The last few months have been nothing short of eventful for star wide receiver Antonio Brown, as he sits on the outside looking to the NFL. Brown’s actions off the field have contributed significantly to him being the position of where his future in the league is up in the air. This time away has also given him time to reflect on his actions as he has taken the time to send a public message to the New England Patriots.
Antonio Brown’s rollercoaster ride
The once-promising career that Brown had has been put on pause due to his decisions away from the game. It has seen his last two stints since being traded from the Pittsburgh Steelers go up in flames in short order.
Things quickly unraveled with the Oakland Raiders, where the initial hope was that Brown would be a central piece to the puzzle in helping the franchise get back to relevancy in the league. His departure from the Raiders ended on rough terms due to issues with the front office that stemmed from his helmet drama and frost-bitten feet.
It didn’t stop there for Brown as his tenure with the New England Patriots lasted less than two weeks as a pair of sexual misconduct charges against him ended that pairing. Since then, he has dealt with legal matters from those issues along with his appeals and grievances to get his guaranteed money back from the Patriots and Raiders.
Instead of the focus being on Brown’s play on the field, it has turned into a situation around him that has centered on his frequently erratic behavior and decision-making that has put his NFL career in jeopardy.
Antonio Brown issues apology to Patriots
Among these questionable decisions from Brown included him going off on numerous tirades against the NFL. He had also voiced his frustration with how things fell apart with the Patriots.
Shortly after being released by New England, Brown bashed team owner Robert Kraft and his former Steelers teammate Ben Roethlisberger by comparing their legal problems to his own. He took a shot at Kraft’s ongoing case in Florida, where he was charged with solicitation for allegedly receiving a sex act at a massage parlor.
Brown has decided to backtrack on his comments by taking to Instagram to voice an apology to the organization.
Brown is in a position where his public image has become tainted by his actions over the last several months. Although it’s a bit late, the decision to apologize to the Patriots is a step in the right direction.
The message from Brown also received support from Tom Brady, who liked the post on Instagram. Brady was one of the star wideout’s most prominent supporters and advocates when the team initially brought him aboard.
However, there remains much uncertainty about his chance to return to the NFL, especially this season.
Will Antonio Brown play in the 2019 season?
The tides have shifted away from Brown over the last several weeks as the NFL continues to conduct a thorough investigation into the legal matters around him.
The league met with Brown for eight hours last week to gain further clarity on the entire situation. There is no timetable for his return as he is dealing with pending legal issues with the pair of allegations against him going through the court system.
The NFL will likely wait until that is all settled before deciding on any potential punishment for Brown. If he’s able to clear that hurdle, it’s clear that teams will be interested, as evident by the Seattle Seahawks kicking the tires on possibly bringing him in before claiming Josh Gordon.
Ultimately, only time will tell how things will shake out for Brown’s NFL future this season and beyond that.