by Alex Poletti
Photo by Michael Reaves / Getty Images file
Former NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown spoke out on Tuesday, accusing the league of conspiracy after he was, in his eyes, snubbed for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, which was presented to Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell on Saturday for his excellence on and off the field.
“I let the Chiefs and 49ers have their moment, now it’s my time,” Brown says. “This is an outrage. I was the obvious choice for this award. My outstanding character traits are clearly charity and humility. Because that’s how fucking great I am.”
Despite playing in just one game for the Patriots this year amidst a sexual assault scandal, the former Pro Bowler believes the league met behind closed doors and agreed to vote against Brown for the award. Unlikely as it may be, Brown isn’t ready to drop the claims just yet.
“I mean, what did this Calais Campbell guy do anyway?” Brown questions. “Create a foundation in the name of his late father which teaches life skills to children that otherwise wouldn’t have access to such an education? That’s some real bullshit right there.”
While the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year is usually given to someone with a charitable history and a friendly personality, Brown shouldn’t be completely overlooked. He did, after all, give the street a free sofa when he tossed it out of his apartment window in 2019. He also gave the world a chance to hear him sing “My Prerogative” in a hippo outfit on “The Masked Singer.”
“If they really want a guy who represents what the league is all about, Calais was the wrong choice,” Brown continues. “If they’re just looking for someone who gives to charity and helps the community, then sure, go with him. But if you’re trying to award someone who is a true ambassador for the league and its message, I’m your guy. I’ve got CTE, I’ve been charged for sexual assault and I just got arrested. I’m the best example of what the NFL produces.”
While there is no cash prize for winning the award, Brown told The Second String that he is seeking a settlement akin to the one given to Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid got prior to in March of 2019.