It makes a kind of sick sense that disgraced NFL star Antonio Brown would turn to Floyd Mayweather for a pep talk.
Of course Mayweather believes if you have outstanding ability in your sport, you should continue to get paid millions of dollars to perform — despite a history of alleged violence, particularly against women. After all, that’s the controversial boxing legend’s story, too.
“They need to let you play in the NFL, man,” Mayweather told Brown over Instagram Live, as recorded by TMZ. “They need to stop worrying about what you do on the outside. You can get arrested 40 times, 50 times. Do that got something to do with you catching the ball or what you doing on the field?”
Brown, 31, has been in NFL exile since September, when the All-Pro wide receiver was cut by the New England Patriots in the wake of multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.
Britney Taylor, Brown’s former trainer, filed a federal lawsuit in which she alleged Brown sexually assaulted her twice in 2017 and raped her in 2018. Another woman said Brown sent her threatening text messages after she went public to Sports Illustrated with details of how Brown allegedly subjected her to sexual harassment.
Among other run-ins with police, cops were called to Brown’s home in January because of a domestic disturbance with his ex, and Brown was arrested later that month on burglary and criminal mischief charges stemming from an incident with a delivery truck driver.
During their video conversation, Mayweather also mentioned Brown’s beef with the NFL while with the Raiders last summer over what make of helmet he could wear — chalking it up to some kind of corporate-establishment conspiracy — and Tom Brady’s reported support of a reunion with Brown, though Bucs coach Bruce Arians tried to nix that notion earlier this week. Brown likely would face an NFL suspension if he were signed as a free agent.
“Just stay focused, you’ll get back in the NFL,” Mayweather said. “You’ll get back! There’s too much talent for them to let go down the drain!”
Brown replied, “I want to get it back. Tell ’em we can run it back, do this right!”
Mayweather, 43, has been charged in several episodes of domestic violence going back nearly 20 years. He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic assault after attacking ex-girlfriend Josie Harris in front of their children in 2010, and spent two months in jail in 2012. (Harris, who accused Mayweather of abusing her on six occasions, was found dead in her car outside her California home earlier this month.) Within a year of his release from jail, Mayweather had signed a nine-figure deal with Showtime and returned to headlining pay-per-view bouts.
Brown smiled and nodded throughout the talk with Mayweather. Nothing to see here. Just “talent.”
“And that’s where we get things twisted at,” Mayweather said. “Every time I went out there, every time, I produced.”
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