Antonio Brown posts lengthy apology on social media

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Free-agent receiver Antonio Brown has used social media in recent weeks as a way both to vent frustrations and mend fences. On Friday, he was using it to mend fences.

Brown posted a lengthy apology on Instagram, a broad and blanket mea culpa that, unlike most of his apologies, didn’t come in the aftermath of a social-media post in which he attacked the league, its teams, or any specific persons.

“First and foremost, I’d like to apologize to my family, friends and anyone who I offended,” Brown said. “I never once meant to make anyone feel like I wasn’t thankful and appreciative of the opportunity that I was afforded to play the game I love. I’ve worked hard over the years to earn a chance to compete in the greatest game on earth. Over the years I was met with challenges and I can honestly say I didn’t handle those challenges in the manner that I should have. Over the past few weeks I’ve had the opportunity to think about everything that’s transpired and I am deeply sorry to all who I’ve offended. While my behavior was inexcusable, sometimes when people are coming at you with false information and allegations, we handle ourselves in ways that we sometimes regret. I do take full responsibility for my actions and I’m working everyday to repair what I broke. I do know that if I’m ever given the opportunity to play the game that I love, I’m going to work extremely hard to show the world how much I appreciate another chance. To the organizations that I offended, I offer my sincere apology to you and my hope is that you forgive me and help me move on from this minor setback. I look forward to competing and helping a team reach their goals.”

Since the apology was not triggered by an outburst that he felt compelled to undo, could it be that Brown knows that an announcement may be coming later today about his status?

He met with NFL investigators 22 days ago, and he was optimistic in the aftermath of the session. Twelve days ago, Jay Glazer of FOX said that the league would need “a few more weeks” to make a decision, given that the information received from Brown required follow-up efforts elsewhere.

In September, the league launched an investigation regarding Brown under the Personal Conduct Policy, after he was sued for sexual assault. The Patriots cut him roughly a week later, and no one has signed him given the possibility that he’d be placed on paid leave.

As a practical matter, Brown has served an unpaid suspension since Week Three, without ever actually being suspended. He wants to play, and teams are believed to be interested in signing him, if/when the league provides the “all clear.”

Whether Friday afternoon’s apology was the appetizer to a league announcement that would spark a potential land rush for Brown’s services remains to be seen. But with no specific social-media eruption causing him to apologize like he has, it’s hard not to wonder whether, at some point between now and 5:00 p.m. ET, something will be coming regarding Brown’s status.

170 responses to “Antonio Brown posts lengthy apology on social media

  1. This really seems like someone else wrote this, read it back to him, and AB said “Put something in the middle about how I didn’t do anything wrong”

  2. And within 1 hour he’ll probably delete the apology and put the NFL on blast again. Dude is definitely not stable, how he hasn’t hit bottom yet is beyond me.

  3. Suspension coming, so he’s trying to get his beats in first. A man’s gotta eat, so better late than never I suppose.

  4. Unless there is a suspension looming, I imagine a team will sign him this season. I seriously question his mental health, but this apology seems like maybe he’s getting a handle on his issues. I’d be fine with my team signing him for the playoff push as long as he keeps his head on straight.

  5. Meanwhile next week he will be telling everyone to go to hell. I hope he gets the help he obviously needs.

  6. How are his college classes comeing? Will he be able to play in the NFL and still continue with his studies? I know he’s Mr.Big Chest and all but that’s a lot to handle for the dude as ignorant as AB.

  7. Patriots better resign him. Here’s the choices. You sign him and win a 7th championship or you watch him go to Baltimore, Kansas City, or Houston. If you think you have problems with the KC or Baltimore offense NOW, just wait till they get Brown.

  8. His current situation is his own fault. But I am sure some team will sign him at some point, because he is very talented. But his apologies mean nothing. He has done this before, then blew up. One issue is none of the apologies ever seem to be written by him. Go look at any of his social media posts and his apologies. Written by two different people.

  9. Every time he gets mad at someone you can barely understand what he is saying and every apology is well written and concise. This is being written by his agent or lawyers and I don’t believe any of it. They should at least misspell a few words if they want anyone to truly believe he is sorry.

