hours after antonio brown’s viral collapse on sunday january 1st. 3, Former NFL star and Fox analyst Michael Strahan went from funny to serious.
strahan mocked brown’s exit during the postgame show after the tampa bay buccaneers outscored the new york jets 28-24. Brown left the game in the third quarter after removing his jersey, jersey, and gloves.
strahan changed his tune about the former bucs catcher’s actions on the second postgame show following the afternoon games. In particular, fans called out Strahan on social media for his imitation of brown. the analyst shifted focus to brown as a person.
“This is obviously not normal behavior,” Strahan said on the show. “So you’re saying that she’s not going to be a part of this team. I’m fine with that. I think he’s obviously fine with that. but there is something wrong, because this is not normal behavior.”
“this is a man, this is not the first time we’ve seen something, not the second, this is the third time, and many other things that I’m sure we may not know,” added strahan. . “I just hope that if he needs help, he can get it because this man has a family and a lot of people who have looked up to him or people who depend on him. and I just hope that he can get the people around him to support him because this is not normal behavior.”
“I know a lot of people look at it and say ‘oh this is great. it’s funny. we have great memes of this,'” added strahan. “but this is about someone’s life, more than just a meme. i know it looks like that he let his team down, but obviously, there’s a bigger issue here that goes beyond whether he’s still playing football. I don’t want this to end in a way that none of us are going to enjoy.”
Brown has five children with various women, including his ex-girlfriend, Chelsie Kyriss.
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brown ‘was on his way to a hall of fame career’
strahan also talked about how promising brown’s career had been before actions on and off the field derailed it.
“it’s hard to see. such a talented player,” strahan said. “This guy was on his way to a hall of fame run right there in pittsburgh.”
Brown left the Steelers in 2019 and only spent a few weeks in Oakland before joining the New England Patriots for a game. He signed with the Bucs in October 2020 after an eight-game suspension due to off-field issues.
played in eight games and helped the bucs win the lombardi trophy. Things went south for Brown this season with a suspension due to a fake Covid-19 vaccine card and his outburst on the sidelines in New York.
“tom brady was credited with getting him there, helping him resurrect his career, winning a super bowl last year, and you thought it would all go from there,” added strahan.
Brown, a four-time all-pro, arguably has hall-of-fame numbers with 928 receptions for 12,291 yards and 83 touchdowns in addition to a super bowl ring. His character on and off the field will remain the question for Hall of Fame voters.
brown could come back says tony dungy
nbc analyst tony dungy did not rule out that brown could resume his career, but with a clear warning, similar to strahan’s concerns.
“i’ve said this in the past: i’m sorry for antonio brown,” dungy said on the yahoo halftime show. news. “He has talent, but he needs help. In the NFL, we’re not doing you a favor if we continue to hire you and reward this type of behavior. don’t sign it until he gets help.”