Something rather strange happened during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers-New York Jets match, where Antonio Brown took off his shirt and shoulder pads in the third quarter and threw the peace sign on his way to the locker room.
Now I know you’re saying this is Antonio Brown, and weird seems to be part of the package with him for the past few years. But even this outburst of emotion was strange to him, at least in public. Brown is always described as a guy who loves football, despite his numerous attempts to torpedo his own career.
I do not absolve him of any guilt because we know that he has drawn all the negative attention to himself. In the last few years. Brown has been accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women (resolved a civil lawsuit accusing him of forced rape in April), and it was captured on video verbally assaulting the mother of her children (in front of the children), while encouraging the police to “Beat her ass, beat her! Beat it! ” in 2020.
Whenever there is a new story in Brown’s headlines, it feels like a guy who is screaming for some kind of help, not to mention the help that those who have been harmed by him probably need. More recently, the fake covid vaccination cards only came to light because he didn’t pay someone who worked for him at his home. And that wasn’t the first time we’ve heard that kind of Brown story.
Most of his indiscretions have been off the soccer field, which is what makes this one so different. In sports, and especially on a professional level, the last thing anyone wants to be known as is a surrender, although we all know that being labeled a rapist and abuser are things that athletes can easily survive given enough talent. You just don’t see players leaving in the middle of a match, especially when they play for a team that won one league the previous season and may be able to win another.
This will undoubtedly be a story worth following as more information will come out in the coming days. We don’t know if this was goodbye forever or if Brown’s frustration got the better of him at the time. I know Antonio needs some kind of help off the pitch, as well as those in his orbit. Five years ago, Brown had such a promising career ahead of him, and now we rarely talk only about his play on the pitch.