  10. Look at his other posts, doesn’t look like he’s capable of writing this. Or did he take an English class during his time off?

  11. The first thing I think about while reading this is Home Alone. Remember when Kevin gets in trouble for mouthing off then says ‘I’m sorry’ immediately after learning he has to sleep alone upstairs and when it doesn’t work he goes right back to a tantrum? This is how I view Antonio Brown now. Just go away dude

  12. It’s quite apparent when AB is actually doing the writing versus someone else (likely his agent). If it’s decipherable, it’s not AB’s work.

  13. Anyone who believes AB somehow used his time away from football to suddenly learn syntax and proper English and that he wrote this apology himself should immediately head to the front of the line to sign him.

  14. With him apologizing to the teams he’s offended, does this mean he’s dropping the suits to collect his un-earned money against the Raiders and Patriots?

  15. It would be sincere if AB actually wrote that apology. Instead of Drew Rosenhous’s PR dept. As it is now, it’s just an insincere apology by someone who knows they’re in trouble and will do or say anything to try to lessen the punishment. This cat has already shown his true colors and has truly no remorse for his actions, so the people around him who need his income are trying to save face. I just wish he’d go away…he needs the league, the league doesn’t need him.

  16. Odds are later today he will post again this time ranting and raving about the mean NFL, mean Patriots, etc etc

  17. still don’t know why he’s not in the league. someone said something & his career ends? you sure ya’ll wanna live in that kind of world?

  18. I would rather see the Patriots get knocked out with what they have than to see them re-sign Brown. I know the players want him back,but come on…the guy is just not right.

  19. Didn’t he do this like 50 million times before then in a matter of hours he goes off the deep end yet again, When will people actually grasp that this guy has a HEALTH ISSUE that runs well beyond.His mood and actions are like a ticking bomb.

  20. Whenever I see an apology “to anyone I offended”, it sounds to me like ‘I didn’t do anything wrong but if it offended you, that’s really your problem, not mine’.

  21. bobbydouglass says:
    December 6, 2019 at 3:16 pm
    AB doesn’t need a job – he needs a CAT scan.
    ___________________________

    Laughed out loud at this one! Cheers!

  22. I don’t care what anyone thinks. He’s a nit wit that can’t control himself. Other than that, it hasn’t been proved that the accusations against him are anything more than a money grab. If the NFL would let him play, the Pats would be stupid not to grab him. But, it won’t happen

  23. By now, Drew Rosenhaus must have a file cabinet full of apologies. All he has to do is select the one that best matches the situation.

  24. Has he been checked for Bipolar or Schizophrenia ?
    I had a grandmother who was bipolar.
    Even as a kid I knew something was wrong with her sometimes .( When I was old enough I found out it was when she was not taking her medication.).
    AB should get checked. Many mental health issues are controllable with medication.
    It could save his life.

  25. Personally, I’d rather see a video apology that was one-fourth as articulate and PR-finessed over this tiresomely obvious ghost-written statement.

    He may actually feel all these things – I don’t know him, I can’t say. But a mountain of verbiage puked out by some PR lackey adds up to nothing.

  26. Agent: Now, Antonio, we need to put out a statement of apology to help you get back into the good graces of the NFL and the fans. You tell me what you want to say and I will write it down.

    AB: I didn’t do nuthin!

    (Agent Transcribes)
    Dear NFL Fans,
    I would like to apologize for….
    …My actions were…
    …I love the game of football…
    …and for all of that, I sincerely apologize.
    Kind Regards,
    AB

  27. This was written by someone with a skill set that AB does not possess. AB does not have the literary skills contained in the “apology”. You heard

  28. oh wow the dude sounds really contrite. he certainly won’t act up again. sarcasm

    translation: please someone pick me up for a playoff run!

  29. jackofnotrades says:
    December 6, 2019 at 3:24 pm
    still don’t know why he’s not in the league. someone said something & his career ends? you sure ya’ll wanna live in that kind of world?
    ——–
    That someone was him. He would still be in the league if he wasnt on social media all the time.

  30. What a high perch he came down from. AB is at the stage now where he’s yesterday’s news, and is starting to miss being in the spotlight. In a way, I feel bad for him. He had a long, extended meltdown, and he’s now facing the aftermath.

