Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown says his mental health is perfectly fine. In Week 17, Brown took off his uniform and ran off the field during the third quarter of the Buccaneers and New York Jets game.
After the game, Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said Brown was "no longer a Buc." Brown claimed he told coach he was injured and couldn't play but they weren't interested and told him to leave the field.
"Everyone in the world got a different form of reactions of what happened to me. And it's all based upon where you from, how you feel, and no one really gonna know that regardless of who you is," Brown said on the I Am Athlete podcast.
"The thing with football players, mental health and CTE is this: These guys are willing to do whatever it take to make some obligated gain. But in the midst of those gains, along that journey, they're being mistreated, there's a lot of stuff that went on that may not have been handled right."
Brown: I was told to leave the game
"And then you started your career on a high. It's like a roller coaster. You go up, and then as soon as it 'bout to go down, everyone leave. ... If we all players and we all saying we care about mental health, why every time something happens bad or 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, 'Get the f--- out of here.' I'm not passive-aggressive." After the game, Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady suggested Brown needed help.
"Yeah, I mean that's obviously a difficult situation, and I think we all want him to -- I think everybody should hopefully do what they can to help him in ways that he really needs it," said Brady, per CBS Sports.
"We all love him, we care about him deeply. We want to see him be at his best, and unfortunately it won't be with our team. We have a lot of friendships that will last and again I think the most important thing about football are the relationships with your friends and your teammates and they go beyond the field.
I think everyone should be very compassionate and empathetic toward some very difficult things that are happening."