Just under the wire, Antonio Brown has thrown his hat into the ring for consideration in the category of “most absurd sports statement of the year.”
Let’s mull this over: Antonio Brown, who posted a video saying goodbye to the Pittsburgh Steelers organization and its fans last year weeks before he was traded to the Oakland Raiders, who posted a video a few months later asking the Raiders to release him before he’d even played a game for the team, who posted a video screaming, “I’m free!” after the Raiders cut him, who has gone on Twitter rants attacking any and everyone, apologizing, and then ranting again days later, said the Saints pulled a publicity stunt.
The reigning king of publicity stunts had the audacity to say an NFL team worked him out as a stunt.
As if the Saints didn’t have other things to worry about.
“I know I got a really crusty tone lately,” Brown said in the video. “But really I’m at peace. I just don’t like the lack of respect in the world. You know, everyone has deadlines. I guess the NFL don’t have a deadline for me, so. I appreciate Sean Payton and them guys for supporting me and bringing me out to work out. But I think it was a publicity stunt for them.
“Sean Payton know[s] the feeling of being left behind, not being able to interact with his team [during his suspension from bounty-gate]. I don’t have a team. But it is what it is. We don’t seek comfort. We don’t make excuses. I’m [going to] just keep committing to be the difference. ‘Cause I know I’m the difference.”
Sunday morning, both Jay Glazer of Fox Sports and Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reported on their respective pre-game shows that the Saints told Brown not to show up to his workout with an entourage and Brown ignored them, arriving with a video crew and others in tow.
Oddly, video of both of those posts were removed from social media feeds not long after they went up.
Point of it all: Brown remains his biggest impediment to ever playing in the NFL again.
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