  31. Did anyone watch Hard Knocks or read his social media posts? Dude can’t speak a lick of intelligible english. No possible way he authored this!! Which makes it meaningless…

  32. I am happy to hear that he has expressed these regrets — but it does read like it was written by a publicist.

  33. given the troubles Brady is having with receivers, I am guessing there is a back channel of Tom advising Antonio to go full on apology, accept responsibility mode.

    Brady has been more than clear publicly that the offence in New England needs to improve. Every indication was he liked what Antonio brought.

  34. If Robert Kraft is serious about winning another super bowl, they need to get Antonio Brown back. This fact doesn’t care about everyone else’s feelings. Perhaps, Belichick is waiting until the league finishes their investigation.

  35. jackofnotrades says:
    December 6, 2019 at 3:24 pm
    still don’t know why he’s not in the league. someone said something & his career ends?
    ———————————————-

    That someone was him, he’s damned himself pretty well without much in the way of help.

  36. tvguy22 says:
    December 6, 2019 at 3:38 pm
    “Whaddya mean I still have to pay my bills?”
    —————————————–

    Whaddya mean ‘still’?
    He never paid them before, why would he start now?

  37. He’ll do and whatever he says to get back on the Patriots good side. It won’t be long after re-signing with them that he’ll fall right back into his old habits and attitudes.

  38. There were snippets of questionable grammar, as if Drew tried to make it seem autobiographival. But not enuff to convince the masses. Poor job.

  39. Wonder if he ever apologized to Mayock for calling him a cracker and threatening him in a racist out rage .

  40. He doesn’t apologize for his actions or admit that his actions were unprofessional and childish. He offers apologies to those he offended and that’s about it. Basically saying if they interpreted his actions as bad, then he’s sorry. Still doesn’t seem to totally understand why he’s in the position he is in professionally or reputation-wise. No specific apologies for his actions. Don’t buy it.

  41. I forgive you, AB.
    I mean, who doesn’t have a bad day once in a while?
    Sometimes peeps can get on you nerves, make you say stuff you don’t mean and ish.
    Stay strong, AB.

  42. sometimes when people are coming at you with false information and allegations, we handle ourselves in ways that we sometimes regret
    =======================================
    Claims he takes responsibility and says this? What the hell is this “we” crap? This is about YOU and YOU only. Deflection at it’s finest.

  43. Wonder if he ever apologized to Mayock for calling him a cracker and threatening him in a racist out rage .
    ________________________

    Now see, that’s not helpful. We got to let the past go and be adults about this.

  44. Interesting….

    Its almost like he is the Polar opposite of himself from one day to another…

    Too bad there wasnt a term for someone like that…

  45. It’s so obvious that Brown didn’t write this apology, that I’m surprised Rosenhaus even put it out there. Some of these agents are as unbearable to the public as are the players whom they represent.

  46. This guy made 10 million guaranteed. 1 million from the raiders and 9 million from the pats and only played one game which was for the pats. Legend

  47. AB is everything everyone has stated above and it is obvious he truly has mental issues. He really needs professional help and with such help he might be able to lead a productive life moving forward. He needs to forget about playing ball right now but focus on the rest of his life and we all need to cut him some slack and pray for his recovery.

  48. Expect the Pats to sign him 5 minutes after he becomes available…again. At least this time it wouldn’t be considered tampering…like the last time.

  49. Those classes seem to be going very well. A ringing endorsement for the quality of education provided at Central Michigan University. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen someone progress so rapidly. Money well spent!

  50. >>“First and foremost, I’d like to apologize to my family, friends and anyone who I offended,”

    Thats would be pretty much the world population.

    Tell you what AB, you harmed the Steelers and Raiders.
    Make it up to them.

  51. Looks like Antonio Brown has burned through his savings and is now desperate for another NFL gig.

    Whether or not an NFL team bites and brings him in, I think that in the long run Brown will wind up being destitute.

