Antonio Brown has been on tour lately.
Since his exit from the Buccaneers during Week 17, Brown has been rolling from New York to Miami to Los Angeles with the world’s biggest celebrities.
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The former Tampa Bay star left the team in the middle of the third quarter as they trailed the New York Jets by double digits.
Kanye West x Antonio Brown pic.twitter.com/UObIGzVto6
— Hot Freestyle (@HotFreestyle) January 11, 2022
However, Brown did not leave without drama. He took off his pads and gear emphatically, hurling them into the crowd as he disrobed. After a colossal back-and-forth with the Buccaneers brass, the team finally cut him after purported private text messages between him and head coach Bruce Arians were released.
As the world dissected the status of Brown’s mental state and wondered if he was experiencing the early symptoms of CTE, Brown took to the podcast scene to clarify his intentions.
We All Need Kumbaya
After revealing his theory of kumbaya or happiness during the “Full Send” podcast, Brown put to rest the mental health issues but did admit that he needs to be checked at his time by his friends.
However, as the sports world stayed on the narrative of Antonio Brown as a toxic personality that can distract the locker room, he was ultimately embraced by his celebrity friends.
From hanging out in recording studios with Kanye West to chilling with Fivio Foreign in the club, Brown has seemed ever so normal with his other friends.
No Friends In The Industry
It goes back to Brown saying that the NFL is just a job, and those friends are more sports industry-based and not personal. Brown has claimed that although he and Tom Brady are friends, he did not treat him with the same love as Rob Gronkowski when it came to team negotiations.
Brown has released a new song, made an NFT from the meltdown, and been the source of much tabloid fodder in the interim. The whole time, he has been with the likes of Madonna, Floyd Mayweather Jr., and more while awaiting his NFL fate.
It begs the question, why aren’t league players riding for AB?
Kanye chillin’ with Julia Fox, Madonna, Floyd Mayweather and Antonio Brown 👀 pic.twitter.com/hHghe4IpdB
— XXL Magazine (@XXL) January 13, 2022
Are You Not Entertained?
He informed the Buccaneers of his injury before the Jets game, if he is to be believed. As an aggrieved injured player, any player can understand when their health is being sideswiped for the team’s good.
However, no players came to his defense, probably because of Brown’s sordid escapades in his personal life. Brown presents toxically for active players, but not to pop culture who see Brown as either more strange entertainment or yet another example of the failures of the NFL system.
One thing is for sure, AB is feeling the love outside of the football green.
Antonio Brown sets the record straight on Tom Brady. 👀 pic.twitter.com/KX6Gaezco0
— theScore (@theScore) January 15, 2022
Back To The Streets
Most recently, Brown caused a scene outside of the Lakers game at Crypto.com Arena on Monday. The wide receiver was surrounded by fans seeking autographs and pics with the NFL player.
Minutes after LeBron James beat the Utah Jazz, Brown left his courtside seats, jumping on a railing to receive love from fans chanting his name.
Antonio Brown commented on his exit from the Bucs game on Jan. 2. pic.twitter.com/LhO0ibmEHL
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 12, 2022
Although the game and his NFL colleagues might have given up on Brown, the streets and the pop culture suites have not. Until then, the AB show will continue with or without the love of the game.
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