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

Antonio Brown is returning to action as a player.

The controversial seven-time Pro Bowl receiver, who hasn’t played in the NFL since the 2021 season, will reportedly suit up for the Albany Empire, the National Arena League he has claimed to own (except when there is a controversy about players not being paid; then he claims the team is owned by a “trust”).

Albany’s News Channel 13 reported Wednesday that Brown said he will suit up for the Empire either May 27 or June 17, both home games.

The 34-year-old Brown hasn’t played football since walking off the field in the middle of a game in January 2022. He’s continued to make headlines, however, as he faced an arrest warrant for an unpaid child support issue, made a sexually explicit social media post and threw former teammates under the bus.

In early May, a report stated that players and staff with the Empire had not been paid in two weeks, prompting Brown’s representatives to clarify that Brown doesn’t actually own the team, because it’s in a trust.

Now comes this report he is returning to action. With Brown you never can tell if this is serious or not; last month, he tweeted an image showing him wearing a Las Vegas Raiders jersey with the message, “Excited to return to the NFL this year.”

If nothing else, Brown’s announcement might help drive ticket sales for his team, sorry, the trust’s team. The Empire are only averaging about 2,500 fans per game this season.

The report also notes sources say Brown has been in contact with former NFL MVP Cam Newton about playing for the Empire.

Football fans had fun with Brown’s news, with John Maher noting, “Because players aren’t getting paid so somebody gotta play.”


[News Channel 13]

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