NFL commissioner Roger Goodell doesn't think Antonio Brown is a lost cause.
"We want to help [Brown] Get on the right track and put him in a position where he is in the zone where he believes to be successful in life, ”said 60-year-old Goodell at his balance sheet press conference on Wednesday before Super Bowl 2020 took place.
“We are confident that this can happen. I think the first thing for all of us to think about Antonio's well-being is to understand what Antonio is going through. We don't talk publicly about the wellbeing of our players, but I want to tell you that you can be sure that the NFL and the NFL Players Association have an enormous amount of resources available to all players. They will be made available to Antonio. "
The seven-time fall of Pro Bowler from grace has been widely published.
The free agent was released by the Patriots on September 20 after playing only one game. The NFL is investigating allegations that he sexually assaulted former coach Britney Taylor three times. Taylor's civil lawsuit is still pending.
A vulgar domestic argument with ex-girlfriend Chelsie Kyriss on January 13 led Brown to throw gummy bears at the police who responded to the scene outside his Hollywood, Florida home. He has three children with Kyriss, who begged Brown for help in an emotional Instagram message.
Brown was released on January 16 by longtime agent Drew Rosenhaus. Rosenhaus sent a letter to the NFL Players Association hoping to work with him in the future, but not until he got help. His lawyer, Darren Heitner, also left the same day as a lawyer. Heitner had represented Brown in a tenant lawsuit against Acqualina 1401, LLC at the Miami-Dade District Court, according to ESPN.
Brown turned to Florida law enforcement on January 24, the day after an arrest warrant was issued against him. According to the police report, Brown and his trainer Glenn Holt had an argument with a moving truck driver after refusing to pay $ 4,000. He was charged with theft of batteries, theft of an unmanned transport, and criminal mischief. Though his house arrest was released on Tuesday, a $ 110,000 bail remains. He has to undergo a mental exam and random drug tests and hand over his passport, weapons and ammunition.
"I was in a bad position," he told USA Today Sports on Tuesday. "I'm out now, man. Unfortunate situation, but we don't make excuses and we will make the best of it."
The 31-year-old Brown has expressed remorse for some of his past actions, but flip-flops between weak conciliatory messages and unpredictable finger gestures.
Brown also called the league "racist" and claimed that the NFL's investigation into him was biased. Nevertheless, he hopes to return to football one day and be a role model for children.
"I'll make her proud, man," said Brown. "I plan to return to the NFL."
On Wednesday afternoon, Brown posted a photo on Instagram of Tom Brady, a Patriots quarterback and himself, with the message: “Do you want to play more than ever?
"We want to work on it, and in our view, this is the first step, and the first step is to make sure that we do everything we can to help Antonio," said Goodell.