Antonio Brown on Friday expressed remorse for a series of missteps he made both on and off the field in the past year.
In a wide-ranging interview with Josina Anderson of ESPN, the star wide receiver faulted himself for many of the issues that have kept him out of the NFL since September.
“I think I owe the whole NFL an apology and my past behavior,” Brown told Anderson. “I think I could have done a lot of things better.”
Brown spoke two days after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the league’s No. 1 concern is Brown’s well-being, not his potential return to the league.
In January alone, Brown was arrested and charged with felony burglary with battery, burglary of an unoccupied conveyance and criminal mischief stemming from an incident with a moving truck driver in Hollywood, Florida, and he verbally abused members of the Hollywood Police Department after they responded to a separate domestic disturbance at his home.
“I was pleased to hear that after 140 days that there was some positivity about me because as of late I’ve just been the cancer of the NFL,” Brown said, referencing Goodell’s comments at his state-of-the-league address Wednesday. “The problem child, the guy who gets in trouble, the kind of guy who has the bad narrative about him.”
Asked whether he believed Goodell, Brown told Anderson: “I’ll believe it when we see it.”
Asked whether he needs mental health help, Brown added: “We all need mental help.”
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