December 4, 2022

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Brown Exit Should Serve As Mental Health Awareness

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Antonio Brown | NFL.com

MetLife Stadium, NJ. Antonio Brown would get into an altercation on the sideline, not unusual in the NFL. What would be unusual are the events that followed next.

Those watching on TV were left in some confusion to see Brown jogging shirtless through the end zone, saluting fans on his way to the tunnel. This wasn’t the usual way a player went off the field for treatment, so what was happening?

Whatever transpired on that sideline and the subsequent reaction sounded the death knell for Antonio Brown’s career in Tampa, confirmed in the postgame press conference with Head Coach, Bruce Arians.

But I am concerned that something else lead to Brown’s exit from the field. Football is an exciting game, but certainly a dangerous one. Accolades and respect is given out for jarring hits that might liquify the internal organs or regular mortals. One such hit from Vontaze Burfict was delivered to Antonio Brown.

Many have commented that Brown seemed different after the hit. Glancing over the trials and tribulations that Brown often finds himself in, it seems he has lost the ability to control impulses and inhibitions.

I’m not a doctor, I don’t even play one on TV, but something seems seriously wrong in the world or Antonio Brown.

As a fan of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, I am saddened that it has come to this. As I have said previously, Brown has let himself down and his former teammates down. As a human being, I hope he gets the help and support that his actions suggest he might need.

Football is a wonderful spectacle of brains and brawn, loved by millions across the globe. But it’s time to start doing more for those that sacrifice to entertain us.