Stop us if you’ve heard this before: Antonio Brown wants another chance.
“First and foremost,” Brown posted on Instagram, “I’d like to apologize to my family, friends and anyone who I offended.”
Observation No. 1: His English seems to be improved since he went back to Central Michigan. A few months ago, he requested help for an assignment thusly: “My English paper do by tonight 12am. “Need a prof reader make sure As and Bs #Eng303.”
Tomorrow, the dean’s list.
Observation No. 2: He has friends?
“I never once meant to make anyone feel like I wasn’t thankful and appreciative of the opportunity that I was afforded to play the game I love,” he wrote.
Observation No. 3: He has a funny way of being appreciative, ditching day after day of mandatory practices and meetings with the Raiders during training camp last summer.
“I do take full responsibility for my actions and I’m working everyday to repair what I broke, he wrote.”
Observation No. 4: Some of “what I broke” had legal ramifications. The NFL opened an investigation after Brown’s first tour of duty with the Patriots. If the league has come to any conclusions, it is keeping it quiet.
“To the organizations that I offended,” he wrote in conclusion. “I offer my sincere apology to you and my hope is that you forgive and help me move on from this minor setback.”
You mean the sexual assault allegations? The rental properties he trashed? The fact he ripped on players, coaches and team officials on social media? You mean that minor setback?
Observation last: TMZ reported that Tom Brady “liked” Brown’s Instagram post.
You can add 1 + 1 + 1 can’t you? The Patriots are the NFL’s alpha franchise. Their offense has fallen into profound disrepair. The whole scene during New England’s loss to the Houston Texans last Sunday night was positively other-wordly. Brady was pouting and yelling at his teammates on the sideline. Coach Bill Belichick put the “grim” in grimace.
A reunion of the three protagonists would be high-risk, fraught with dysfunctional undertones, and at the potential cost of their dignity and legacies.
As a bonus, it’s the only way they can get to where they want to be come the postseason. It says here they won’t be able to resist. Not in a month of Sundays.
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