Antonio Brown Feb 13, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; NFL free agent Antonio Brown smiles in the third quarter in Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

It’s no secret that former NFL superstar receiver Antonio Brown has been involved in his fair share of controversies over the years, and it seems like he has a new one involving the arena football team that he owns.

As reported by the Times Union, the Albany Empire, which is owned by Antonio Brown, has not paid its players or coaches since April 21 and faces several suspensions of key players and the head coach leaving the future of the team very uncertain.

“The Empire organization has not paid players or coaches since April 21, according to one of the team’s top players. Coach Damon Ware confirmed the lack of payment and said Monday that he has left the team,” Abigail Rubel wrote for the Times Union on Monday.

“The team is supposed to be paid the Friday following each week’s game; no one received direct deposits on April 28 ahead of Sunday’s game, and the team played the Carolina Cobras in Greensboro, N.C., without pay, one player said, speaking on condition of anonymity,” Rubel continued.

Additionally, several key players are no longer on the team. Wide receiver Darius Prince, quarterback Sam Castronova, lineman Brandon Sesay, defensive back Dwayne Hollis, linebacker Nick Haag and lineman Melvin Hollins were all suspended along with head coach Ware due to an incident on a team bus and none of them will be re-joining the team. Prince was last season’s Most Valuable Player and leads the league in receiving while Hollis, Haag, and Sesay are team captains.

It’s a pretty horrible situation for Brown, and the sports world had plenty to say about it on social media.

It will certainly be interesting to see how Brown handles all of this.

[Times Union]