Even if you don’t keep up with sports, it’s been hard to escape the latest news about Antonio Brown. For the past couple of the weeks, the wide receiver has been embroiled in drama on and off the field. Though his troubles began before this month, things have been cascading and resulted in him being cut from two NFL teams in the past two weeks.
On Friday, O.J. Simpson—of all people—chimed in with some advice for the embattled Brown. People weren’t expecting that, but over a million people clicked play to hear what he had to say. Check it out.
Simpson took a minute out of his day to speak
Standing on a golf course and greeting the world of Twitter, Simpson says he was tempted to text Brown the other day with his thoughts. He didn’t, and instead posted this video on his account with the caption, “Why @AB84? Why,” addressing him directly.
At first, Simpson briefly discusses his personal fantasy football list and how things have shifted for some of his players. Then, he states he wanted to share words of wisdom he received from legal experts in his circle.
“When you’re in a civil or criminal litigation, the best thing you can do is say nothing. Be quiet. Essentially shut up. And if his lawyer didn’t give him that advice, he should sue that lawyer.”
Do Brown and Simpson have anything in common?
Why yes, yes, they do. They’ve both played in the NFL and they’ve both been engaged in highly publicized criminal and civil court cases. We all know why Simpson’s been in trouble, and the 72-year-old was released from prison in 2017 after serving nine years for a robbery case.
Brown, who was drafted to Pittsburgh in 2010, has had his share of troubles. CBS Sports went down a timeline of his most recent offenses, and the legal problems—along with team issues—started mounting in 2018.
In October of that year, he allegedly tossed items from a balcony and almost injured a child. He’s being sued for the incident.
November saw him get a speeding ticket for doing 100 mph, but in December he bailed on team practices with the Steelers after getting into a feud with the Bengals’ Ben Roethlisberger. He was benched.
In March, he was traded to the Oakland Raiders. Practices began in July but he skipped out for weeks due to several reasons including a dispute over his helmet.
This month, he posted contents of a letter and private conversations on Instagram from team bosses, and after fining Brown twice, the Raiders cut him on Sept. 7. Brown cited concerns over concussion injuries.
The New England Patriots signed a one-year deal with him. But following accusations of sexual assault and a civil suit, they agreed to investigate the claims. Several accusers have come forward and Brown could face criminal charges.
The latest on Brown is that he’s quit the league
According to ABC News, on Sept. 20, the Patriots announced they were cutting ties with the athlete. He played one game with them.
“We appreciate the hard work of many people over the past 11 days, but we feel that it is best to move in a different direction at this time.”
During the past few months, Brown has hurled verbal jabs and insults at various general managers, coaches, and team owners along the way. On Friday, Brown then posted on Twitter that he’s officially quitting the NFL.
It’s also the same day that Simpson posted his advice. In spite of being mired in controversy, Brown continues to air his grievances on social media. Additionally, he allegedly sent intimidating texts to one of his accusers.
While Simpson’s video racked up over 1.5 million views, it’s unclear whether Brown got the message.