Antonio Brown has been all over the place lately. After walking off the field in the middle of a game, he was let go by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brown blamed the meltdown on a leg injury that the team refused to properly treat. AB has now shared even more details about what the Bucs expected from him.
Brown appeared with his attorney, Sean Burstyn, on Real Sports on HBO. Bryant Gumble asked the pair what they thought of rumors that Antonio was mentally unwell. Brown responded by saying the team tried to have him sent away to a mental facility in exchange for some hush money.
“Yeah, these guys at the Tampa Bay Bucs tried to make an agreement with me to give me $200,000 to go to the crazy house so these guys can look like they know what they’re talking about. These guys aren’t professional. They treated me wrong.”
Sean Burstyn attempted to clarify Brown’s statement. The attorney said the Bucs wanted AB to undergo mental health treatment while being inactive for games and still travelling with the team. That, he noted, was a step too far.
“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. We were specifically told in writing by the general manager twice, ‘Don’t spin this any other way.’”
Antonio Brown’s excuses for his behavior have been questionable at best. The wideout has shown no signs of injury while taking in the adulation of fans in Los Angeles or partying the night away at an NYC club. We’ll see if this latest attempt to rehab Brown’s image works or not.