No one knows what exactly is going on in Antonio Brown’s head these days, but all of his actions are a cry for help, and that help needs to come sooner rather than later.
With a warrant out for his arrest, it is added to the list of events that continue to stack up behind Brown. While there are arguments about whether CTE has kicked in, everyone can agree he is not the same fan-favorite that was playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers back in 2017.
Even the mother of his kids would agree, according to an Instagram post.
“Over the last few years I have stood at the side of my children’s father Antonio Brown and watched the rise and fall of an incredible man and athlete,” ex-girlfriend Chelsie Kyriss said. “Our children and I have distanced ourselves from him and our former home. Although we have parted ways I wish nothing but the best for him.”
It all started with the temper tantrum on the sidelines that got him suspended from the Steelers, only to demand a trade just a few short weeks later. Then after a trade to the Oakland Raiders, the continued heightened drama caused Oakland to void his massive deal and release him. This led Brown to eventually sign with the New England Patriots for one week, where sexual assault allegations that have since been dropped forced a quick exit from there as well.
There have been numerous social media outbursts and several “retirements” from Brown since his release from New England, including attacks on NFL owners, former players, and members of the media.
Now, Brown is wanted for the assault of a truck driver. His trainer, Glenn Holt, has already been arrested. Brown is reportedly unwilling to leave his house. It’s been one implosion after another for the troubled wideout.
CBS NFL reporter Jason La Canfora said it perfectly last week on the Tiki and Tierney radio show.
“He is self-destructing,” La Canfora said. “It does seem like he needs to talk to somebody and get evaluated, but I don’t know where that support system is. There does not really seem to be one or any group of individuals, small or large, that can get through to him. And I’m not sure how many are really trying right now. He seems pretty cut off from a lot of people right now. You hope for the best, but sitting here and trying to project where Antonio Brown will be, come next September, is a difficult task. I hope he can get himself together.”
While many people can trace this behavior back to the Vontaze Burfict hit, one thing is clear: the NFL will not be able to run from the former All-Pro if CTE is the culprit behind all of this. For Antonio Brown’s sake, let’s hope he gets the help he needs, and soon.