If you ask any sportswriter about one of the more interesting storylines they’ve covered this season, a good number will mention the Antonio Brown saga. However, the controversial wide receiver will tell everyone who will listen that the media actually did a good job of ruining his opportunity to play in the league due to their coverage of his assault allegations.
Brown talked with ESPN’s Josina Anderson in an explosive interview and emptied his thoughts. He thought that the media painted him as a criminal because of their unfair coverage.
“I feel like I never really got in a conflict with no woman,” Antonio Brown told Anderson. “I just feel like I’m a target so, anybody can come against me and say anything [that] I have to face. There’s no support, there’s no egos, there’s no rules in it, anyone can come after me for anything. No proof or whatever. ‘He said, she’s saying.’
“The media will run with it, so even if I’m not guilty, I already guilty because they already wrote it, put it on TV and put that in people minds. So for me to have to sit here and hear those the allegations of me is just unfair to me every time.”
The sexual assault issue virtually kicked Antonio Brown out of the league throughout the 2019 season. The New England Patriots took a risk on him after forcing his way out off the (then) Oakland Raiders, but the suit against him caused the Pats to let him go.