Antonio Brown Opens as Betting Underdog in Hypothetical Boxing Bout With Jake Paul

by Chase Thomas

It has been quite the week for former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wideout Antonio Brown. Brown, of course, walked out of the game between the Bucs vs. Jets on Sunday afternoon in New Jersey. It was an unforgettable moment in sports, to say the least, but immediately after Brown exited the field in dramatic fashion and the announcement by the team that he was no longer a Buc, speculation immediately began regarding what he will get into next. Well, one of those theorized options for Antonio Brown was a boxing match. Specifically a boxing match with Jake Paul, perhaps.

Well, Antonio Brown opened as a betting underdog in the hypothetical bout with Paul. Remember, Paul is gaining all sorts of exposure and fame with these kinds of boxing bouts against other celebrities or former MMA stars. Brown, similar to Deron Williams and Frank Gore, is still in fantastic shape and a transition to a big-money fight against Paul makes sense.

However, it looks like bettors don’t expect Brown to succeed in a theoretical bout against Paul. A sports gambling website already released betting odds for a match that has not even been booked, Outsiders. The undefeated Paul would be a -260 favorite if the big-time fight were to go down.

Tom Brady on Antonio Brown

Brown, who won a Super Bowl with the Bucs and Tom Brady last year, is a devastating loss for Tampa Bay in 2021. The team already lost star wideout Chris Godwin for the season. Now, more pressure will be placed on the shoulders of Tom Brady and wideout Mike Evans to get the Bucs back to the Super Bowl once again. With the NFC as deep as it is this year, it is going to be difficult for the team to make it through the gauntlet without the star wideout from Central Michigan.

Naturally, folks wanted to hear from Tom Brady about Antonio Brown. About the incident that led to all of this versus the Jets on Sunday. On his podcast this week Brady said, “I didn’t understand what was happening until after the game. I didn’t understand what transpired. I saw after the game that Mike (Evans) was trying to talk to Antonio and so was O.J. (Howard) and I know Bruce (Arians) was also.”

Brady continued, “It was just a very difficult situation for everybody involved. I’ve known Antonio for a couple of years now, pretty closely. We’ve obviously been teammates and I would just say I love him, I care about him and I have a lot of compassion and I have a lot of empathy for the things that are happening in his life.”

It clearly hurts Brady to see this all go down the way it did. Only time will tell what Antonio Brown’s next move is.