Former Steelers WR Antonio Brown blasts NFL, vows to never return
“(Expletive) NFL I’m going down another path no more making money off my blood and sweat! No more control of my name and body clear my name I am done with it ! So you fantasy (expletive)s can let it go,” Brown wrote on his since-deleted Instagram Post.
Brown also had words on Twitter, which later were deleted: “Imagine conforming to a system giving it a 100 percent to see them treat me like this is unfairly! Making money off my sweat and blood (expletive) the @nfl I’ll never play in that (expletive) treat black people the worse! Clear my name and go (expletive) your self.”
He later backed off his strong statements:
I'm just very frustrated right now with the false allegations and slander to my name. I love football and I miss it. I just want to play and I'm very emotional about that. I'm determined to make my way back to the NFL asap
— AB (@AB84) November 7, 2019
Brown, who was served papers in a federal civil suit accusing him of battery, sexual assault and emotional distress, is under investigation by the league. He was with the New England Patriots when the personal conduct inquiry began and played a game for them against the Miami Dolphins in Week 2.
When Monday Morning Quarterback reported Brown was harassing his accuser, a former trainer in a group chat, however, Brown was released. He remains a free agent, eligible to be signed by any team, albeit with a possible suspension looming.
The Steelers denied having any knowledge of the accusations at the time. They traded him to the Oakland Raiders in March.