  52. He totally didn’t write that. Does anyone believe that he actually wrote that?

  53. Just give it a few hours, he’ll tweet that the NFL, teams and fans are all pieces of garbage and this a plot to keep him and Colin Kaepernick unemployed…

  54. Even if Antonio brown returns to the Patriots, Tom brady and the offense will still be awful. One player won’t change that. Just double brown and Edelman every play , and brady will choke under pressure like he’s been doing all year. Lucky for brady ,he’s being carried by his superbowl mvp Edelman and his #1 defense. Brady is a concrete statue in the pocket, he a liability for the Patriots, he’s the weak link. He’s one of the worst qbs in the nfl in every passing category. Doesn’t matter if they get brown. They still have an old way past his prime slow weak and washed up 43 year old qb. That’s the real problem for the Patriots. His fanboys don’t want to hear the truth.

  55. ” I’m working everyday to repair what I broke.” Like the TV you threw out of the hotel window.

  56. AB has gone all Happy Gilmore on the intercom breaking up with his girlfriend.

    Beat it! Who needs you?!

    I’m sorry baby… it’s just that I get so scared….

  57. hahaha yeah sure buddy.

    nice try Drew, i see your still trying to get some of that 30+ mill AB threw away.

  58. I saw a simple post on social media that I try to think of when I lose my cool and start insulting people.

    Take a plate… ok
    Throw it on the ground… ok.. Crash
    Did it break? Yes
    Now apologize to the plate… I’m sorry
    Did it fix the plate? NO

  59. Apparently, from the looks of these comments, the drama queens that infest the NFL in large numbers don’t believe in freedom of speech. The man has committed no crime as far as we know. If Brady and BB want him, that’s good enough for me. Free AB!

  60. revren10 says:
    December 6, 2019 at 4:47 pm
    This guy made 10 million guaranteed. 1 million from the raiders and 9 million from the pats and only played one game which was for the pats. Legend

    ********************************

    No he didn’t. Kraft didn’t pay him spit!

  61. There is NO way this dude wrote this. I doubt he even knows what the word “transpired” means, and even if he did he’d never use it in a sentence. He either had his agent or a lawyer write this for him. Read the posts he’s written himself. They’re barely intelligible, filled with anger, slang and weird sentence structure, and never contain complex sentences like in this post. Nice try, AB, but you didn’t write this…you merely posted it. Time for another outburst in juvenile language again now….

  62. Is he a clown ? Yes. Does he have character issues ? Yes. But I don’t see one bit of honesty in Britney Taylor’s lawsuit. Here’s a woman who had an open, intimate relationship with AB. And had well documented financial interest in AB.
    The timing of the lawsuit is suspect to my opinion. She got married Friday, gave an ultimatum until Sunday for the civil lawsuit. Marital planning. If you are genuine about suing somebody in court, you don’t send an ultimatum to try to get the money you did ask
    for anyway, while the relationship was still going on.

  63. brownsnotawful2019 says:
    December 6, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    Back on his meds?
    ______________________________

    For a day anyhow!

  64. This really seems like someone else wrote this, read it back to him, and AB said “Put something in the middle about how I didn’t do anything wrong”
    ___________________________________________________________

    Yooooooooooooooo thats the same thing I said. Im glad I wasn’t the only one who noticed that

  65. Ok ok I’m putting this out as a Viking fan we need a WR really really bad Theilen is out for who knows how long and we got division games coming up and well it would be nice to win a couple of playoff games that put the Vikings in the Super bowl. If AB means what he said he can prove it and play league minimum and hope for a big contract in 2020.

  66. Antonio, do have any bridges for sale because you’re such an honest man? Hopefully you’ve got the Brooklyn Bridge for sale. You’re just so believable. If you’re selling it, I’m buying it, and I’m sure I speak for all the football fans across America. You’ve been such a victim, the NFL should let you choose what team you want to play for, and you should even be able to call the plays. I don’t understand why everyone picks on you. You’ve just been the most perfect model citizen. I want my boys to grow up just like you.

  67. charliecharger says:
    December 6, 2019 at 7:48 pm
    Antonio, do have any bridges for sale because you’re such an honest man? Hopefully you’ve got the Brooklyn Bridge for sale. You’re just so believable. If you’re selling it, I’m buying it, and I’m sure I speak for all the football fans across America. You’ve been such a victim, the NFL should let you choose what team you want to play for, and you should even be able to call the plays. I don’t understand why everyone picks on you. You’ve just been the most perfect model citizen. I want my boys to grow up just like you.
    ____________

    Honestly, must you be reduced to mocking?
    This is a somber moment of great weight and gravity.
    I once thought better of you. So disappointing.

