Antonio Brown left thousands of Albany Empire fans disappointed by no showing his Arena Football League debut.
Brown announced his intention earlier this month of suiting up for the Albany Empire of the Arena Football League. However, fans were disappointed when Brown didn’t show up.
Brown’s excuse for not playing was that he didn’t want to go around “proper procedures” to make his debut. Here’s what he said,
“There’s proper procedures you’ve got to do to play football,” Brown said, via WNYT’s Rodger Wyland. “You’ve got to pass the coach, the commissioner. You’ve got to be in physical condition. You can’t just pop up, so I’ve got to get my feet wet. We’ve got to get the proper equipment. We’ve got to do the right thing.”
Brown certainly could’ve overridden these procedures as a part of the team’s ownership.
There’s no word on whether he’s planning to play in future games.
Antonio Brown made headlines last week as his agent suggested that NFL teams were showing some “genuine” interest in the former star.
We suspect that “interest” will wane if he can’t even suit up for an Arena Football League game.
Brown last played in the NFL for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when he notoriously walked off the field mid-game against the Jets.
Despite his agent’s claims, the soon-to-be 35-year-old likely brings too much baggage to the table draw much interest from NFL teams.
Brown is a six-time Pro Bowler, but hasn’t received a selection since 2018.