During his annual Super Bowl week press conference, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell addressed the status of controversial wide receiver Antonio Brown.
Though Brown is not under contract with an NFL team, Goodell said the league is concerned with the 31-year-old’s health and is worried about his well-being.
“In Antonio’s situation, I think the first thing is, for all of us, to think about the well-being of Antonio,” Goodell said. “To understand what Antonio’s going through. We don’t talk about the wellness of our players publicly, but I would tell you that you can be sure that the NFL and the NFLPA have a tremendous amount of resources that are available to all players. They are going to be made available to Antonio. We want to help get him on the right track, and get him in a position where he is in a zone where he thinks he can be successful in life. And we are confident that can happen. We want to work to do that and from our standpoint that’s the first step. The first step is making sure that we’re doing everything to help Antonio.”
Earlier in the week, Brown indicated to USA Today that he’d still like to return to the NFL.
“I put myself in a bad predicament,’’ he told the publication. “I’m out of it now, man. Unfortunate situation, but we don’t make excuses and we’re going to make the best of it. I’m planning to come back to the NFL.’’
Despite what Brown wants, it seems increasingly likely he may have played his last down in the NFL. That said, the XFL, which will begin its comeback season the week after the Super Bowl, is always an option.
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