After days of speculation, reports say that Antonio Brown’s blistered feet and absence at Oakland Raiders practice can be attributed to cryotherapy gone wrong, which apparently worsened a prior foot fungus…or injury.
The cryotherapy supposedly took place in France, but the details are still a bit sketchy. It sounds unbelievable but when it comes to AB — in the words of Kevin Garnett — “anything is possible.”
Brown has been known to make some questionable decisions. Like the time he secretly FB Live-streamed a post-game playoff celebration back in 2017 after head coach Mike Tomlin specifically told players not to post anything to social media.
This guy’s life is one continuous adventure. You never know what’s going to happen once Brown steps off the football field. Nobody knew about his cryotherapy mishap, but the Twitter pic of Brown’s blistered feet caused widespread speculation.
NBC Sports’ Chris Simms, a former NFL QB, initially said that his feet endured similar trauma and called the condition an “unidentified Buc fungus. According to ProFootballTalk, as Simms dug further, he “heard from someone close to the matter that the foot issue that has kept Brown off the field was actually caused by using a cryotherapy machine without the proper footwear, resulting in him getting frostbite. Cryotherapy is used to relieve muscle pain, sprains and swelling after soft tissue damage or surgery and ranges from using ice packs to cold chamber.”
How Brown’s feet got to the point where they appear to be falling off is still weirdly mysterious. This is just so wrong on so many levels. The Raiders took a huge gamble by bringing Brown onto a losing squad and paying him close to $55 million to be a productive leader. As incomparable as he is on the football field, that dude moves crazy sometimes and the increasing unpredictability of his actions has got to worry Raiders Nation.
We’re not even in the preseason and Brown is already dealing with some drama and has no set date to return to the field. hThat’s all bad at this point for the Raiders and Jon Gruden who has already said he’s “disappointed” that his multi-million dollar diva receiver can’t practice.”
Brown’s agent Drew Rosenhaus is ducking the media. He wants no part of this circus in motion. Besides, what can anyone really say about this incident? If Brown had lost a toe it would be reminiscent of former Giant All-Pro Jason Pierre-Paul blowing off half his hand in a July 4th fireworks catastrophe. Luckily, it wasn’t that tragic, but it could have been and that’s the kind of bizarre stuff that comes long with AB.
According to current reports, there’s no timetable on Brown’s return, which is all bad for Gruden who was just talking about how important it is for Brown to be at practice because the team gains motivation by his presence.
If the Raiders weren’t concerned when they saw Brown’s blistered feet on Twitter, they have to be slightly bothered by Brown’s bizarre story and carelessness with his feet. They are his money-makers.
As details continue to surface about Brown’s fungus/frostbite, expect the memes to continue flooding social media as well.
This is an embarrassing situation for all parties involved and not the start AB or the Raiders wanted to the 2019 season.