Antonio Brown Received No Love From The Game | The Pop Culture Streets Got His Back

Image Credit: Getty Images

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.

The AB Show

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.

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.

“$62,215 Made In 3 Days Just Saying” | The Antonio Brown Effect Is Real As Influencers And Celebs Are All Boomin’

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?

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.

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.

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.


More news from our partners:

Mysterious Death: Ex-NFL Defensive Lineman Saousoalii “Junior” Siavii Found Dead In Prison

Anti-violence Advocates Pinpoint Issues to Reduce Violence Following Deadly 2021 with Nearly 800 People Killed

Stock Selloff Deepens as Treasury Yields Climb: Markets Wrap


 

Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.