Elite athletes from tennis superstar Naomi Osaka, swimming sensation Michael Phelps to Olympic gymnast Simone Biles have sparked a global discussion about mental health, but the conversation reignited this past Sunday when Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown stormed off the field during the third quarter.
“Anyone who makes comments about his mental health (including chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) which unfortunately I have heard too many people hypothesize) without interviewing him is being irresponsible,” said Dr. Mitch Abrams, a sport and forensic psychologist and national expert in anger management in sports.
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CTE is a degenerative disease of the brain secondary to repeated trauma of the head that can only be diagnosed on autopsy, according to the Boston University CTE Center.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown wipes his face as he leaves the field after throwing his equipment into the stands while his team is on offense during the third quarter of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J.
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After stripping off his gear, tossing his undershirt into the stands and then storming off the field shirtless on Sunday, head coach Bruce Arians said, “He is no longer a Buc. That’s the end of the story,” with the team officially releasing him today.
However, Brown released a statement through his attorney on Wednesday refuting that he left the game due to a “mental health issue,” but instead blamed a nagging ankle injury that prevented him from playing any longer past the third quarter due to pain.
An MRI on Monday confirmed broken bone fragments, a torn ligament as well as cartilage loss, the statement said
He admitted, “I have stress, I have things I need to work on.”
“But the worst part of this has been the Bucs’ repeated effort to portray this as a random outburst. They are telling people that first I walked off, then I was cut. No. No. No. I was cut first and then I went home. They threw me out like an animal and I refused to wear their brand on my body, so I took my jersey off.”
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The Buccaneers admitted in a statement today that Brown did receive treatment for his ankle and was on the injury report for the week leading up to the game on Sunday, but he was medically cleared to play on Sunday.
“Maintaining the health and wellness of our players is of the utmost importance to our organization,” the team said.
Brown’s latest Sunday outburst was the culmination of a series of incidents relating to his bizarre behavior, including multiple disputes between the NFL and Raiders organization regarding helmet use, sexual assault accusations, felony battery and burglary charges (which he pleaded no contest), and a suspension for using a …….