Antonio Brown rejects comparison with Colin Kaepernick: ‘He was treated well’


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Antonio Brown brought up Colin Kaepernick in a recent podcast interview when he discussed how his free agency was going this offseason following his release by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in January.

Brown spoke to June Archer on ThisIs50.com in an episode released Wednesday.

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Antonio Brown and Tom Brady of the Buccaneers celebrate their touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys at Raymond James Stadium on September 9, 2021 in Tampa, Florida.
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When Archer tried to talk about Kaepernick and Brown’s free agency, the wide receiver dismissed any kind of comparison between him and the quarterback who hasn’t played since 2016.

“Colin Kaepernick not AB. Colin Kaepernick not even from the neighborhood. He’s not even from Liberty City. So I don’t even want to mention his name,” the independent catcher said. “AB is a valuable football player. AB had stats last year, touchdowns.”

Brown grew up in Liberty City, a neighborhood in Miami. In 2019, Brown opened up about the gang violence that surrounded him, but he was determined not to be defined by the negative environment and said he was lucky to have a support system around him to lead him on the path of football.

Archer started talking about how Kaepernick was ‘treated’ and Brown cut him off, saying the free agent quarterback has generally been treated well since leaving the 49ers, specifically mentioning the documentary he made. with Netflix and aired last year on the streaming platform.

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Colin Kaepernick participates in a free throw exhibition at Michigan Stadium on April 2, 2022 in Ann Arbor.

Colin Kaepernick participates in a free throw exhibition at Michigan Stadium on April 2, 2022 in Ann Arbor.
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“He was treated well,” Brown said. “He got (a) Netflix documentary. Don’t twist it. You see that’s the wrong thing about the world. We’re thinking, ‘Oh, Kaepernick was treated so badly because they won’t let him play. football. Yeah, they didn’t let him play football, they gave him commercials. They gave him money. I’m not trying to tell you what ‘they’ did, I’m telling you the reality of what happened.”

Brown clearly distinguished between himself and Kaepernick.

“Kaepernick, I feel like he’s a great guy. He stood up for a great cause but he doesn’t get it. He’s not from Liberty City. He’s not even built like that. Guys like me, they ban you. They don’t even get to give you contracts. They don’t even want to deal with you. I’m not really an icon right now. You don’t see them writing books about me,” did he declare.

“You tell me, yo Colin Kaepernick, what’s he been doing? What’s he doing right now? Do you see him? I’m on the street right now everyday – people see me. They’re excited. You know why? Because I make them feel good. They can relate. They know what’s really going on. But they know I keep smiling and getting over it.

“Colin Kaepernick created all the commotion and then went around the corner. I’m in front of people every day.”

Kaepernick sparked a firestorm during the 2016 season when he took a knee during the national anthem to protest racial and social injustice. He was fired after the season and failed to hang on to another team. He accused NFL owners of collaborating to keep him out of the league – which was settled.

Antonio Brown looks on during the Atlanta Hawks-Los Angeles Clippers game at State Farm Arena on March 11, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Antonio Brown looks on during the Atlanta Hawks-Los Angeles Clippers game at State Farm Arena on March 11, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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He has since tried to get back on a team after comparing the NFL Draft to a slave auction, calling for the abolition of prisons and supporting funding for the police movement.

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Brown was released by the Buccaneers after storming the field in a game in January.


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