Ex-Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Antonio Brown says ‘there’s nothing wrong with my mental health’ following sideline blast


TAMPA, Fla. — Former Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown says his recent outburst against the New York Jets resulted in his dismissal from the Buccaneers, and previous incidents he was involved in were misclassified as mental health issues.

In a preview of an episode of “I Am Athlete”, which will be released in full on January 24, Brown tells former NFL wide receiver Brandon Marshall that he does not suffer from mental health issues.

“Everyone in the world had a different kind of reaction to what happened to me. And it all depends on where you’re from, how you feel and no one will really know, no matter who you are,” Brown said. “The problem with football players is sanity and the CTE is this: these guys are willing to do whatever it takes to make the mandatory wins. But in the midst of those wins, throughout of this journey they are abused, there are a lot of things that have happened that may not have been handled properly.

“And then you started your career with a bang. It’s like a roller coaster. You go up and then as soon as it’s about to go down, everybody leaves. … If all of us players and we all say that we care about sanity, why every time something goes wrong or someone reacts, ‘Oh he’s crazy, there’s something wrong with his sanity,'” Brown asked. . “There’s nothing wrong with my sanity. Someone said to me, ‘Get the f— out of here.’ I’m not passive-aggressive.”

Brown and his attorney Sean Burstyn claimed the Bucs tried to mislabel his outburst as a mental health issue and wanted Brown to receive counseling, while Brown claimed his ankle was too injured to play and the Arians had him told to leave the field.

Since his release by the Buccaneers earlier this month, Brown has focused on his music career and rehabilitating his ankle, which will require surgery. He has indicated that he wants to continue playing football next year. He released a musical single, “Pit Not the Palace”. He appeared on the field for a Brooklyn Nets-Memphis Grizzlies game two weeks ago. He took part in photo shoots and bonded with friends Kanye West, Floyd Mayweather and Madonna.

In the past, however, he has admitted to seeking mental health treatment. His father Eddie Brown told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler that Brown was undergoing therapy after his release by the New England Patriots in 2019, which coincided with two sexual assault allegations.

Brown has also indicated that he supports mental health treatment. In an interview with ESPN in February 2020, Brown was asked if he needed mental health help, to which he replied, “We all need mental help.”

At this time, the circumstances of Brown’s life were different. He had been arrested and charged with burglary and assault. The mother of three of his children, Chelsie Kyriss, posted on Instagram at the time that she and their children were focused on building a new life “free from impulsive, reckless and unhealthy behavior”. She added: “I hope Anonymous [sic] will get help and seek the mental health treatment he desperately needs so he can be the father all of his children need and deserve.”

He and Kyriss reached reconciliation and she and their children were on hand when Brown and the Bucs defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV. Brown had also taken anger management counseling and had his probation terminated a year earlier for good behavior. On numerous occasions prior to his departure from the Bucs, general manager Jason Licht and head coach Bruce Arians described him as a “model citizen”.

Arians said of his departure: “Yeah, it was very hard. I wish him luck. Hopefully if he needs any help, [that he] gets some. It’s very hard because I care about him.”


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