Previously, although, he has acknowledged searching for psychological well being remedy. His father, Eddie Brown, told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler that Brown was present process remedy after his launch by the New England Patriots in 2019, which coincided with two sexual assault allegations.
Brown has additionally indicated that he helps psychological well being remedy. In an interview with ESPN in February 2020, Brown was requested whether or not he wanted psychological well being assist, to which he responded, “All of us want psychological assist.”
At the moment, the circumstances of Brown’s life had been totally different. He’d been arrested and charged with felony housebreaking and battery fees. The mom of three of his youngsters, Chelsie Kyriss, posted on Instagram on the time that she and their youngsters had been targeted on constructing a brand new life “free from any impulsive, reckless and unhealthy” behaviors. She added that her hope is Brown “will get assist and search the psychological well being remedy that he so desperately wants in order that he might be the daddy all of his youngsters want and deserve.”
He and Kyriss reached reconciliation, and he or she and their youngsters had been readily available when Brown and the Bucs defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in Tremendous Bowl LV. Brown additionally underwent anger administration counseling, and his probation was terminated one yr early for good conduct. On quite a few events earlier than his departure from the Bucs, each normal supervisor Jason Licht and Arians described him as a “mannequin citizen.”
Arians mentioned of Brown’s departure, “Yeah, it was very exhausting. I want him properly. I hope, if he wants assist, [that he] will get some. It’s totally exhausting as a result of I do care about him.”