The drama surrounding Antonio Brown’s exit from the Buccaneers doesn’t seem to be letting up anytime soon. Tom Brady’s former teammate continues to share his side of the events that led to his unusual and shockingly sudden departure from the football field Sunday – and ultimately the team.
Now, Antonio Brown continues to speak out, providing his side of the events and what led up to his confusing behavior during last weekend’s Sunday Night Football matchup between the Buccaneers and the Jets.
During a discussion on Tapped In Daily, Antonio Brown reiterated his earlier statements that he has no regrets about his chaotic exit from the field last weekend – nor does he regret that this performance led to his ultimate release as a Buccaneer.
In fact, Brown notes, he thinks of himself as an “American Hero” in light of everything that has happened over the last few days.
“I know America loves its bad guys,” Antionio Brown explains, noting that he is actually anything but.
“But I’m a great guy,” the football player says in the interview, per the New York Post. “I just won a Super Bowl. I’m an American hero.”
Brown goes on to note the multiple trials and tribulations he has faced on and off the field recently. These, Brown says, are examples of his tenacious spirit and the drive he puts into his game.
“I persevered through numerous adversity,” says Brown.
Antonio Brown Says His Perserverance Show’s Who He Truly Is
The football star goes on to say he pushed through a variety of injuries “got 100 yards on half an ankle, a deltoid, a torn ligament, bone fractures in my ankle. No one’s talking about the great things that I’ve been able to persevere through and do.”
But, Brown notes, these accomplishments are going unnoticed after last weekend’s events.
“I don’t live in my fears,” Antonio Brown says in the interview.
“I don’t live in the what-ifs,” the footballer continues.
“All I have is this present moment right here,” Brown adds.
“How I’ve been handled, how I continue to be handled, how I continue to be slandered, how I continue to be made upon as a bad guy,” he says.
Antonio Brown also touched on the suggestions that he may be suffering from CTE, Chronic traumatic encephalopathy. CTE is a brain condition attributed to repeated blows to the head and multiple occurrences of concussions. This serious condition is common among football players.
“The mental health thing that is being tossed around is another thing that is not to play with,” Antonio Brown explains.
“People want to make it seem like I’m crazy because I’m running and hopping around in the stadium with my shirt off, getting the crowd hyped,” he says.
“Life is all about opportunity,” Brown adds. “I’m Antonio Brown, a good citizen. A great person, a great father, and a great football player. That’s it.”