How Bill Belichick Dealt With Questions About Antonio Brown, Mental Health

It’s easy to make fun of Antonio Brown about what happened in New York on Sunday, but could the (now-former) Tamp Bay Buccaneers recipient be going through something serious, like a mental crisis?

Speculation about such things should not be made until all the facts are known. However, many have used the context of Brown’s career, Tom Brady’s post-game remarks, and what we know about CTE to suggest that Brown’s problems go beyond being irritable.

During his Monday morning WEEI interview, “The Greg Hill Show,” Bill Belichick was asked about Brown, as well as how the Patriots and other NFL teams deal with mental health.

“This is important to all of us,” said the New England head coach. “We have a number of people who are involved in this area in one way or another. Our medical staff, of course. But you know, there is an awareness of other people in the organization – coaches and other staff and so on. Each of us is different, each of us is unique. We try to have a team structure and we have to work individually with the guys when something comes up. “

Belichick then hinted that Patriots players had mental health issues last season but didn’t go into details. He also offered further thoughts on the subject as a whole.

“You know last year players, you know the situation where … I mean, look, there are several situations,” Belichick said. “But wherever things come up, where we can be helpful, we try to do that. I didn’t really see what happened yesterday so this is not about that, just in general so we try to deal with the psychological side. Very important, and it’s something that everyone is very aware of. We talk about it pretty regularly. Soccer players are tough, they like to block and try to block out distractions and things that could affect them on the soccer field. But at the same time you have to live your life and deal with other things. And so it tries to find this balance. “

In case you missed it, Brown stormed off the field after being benched during the Bucs final win over the Jets and then said to go back into the game. He refused, threw his gear on the stands and ran towards the locker room while buoying the MetLife stadium crowd.

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