Antonio Brown Says He Plans to Play Again: ‘It’s Just Getting Started’

by Samantha Whidden

Following his official exit from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown says he is planning to play football again.

And even though the behavior he exhibited on the field recently isn’t what coaches typically reward, many around the league believe he’s talented enough to earn a roster spot. Good news for Brown, considering his mindset moving forward.

“It’s my passion. It’s what I do. Every year is a fresh start. I still like getting in shape. I still like to compete. It’s just getting started. Obviously, we had some stuff that went on. It’s all about integrity and handling people the right way,” he said on the Full Send Podcast.

According to Fox News, Antonio Brown revealed more details about his eye-catching mid-game departure during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers versus New York Jets game on Sunday (January 2nd). He stated that fellow Buccaneers players Mike Evans and O.J. Howard were trying to keep him on the sideline while he was removing his uniform. “I got too sexy for that stadium. The coach [Bruce Arians] said get the f— outta here. So, f—you guys too. I’m taking off your logo. I’m not wearing this s— no more.”

Antonio Brown then said that he heard the thousands of fans yelling “yeah AB!” And that made his adrenaline so high. “I just got too sexy for my clothes. I start giving the fans what they wanted. They want gloves, they want shirts.”

When asked if he should have handled the meltdown differently, the wide receiver declared, “Bro, I’m Antonio Brown. Do you know what it’s like to be on the football field? Imagine you playing a game. Imagine you guys came to battle while they know your tricking ankle is f—ed.”

Antonio Brown previously issued a statement about how he decided to sit down during the game after his injured ankle started to bother him. He claimed that the Buccaneer officials, including Coach Arians, knew about the injury. He was allegedly told by Coach Arians when he sat down that he was done. This is why he got up and walked out during the game. He also shared text messages between him and Arians about the injury.

Antonio Brown Questions Friendship With Former Teammate Tom Brady 

Also during his visit on the Full Send Podcast on Friday (January 7th), Antonio Brown stated that he questions his friendship with former Tampa Bays Buccaneers teammate, Tom Brady.

“To me, a friend is someone who’s got your back,” Antonio Brown stated. “Not everybody in sports is going to be your friend. Tom Brady’s my friend, why? Because I’m a good football player. He needs me to play football. People have different meanings of what friendship is.”

Antonio Brown then again spoke about his friendship with Brady during his Tapped in Daily interview. “The game is football, but our business is winning. Me and Tom Brady have something in common with winners. We like winning. We like to compete.”

Antonio Brown’s comments come nearly one week after Brady spoke about the wide receiver’s actions on the field. “I think we all want him to [find help] in ways that he really needs it. We all love him and care about him deeply. I think everyone should be compassionate and empathetic toward some very difficult things that are happening.”