Antonio Brown addressed concerns for his mental health in a lively discussion with Brandon Marshall, TMZ Sports reports.
In the sit-down interview, the seven-time Pro Bowler spoke on Marshall’s I Am Athlete podcast and was joined by ex-NBA shooting guard Nick Young and first-round NFL draft pick Jared Odrick.
Brown firmly proclaimed that his mental health was intact.
The four men dissected Brown’s future in the NFL and provided suggestions on how he could have better handled the situation with the Tampa Bay Bucs when he stripped off his jersey, pads and shirt during the middle of the game with the Jets before exiting the field.
Marshall even gave a mock demonstration on how he would have addressed the coach.
“If I give him that, unstrap my boom, boom, boom, do that with the peace sign … now they’re in control. I lose cause now it’s me versus the media,” Marshall explained, while Brown, sitting next to him, agreed with his line of reasoning.
Brown said he was aware that his fans and sports analysts were labeling him “crazy,” however, he countered their assessment.
“Why every time something happens bad, or how someone reacts, ‘Aw, he’s crazy, there’s something wrong with his mental health,'” Brown asked.
“There’s nothing wrong with my mental health. Someone told me to get the f**k out of here. I’m not passive-aggressive,” the former Tampa Bay Bucs wide receiver added.
During the interview, Brown also placed the blame on Bucs coach Bruce Arians, who he said knew he was injured and still insisted he play on an injured ankle.
“An NFL Super Bowl team coach told a guy on the team who’s playing hurt ‘get the f**k out of here,” Brown said.
Brown made it known during the interview that he wants to continue playing, but that it’s contingent on an NFL team signing him.