Last Sunday all NFL fans were able to attend the penultimate embarrassing episode starring Antonio Brown. For whatever reasons, the WR decided to remove their protections and jersey and throw them on the bench, immediately afterwards they took off their shirt and gloves and threw them to the public. Shirtless, he walked through the band and the background on his way to the locker room, while jumping and greeting an astonished audience.
All the antics of Antonio Brown pic.twitter.com/ikOV72Ima4
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As soon as the game ended, Bruce Arians, head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, said that the WR was a former player on the team. Tom Brady, a friend and great supporter of the receiver, both when he signed with the Patriots in 2019 and when he joined the Buccaneers in 2020, said that he hopes Antonio Brown will find the help he needs while asking for compassion and empathy towards him.
Personally, all this seems to me an exercise in absolute hypocrisy and cynicism of many actors. Hypocrisy and cynicism on the part of his supposed friend, Brady; hypocrisy and cynicism on the part of head coach Bruce Arians, and finally, hypocrisy and cynicism on the part of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers organization and by extension the entire NFL.
If all those mentioned had really cared about Antonio Brown’s mental health, the first thing they should have done is help him with everything necessary to solve his more than obvious problems. But none of that has happened, the aforementioned institutions and people have cared little or nothing about Brown’s mental health; the only thing they look for from day one is his performance on the field, where he continues to be an exceptional player and gifted with enormous talent for playing football.
Brown’s outbursts are nothing new in quite some time, and no one has cared as long as the player contributed yardage and TD. It didn’t matter to the Patriots who signed him within hours of his bizarre departure from the Raiders. Nor did it matter at all to the Buccaneers when, once his sanction was served, it was clear to everyone that the player was contributing numbers. No one cared about Antonio Brown’s mental health in his search for the ring. What is mental health next to lifting the Vince Lombardi trophy?
Finally, Tampa Bay “had no other solution” than to remove him after starring in an embarrassing behavior live before millions of viewers. Ah, but of course: the action reaches the moment when it calls into question the “sacred” rituals, forms and characters of sport. Because before, to almost no one cared about his sex scandals, his erratic use of social media or the numerous defaults to former employees of his.
Nobody cared that he threw furniture from his apartment window or that he forged his vaccination card, just as nobody cared about his collection of follies and eccentricities such as recording a music video surrounded by dozens of young ladies in their underwear. The same Antonio Brown who in 2018 was traded by the Steelers to the Raiders is the same Antonio Brown who has been starring in scandal after scandal for three years, and who time after time has found a place in the league because he is an exceptional talent.
Now that the same people who have persisted in giving him opportunity after opportunity claim that he needs help or ask for empathy towards him to overcome his problems is a major exercise in hypocrisy and cynicism. If Brady is such a friend of the WR, he should have helped him instead of letting him into his house, giving him shelter and taking pictures with him to upload them to social networks and thus show himself as his great friend. What Tom Brady wanted is to have a gun like Antonio Brown in search of his seventh ring.
And the same can be said of Bruce Arians, who at first stated that he was not interested in the player, and then accepted it after stating that he would not tolerate a single departure from tone. Bruce Arians has made the most enormous ridiculous after keeping the WR on the squad after falsifying his vaccination card, a behavior that more than sports or extra-sports, borders on criminality. Nobody is aware that Chris Godwin, one of the Buccaneers’ best receivers, was seriously injured and that, with hardly any replacements on the market, he decided to turn a blind eye to Antonio Brown.
If all the above were really concerned about Antonio Brown’s mental health, before they even let him get dressed and play, they should have worried about giving him assistance, convincing him to seek help – even if it meant not playing – and running out of a gun like the WR in search of the ring. But the reality is what it is, as long as he served them in the field, the issue of their mental health mattered little or nothing to them.
None of this surprises me at all. The NFL as an organization is the same one that spent decades looking the other way when they became aware of the perverse effects of playing football. The NFL is the same that has cared little or nothing about the state of health in which hundreds of players remain after their passage through professionalism, players who each and every day that they have left of life suffer immense pain and who they see their quality of life deteriorate day by day.
Now, the turn has come to the fashion issue: the mental health of elite athletes and it has been necessary for a superstar like Brown to star in front of millions of spectators in an embarrassing show so that the current sacred cows like Tom Brady, Bruce Arians , the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Roger Goodell sing the umpteenth song for love, empathy and mental health.
Thus, I do not have a single doubt that Antonio Brown needs help, and that he needed it for a long time. I also have no doubts that there is a great victim here, Antonio Brown himself, used by many parties who have not cared about his mental health as he continues to provide numbers in the field. It is never late if happiness is good, yes, that afternoon never prevent you from squeezing the lemon to the last drop.
And for sample, the last button:
The Buccaneers’ use of Antonio Brown borders on the perverse.
They don’t cut him because they don’t want him to go to another team.
Of course, they are very concerned about their mental health. What worries them is that he will go to another team. https://t.co/B5XmDzQ1XP
– Jose Villelabeitia (@jmvillelabeitia) January 4, 2022
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