Antonio Brown said in an Instagram Live appearance that former teammate James Harrison gave him CTE.
Harrison was apparently shocked to learn of the former Pittsburgh Steelers receiver’s claims.
Pittsburgh Steelers’ James Harrison walks on the field before the start of a game against the Oakland Raiders at Heinz Field on Nov. 8, 2015, in Pittsburgh. (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
Harrison tweeted the infamous video of Idris Elba choking on a chicken wing during an episode of “Hot Ones,” saying he received 150 text messages Saturday morning.
“I understand why I had 150 text messages this morning,” Harrison wrote.
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Brown said Harrison gave her CTE and caused her “aggressive behavior.”
“I wanted to tell you guys that I think James Harrison gave me CTE. James Harrison had an illegal helmet in the NFL for over 20 years, and he hit me once. And, ever since he hit me, I’ve been super aggressive. So Blame James Harrison for my CTE,” Brown said.
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a brain condition that researchers have determined is caused by repeated blows or multiple blows to the head. It cannot be diagnosed until someone dies.
Although many speculate that Brown’s demeanor changed drastically from helmet-to-helmet impact. However, that hit was given by Vontaze Burfict of the Cincinnati Bengals.
Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown arrives courtside during the second half of an NBA basketball game between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Brooklyn Nets on Jan. 3, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
Brown has had trouble on and off the field in recent years. In the last game he took off his jersey and pads and walked to the MetLife Stadium sideline and was almost immediately released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Domestic charges were brought against him in December. Two months ago, he was ordered to pay more than $1 million to the truck driver for the alleged assault. Last month, he came under fire for posting revealing content of his mother-of-four on his Snapchat account.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown wipes his face as he leaves the field after throwing his equipment into the crowd during his team’s offense during the third quarter of a game against the New York Jets, Jan. 2, 2022, in East Rutherford. NJ (Andrew Mills/NJ Advance Media via AP)
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Brown remains a free agent. Harrison retired after the 2017 season.
Fox News’ Chantz Martin contributed to this story.
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