Student Perspectives: What does future hold for Antonio Brown?

DeJuan Van Dyke-McLain is a junior mass communication major from Fayetteville, Georgia.  

Could Antonio Brown’s behavior cost him the Hall of Fame?

Brown has been in the limelight for quite a while. From the Raiders signing Brown, to him claiming to be done with the NFL, all have been a big ordeal. 

Starting around Aug. 4, Brown began discussing information on his injury being day-to-day. Brown would make comments about how excited he was to be a Raider and showing how he could be a good teammate. 

Unfortunately, things began to change when he had a problem wearing a helmet he was not comfortable with. It took Brown a while to find a helmet he was comfortable with, but it didn’t stop the continuous problems. 

Shortly after the helmet situation, the news media began to report that Brown had got into it with Raider general manager Michael Mayock. This debacle led to another report that Brown threatened to hit Mayock. 

With all this building up, Brown was showing a sense of anarchy; like he is bigger than the Raiders organization or bigger than the NFL. 

After dealing with near suspensions, numerous fines, and the problems with the head coach, people began to add their two cents about how Brown was acting. 

Brown, of course, took no consideration from anybody and while slowly approaching Week 1 of the NFL season, Brown asked to be released. The Raiders voided his $29 million contract and never paid him his bonus. 

Shortly after — not even the next day — Brown announced on social media that he will be signing with the New England Patriots. There he ran into another situation, dealing with sexual harassment and rape allegations. 

As the investigation continued, Brown made his Patriots debut in Week 2 against Miami. 

Just when you thought Brown had found a new home, things changed quickly right before week 3. 

The Patriots released Brown and head coach Bill Belichick unexpectedly walking out a press conference filled with questions about Brown and his situation.

Brown, along with his agent, took to social media that he was thankful for the short stay in New England and that he is looking forward to his next opportunity in the NFL. 

Then on Sept. 22, Brown announced he was done with the NFL and a day later announced that he will be re-enrolling into college. 

Sadly due to his recent and past behaviors, things might not go as planned for Brown and his future Hall of Fame intentions. 

What’s next for Brown? Will his behavior hinder him from ever returning to the NFL?

Will his career before all this happened — and in spite of all that has happened — be enough to earn him that coveted seat in the NFL Hall of Fame?