Antonio Brown accuses Buccaneers of trying to pay him $200k to ‘go to the crazy house’ in damning interview preview

By | January 25, 2022

Antonio Brown certainly hasn’t kept quiet since his unceremonious exit from Tampa Bay nearly a month ago. He’s sent out numerous posts across all his social media platforms, he’s given podcast interviews and released statements and is still managing to stay relevant as a talking point for many NFL fans.

That continued Tuesday after HBO released a snippet of an interview Brown gave alongside his attorney Sean Burstyn for “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.” The show tweeted out a nearly 2:30 minute video previewing Brown’s appearance where he talks about getting injected with Toradol, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is used to treat moderately severe pain and inflammation as well as an offer the Buccaneers made him to get mental help and other topics.

In the clip shared by the show, both Brown and Burstyn weigh in and answer Gumbel’s questions.

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“We actually have in the medical records that we’ve reviewed, evidence that the team regularly injected Antonio with Toradol so he couldn’t feel the damage he was doing to his ankle until it got to that threshold point where he told his coach I can’t play and the coach’s response was ‘Get the F— off the field,'” Burstyn said in the clip.

Brown was also asked if he complained about his lack of targets, which Brown refuted.

But perhaps the most damning part of the clip shared, though, centered around Brown’s mental health and the accusation Brown and Burstyn made claiming the Bucs wanted the wide receiver to commit himself.

“These guys at the Tampa Bay Bucs tried to make an agreement with me to give me $200,000 to go to the crazy house so these guys could look like they know what they’re talking about,” Brown said. “These guys are unprofessional, they treated me wrong.”

The offer, as Burstyn described, was that the Bucs would give Brown $200,000 in exchange for Brown going on ‘some sort of list’. “We were specifically told, in writing, by the general manager [Jason Licht], ‘don’t spin this any other way.'”

“To the extent any of that is coming from the spin that Antonio had a spontaneous mental episode– it’s resentful, it’s hurtful and it’s a disservice to people who do suffer from mental health challenges,” Burstyn said.

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Brown then weighed in and shed light on the team’s offer, which he said was made as a PR move and to make the Buccaneers look good. Gumbel then asked if Brown thought he needed professional mental help of some kind.

Brown conceded he may be misunderstood at times, but that it’s also not everyone’s place to try and understand him or interpret his actions.

“I have mental wealth. I know a lot of people may not understand me or how I look at things or how I react emotionally to things, but it’s not for them to understand me,” Brown said.

The full interview with Brown can be seen at 10 p.m. ET when ‘Real Sports’ airs on HBO.