  68. Kids, don’t do steroids. They make you crazy. You can hide things on a drug test almost indefinitely, but sooner or later the crazy shows through.

  69. You gotta admit… it would be fun to see him join his cousin in Baltimore.

    I imagine if Steelers weren’t miraculously in the playoff hunt… Antonio might not be as eager to get back on the field. But now he wants nothing more than to not let them get the last laugh.

    If you hate the Ravens, you hope it blows up in their face and ruins their great season. If you like the Ravens, you would love to see one of the most talented receivers ever give Lamar another dependable threat since Boykin just hasn’t panned out in his first season. But you also run the risk, “fixing” something that isn’t really broken.

    Still… it could be a lot of fun!

  70. Here is an apology that might have worked:

    (Released through his agent, not social media)
    I really want to play football, and I realize the consequences of my past actions. Therefore, I will drop all my grievances and play for the rest of this season on a non-guaranteed contract for the league minimum.

    End.

  71. i hope someone gives him another chance but he should ask for only vet min on a 1 yr prove it deal but not the Panthers they have enough trouble

  72. bradygirl12 says:
    December 6, 2019 at 3:50 pm
    “Minor setback”??? He’s been accused of and also done some pretty serious stuff.

    And yet Tyreek Hill still plays in the NFL

  73. Uh, didn’t the Raiders offer him 30 million to play “the game he loves” or whatever, and he did them dirty? Sounds very insincere, to me. Just stating the obvious, of course.

  74. dude has signed two contracts this year worth multiple millions of dollars and has talking about opportunity?

  75. All of us who don’t have mental issues should be very thankful..yes, a few NFL players have mental issues just like the rest of the population. Let’s keep on urging AB to get the help he obviously needs.

  76. howboutthosechiefs says:

    December 6, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    revren10 says:
    December 6, 2019 at 4:47 pm
    This guy made 10 million guaranteed. 1 million from the raiders and 9 million from the pats and only played one game which was for the pats. Legend

    ********************************

    No he didn’t. Kraft didn’t pay him spit!

    Yes he did that’s why they have dead cap hits this year and next of 5.75 and 4.5. AB got his money and the pats only got one game out of him

  77. revren10 says:
    December 7, 2019 at 5:01 pm
    howboutthosechiefs says:

    December 6, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    revren10 says:
    December 6, 2019 at 4:47 pm
    This guy made 10 million guaranteed. 1 million from the raiders and 9 million from the pats and only played one game which was for the pats. Legend

    ********************************

    No he didn’t. Kraft didn’t pay him spit!

    Yes he did that’s why they have dead cap hits this year and next of 5.75 and 4.5. AB got his money and the pats only got one game out of him

    —————————-
    No he did not. Money paid and cap used are two different things. Currently They are refusing to give him the money. Thats all going on behind the scenes but ABs contriteness could be interpreted to suggest Kraft’s lawyers are having some success in those dealings. Only time will tell on that. But whether or not the Patriots escape writing him the check they still take the cap hit either way. The cap hit is a done deal, they are stuck with it.

  78. All those baby’s mamma’s are hitting him for money so now he’s really feeling it. So here he comes with a lame apology. Anybody buying this apology is really a fool’s fool.

  79. As much as I’m tired of reading these lame postings from and about Antonio, I will never refer to him as AB, the responses are so amusing that I hope it goes on through the football season so I can get a good laugh. On a serious you see my handle, my client and I need money to live on and keep up our expensive life style. Please rethink all of the many, I think, great plays Antonio made over the years, AND NOT the stupid childish posts over the past months. Remember the Steelers and Raiders took advantage of this young man by making him a millionaire four times over, how dare they give him so much money and expect good behavior. Well at least the Patriots knew value when they saw it if only they did not have one smart executive that questioned why they would hire such a ……… Oh well just like my close friend in those Allstate commercials I will work hard for my one and only client, write this witty apologies and pray he stays off social media and show what an idiot he really is. Thank you and Merry Christmas 🎁.

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