Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers player Antonio Brown sat down with Complex to talk about a range of topics, which included his rap career and recent fallout with his former team.
The Buccaneers parted ways with Brown, who happens to be an All-Pro wide receiver after he walked off the field during the team’s game against the Jets.
Since his release, Brown has taken the time to make music. However, he said that hasn’t gotten in the way of him thinking about his future in football.
“I’m a football player, man. I’m a professional athlete. Let’s not get that twisted. That’s my main thing,” he said. Apparently, he’s already been in contact with some organizations.
“A couple of teams called,” Brown continued.
Brown did say that he could have handled his emotions better that day, but still defended his actions overall.
“It’s not a good feeling with the way it ended, but I just feel good that I represented myself the right way,” he said. “I could have handled my emotions better from walking off the field and making a distraction, but in that moment, I just didn’t want to be a part of it no more. You’re sacrificing your health to play with someone, and they don’t really respect that, so to me that was a smack in the face.”
“But I think we all, as people, have got to learn how to control our emotions in hostile environments, via him, via me, via everyone. So I’m just glad I did what my heart said in the moment. I could have handled it better, but I think you’ve got to stand up for yourself,” he added.
“There are a lot of misconceptions about what happened.”
“I’m a target in the media, for whatever that entails,” he explained. “Imagine you are at a place and your boss tells you, “Get the hell out of here.” What are you going to do? You’re going to wait until they send you the flight itinerary, or are you going to be gone?”
As for his relationship with former teammate Tom Brady, Brown didn’t say if they had spoken since the separation. “He’s trying to win the Super Bowl, last time I heard,” AB said.