Antonio Brown swears by Buccaneers’ loyalty and says he’s never had a mental health diagnosis
Antonio Brown isn’t ready to give up his fight with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers weeks after he was fired by the team after being eliminated in the middle of a game against the Jets. Brown and the Buccaneers each have their own side of the story, with Brown saying he won’t be able to play due to an ongoing ankle injury, while Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said Brown was upset with his lack of goals at halftime.
Brown spoke up The NFL today analyst and CBS The Morning Host Nate Burleson on his troubles with the Buccaneers just a day after he claimed the Buccaneers had offered him $200,000 to retire from football and commit himself to a psychiatric facility on HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.”
“The organization has no loyalty,” Brown told Burleson. “These guys played me while I was being hurt intentionally and they needed me because their guys were getting hurt.”
Brown told CBS News he was considering legal action against the Buccaneers, but mental health issues were the main concern after he left the Week 17 game against the New York Jets by taking off his shoulder pads and jersey and leaving the field shirtless had left .
“I’ve never had a mental health diagnosis. I never had a problem or problem,” Brown said. “I don’t take pills. I just have a high IQ. I’ve been trying to get therapy in the NFL, but I don’t have time to consult with people I don’t know about my mental space or my looks on stuff.
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“Most people come from different shapes of the world. For example, I come from the pit. Most of the people we speak to are from the palace.
Based on his game on the field, Brown has had a career in the Hall of Fame. He is the only player in NFL history with six straight seasons with 100 catches and the only player to have six straight seasons with 100 catches and 1,000 receiving yards (Marvin Harrison is closest with four straights). Brown has 928 catches for 12,291 yards and 83 touchdowns — seven Pro Bowls and four All-Pro honors.
Brown had 42 catches for 545 yards and four touchdowns in just seven games in 2021 (with three 100-yard games), proving he’s been productive at actual play. The off-field troubles surrounding Brown have hurt his NFL career, but he doesn’t take responsibility for what happened to the Buccaneers that led to his release.
“I’ve always done what’s best for me,” Brown said. “I mean, that’s it.”