Exactly two months after throwing shade at Tom Brady following his meltdown during the Buccaneers and Jets game, Antonio Brown is crediting Brady for saving his career.
On a recent episode of “The Pivot Podcast” with ESPN NFL analyst Ryan Clark, Fred Taylor and Channing Crowder, the mercurial but uber-talented wideout talked about his admiration for the player effectively known as the GOAT.
— Miller (@mmmmillah) January 2, 2022
“Tom is one of my closest friends ever, man, and my dog,” Brown, who appears to be in a happy place, said. “Tom is the guy that came to get me. … He can’t help how other people treat me, and I’m his friend and crying in the media like, ‘bro, help me out.’”
— NFL (@NFL) October 27, 2020
Brown continued talking about how Brady convinced the Buccaneers to give him a shot when no was willing to.
“They didn’t want me at first. He made them want me again, when they got me we won, and they still treat me like this. You know it was outside of his control at this point, but don’t get it twisted, man. Forever indebted and love Tom Brady. Because he did what he did for me, a lot of guys would never do, you know. I’m saying he stood on a table for me.”
Brown wasn’t done displaying his admiration and appreciation for Brady. He talked about how Brady gave him the opportunity to become a champion.
“He told everybody what, with the reality of AB, man, this guy’s for real. This guy’s about business. … Where everyone turned their back, and in the darkest time, you remember your friends and situation like that. So don’t ever get it twisted, me and Tom Brady ain’t got nothing negative. It’s all love with Tom Brady, like, you know, I know I look flashy in the media, but don’t play with me about Tom Brady like, so Tom Brady (helped) my career when everyone else was trying to cut me out and helped me become a champion.”
He still maintains, however, that Bucs head coach Bruce Arians, who was AB’s OC in Pittsburgh, never liked him.
“[Clark] and I know how Arians used to treat me,” Brown said.
Brown does have some receipts to back that claim up, which tells you that if it was ultimately left up to Arians, AB would have never joined the Bucs.
Bruce Arians in March 2020 on Antonio Brown coming to Tampa:
“Yeah, it's not gonna happen. There's no room. And probably not enough money. But it's not gonna happen — it's not a fit here.
I just know him, and — it's not a fit in our locker room.
He’s too much of a diva." https://t.co/NOZ8sH8GjT
— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) October 23, 2020
AB Singing Different Tune Than He Did In January
In January, following his meltdown and subsequent release from the Bucs, Brown didn’t hesitate to take parting shots at Brady and the team he won a Super Bowl with the previous season. It was odd to hear him attack the guy who had helped him. Now, to hear him showing such appreciation for Brady is even stranger. Borderline bipolar.
On an appearance on the “Full Send Podcast,” Brown broke down his definition of friend, then insinuated that Brady was only his friend because he was good at football. Which implies that Brady used him in some way.
“To me a friend is someone who’s got your back. Not everyone 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.
“You can’t really expect anyone to be your friend in the business of football. In the business of football, our business is winning. Brady and I like winning. We have that in common. That’s what makes me wanna be around him, makes us jell, makes us great. I’m out here getting prove-it-contracts, you say you’re my friend, I shouldn’t be playing on that type of deal when I came here and we won a Super Bowl.”
A nice payday for the seven-time Pro Bowl WR — and a chance to help Tampa Bay go for two.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) April 28, 2021
Really awkward for Brown to say this when if not for Brady, he quite possibly would’ve never sniffed the NFL again.
Brady Truly Helped When No One Else Was Willing
Brown was for all intents and purposes was done in the league following a myriad of issues from sexual assault accusations, throwing items at his child’s mother, being belligerent toward police, and beating up a truck driver. This after he badmouthed the Steelers organization, head coach Mike Tomlin and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger before also apologizing to all parties.
Brown Is Now President Of DONDA Sports: He’s Staying In The Spotlight
Antonio Brown Joins Kanye West's Donda Sports "To Provide More Creative, Genius Ideas For Fashion Looks For Athletes In General" – The Shadow League https://t.co/eyyABFqAiq
— The Shadow League (@ShadowLeague) February 6, 2022
Since his tenure with the Bucs ended abruptly, Brown has been seen with rap and fashion mogul, Kanye West. The two have collaborated on business and music ventures. Ye even made Brown the president of his sports venture, Donda Sports.
The two have also been consistently expressing their interest in buying the Denver Broncos, but it hasn’t become enough of a reality to get a major buzz yet. Most don’t think it’s possible despite Kanye being worth a reported $6 billion.
Donda sports imagine a brighter future, a new era of empowerment, changing of the guard, a platform where we control our destiny and narrative.
— AB (@AB84) February 18, 2022
While AB’s erratic behavior is something that’s been ongoing for years, to continue to take shots at folks who’ve helped you is wrong on so many levels.
— The Shadow League (@ShadowLeague) January 26, 2022
Looking to once again rectify the damage of his impulsive comments, AB is now showing remorse. It’s the right thing to do, but we’ve seen this dance before.