Don’t expect former Pittsburgh Steelers, Oakland Raiders, and New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown to be suiting up for the XFL.
Brown claims he has no interest in playing for the inaugural league, who he called a “bush league.” The 31-year-old was answering questions from fans on Twitter recently, and when asked about playing for the XFL in 2020, Brown shut the idea down.
Bush league https://t.co/NE0bWvYpyO— AB (@AB84) October 25, 2019
Even if Brown did want to play for the XFL, the likelihood of the league taking a chance on the talented wideout is slim. Brown is currently dealing with a few sexual assault allegations, and has built up quite the reputation for causing drama within the locker room. Although he is undoubtedly one of the most talented players of his generation, Brown comes with a ton of baggage.
He was traded from the Steelers to the Oakland Raiders for a pair of draft picks after reportedly being at odds with several members of the organization. His trip to Oakland was short-lived, mounting up even more drama, this time public. Brown threw a fit about being forced to change helmets after his longtime model was banned for safety reasons. He filed several grievances with the NFL, which were all denied.
Brown was also fined for missing two practice sessions by General Manager Mike Mayock. Brown posted the letter listing his fines on his Instagram account, which drew a ton of criticism from the league. The receiver reportedly got into a verbal altercation with Mayock the next day, allegedly calling him a “cracker” and threatening to hit him. He then punted a football and said “fine me for that.”
Despite giving an emotional apology to the locker room, Brown later asked for his release form the Raiders after the organization voided the guaranteed money in his contract. He was granted his release, and agreed to a one-year deal with the Patriots the same day, despite having a sexual allegation already being levied against him.
Brown played in Week Two of the 2019 NFL season for the Patriots against the Miami Dolphins, catching four passes for 56 yards and a touchdown. However, after another sexual assault allegation came to light, and leaked threatening text messages from Brown to the alleged victim became public, the Patriots decided to cut Brown from the team.
He is currently unsigned and isn’t expected to play again this season.
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