Brown’s attorney, Sean Burstyn, explained: “The proposal was that Antonio would basically sit on the sidelines, go on some list and commit himself to some form of intensive mental health treatment, and we’ve been specifically asked twice by the general manager.” I was told: ‘Don’t spin it any other way.'”
Burstyn also said: “Any of this is coming from a spin that Antonio had a spontaneous psychotic episode, it’s annoying and it’s hurtful and it’s a disservice to people who suffer from mental health challenges. . We all have our difficulties.”
When asked by Gumbel if Brown thinks he needs mental health support, Brown replied: “I have mental wealth. I know a lot of people can’t understand me, know that I can’t get over things.” I don’t know or know how I react to emotional things, but it’s not for them to understand me.
“I have a beautiful family, kids and people all over the world who look up to me. And there’s no reason I’m in this position at the moment.”
Brown had earlier said in a statement that he left the sport due to an ankle injury. He said the team was aware of his injury, which the Books denied.
Brown also tells Gumbel that head coach Bruce Arian is lying when he says he was not told about Brown’s injured ankle during a Jets game.
When asked about the allegations, the team cited previous statements issued to CNN on Brown—none of which addressed payment for mental health treatment.
Brown was released by the Bucs shortly after the incident.
In the days following the incident, Arian claimed that Brown left the field because he was angry at not getting enough balls in his eyes. However, Brown disputed those claims.
Brown said, ‘I am not worried about the ball. “Tom Brady is my guy. That’s why I’m on Tampa Bay, so I know I’ll get the ball.”