Antonio Brown had 101 receiving yards against the Carolina Panthers in his first game back from a three-game suspension for lying about his vaccination status with a fake card. After the 32-6 win, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver made it clear that he believes the media deserves much of the blame for his frequent trouble.
“It’s a lot of drama you guys create, a lot of drama people create who want stuff from me,” Brown said, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “That’s a part of life, a part of being in the position. I can’t control what people want from me, what people write about me.”
Brown, 33, went to seven Pro Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers before a sudden and explosive divorce with the team that culminated with the receiver getting traded to the Oakland Raiders in 2019. He never played for the team and was released following a run-in with Raiders general manager Mike Mayock.
Brown resurfaced with the New England Patriots but only played one game before he was released due to allegations of sexual misconduct.
The Buccaneers signed Brown in October 2020, and Tampa Bay coach Bruce Arians said that he’d release the receiver “if he screws up one time.” Arians walked back that comment after the three-game suspension and told ESPN that he won’t release Brown because the “only thing I care about is this football team.”