When we last left off with Antonio Brown, on Monday, he was saying he was done with football. This was at least the second time he has said this was the case, in addition to the other time he threatened to retire over the prohibition of his helmet. As many suspected at the time, this was not quite the end of the football road for him. On Wednesday night, the wide receiver posted an open letter to Roger Goodell on Instagram:
“I have complied with each and every ask of your investigations throughout the past 11 months. You have had access to all of my phones, you know what the deal is in each and every situation that the media has distorted,” Brown wrote in the caption. “I have been seeing the therapist you asked me to, I have worked on all aspects of my life this past year and have become a better man because of it. The fact that you refuse to provide a deadline and the reason for the fact you won’t resolve your investigations is completely unacceptable. I demand you provide me clarity on this situation immediately if you really care about my wellbeing. My legal team continues to ask and you provide no answers. How is it that the league can just drag it’s feet on any investigation it chooses on players and we just have to sit there in limbo? Need an update so I can talk to these teams properly, they’re waiting on you @nfl let’s get this thing moving! We’ve got history to make!! #Himmothy”
If you know anything about the NFL, they don’t allow anyone to dictate a timeline at them. In a weird way, this is probably a test to see if Brown will lash out. While this response isn’t as dramatic as it could be, he may be failing the NFL’s test just because there does not seem to be a high level of contrition on his part.
Whether we will see Brown again in the NFL remains to be seen, but this Instagram post indicates that he would like to play again if the league will let him and a team will sign him.