Pro Bowl wide receiver Antonio Brown has offered yet another full-throated apology for the behavior that has sidelined his history-making NFL career. This time Antonio decided to hit all his bases and make his attitudinal about-face apply to everybody. The wide receiver apologized to family, friends, fans, and all the teams he has offended with his behavior too.
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First and foremost, I’d like to apologize to my family, friends and anyone who I offended. 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.
In his own words, Antonio Brown said “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.” He had also previously apologized to New England Patriots owner, Robert Kraft, for bringing up his prostitution arrest out of Florida. The Patriots decided to let Antonio go after it came out that he sent harrassing texts to a woman who claimed Antonio had sexually harrassed her. Antonio thought lashing out at Kraft was a good idea at the time.
As you know, before he lost his spot with the Patriots, Antonio managed to scuttle his $50 million 3-year contract with the Oakland Raiders by publicly fighting with the General Manager of the club. But the icing on the cake was that Antonio secretly taped head coach Jon Gruden during a private phone call, and then released the audio on YouTube. The Raiders politely released him from his contract and any obligation they had to pay him.
As the NFL playoffs loom and the superstar sits without an assaignment, it seems Antonio’s common sense has finally started to set in. Let’s see if this latest apologetic plea actually loosens an offer to play from a needy team. All eyes are on Antonio Brown – until the next time it drips….