Antonio Brown may currently be focused on music, but he has plans to return to his first love: football. During a recent interview with Complex, he revealed his intentions to get back on the field soon, noting he’s already received calls from “a couple [of] teams.”
“I’m a football player, man. I’m a professional athlete. Let’s not get that twisted. That’s my main thing,” he explained. “So once I’m able to get my surgery and get cleaned up, hopefully, the album will already be out. I’ll be able to sit down on a routine and do what I need to do to get myself the opportunity to play again.”
Brown was released from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a day after his meltdown during the Jan. 2 matchup against the New York Jets. During the third quarter of the game, he took off his uniform and threw it into the stands before running across the end zone. When asked whether he regrets his actions, he admitted that he could have handled things differently.
“It’s not a good feeling with the way it ended, but I just feel good that I represented myself the right way,” said the free agent, who says he was fired for refusing to play on an injured ankle. “I could have handled my emotions better from walking off the field and making a distraction, but in that moment, I just didn’t want to be a part of it no more. You’re sacrificing your health to play with someone, and they don’t really respect that, so to me that was a smack in the face.”
“But I think we all, as people, have got to learn how to control our emotions in hostile environments, via him, via me, via everyone,” Brown told Complex. “So I’m just glad I did what my heart said in the moment. I could have handled it better, but I think you’ve got to stand up for yourself.”