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Tom Brady associating Antonio Brown with Simone Biles and Calvin Ridley is very uncomfortable | You Pod to Win the Game

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Yahoo Sports’ Charles Robinson and Shalise Manza Young discuss the never ending saga of Antonio Brown. On his own podcast on Monday, Tom Brady indicated the Brown is dealing with a mental health issue, and then associated Brown with gymnast Simone Biles and Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley, who both have acknowledged they have struggled with their mental health. Shalise and Charles are uncomfortable with this correlation, and don’t want Brown to receive a pass considering Brown’s violent past. Hear the full conversation on the You Pod to Win the Game podcast. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher or wherever you listen.

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SHALISE MANZA YOUNG: Brady, his podcast, he was on his podcast that I think he does on Mondays, and was speaking in a way where he indicated there actually is some kind of mental health issue. He spoke, like, affirmatively that there is some sort of mental health issue going on with Antonio, and went and launched into that compassion thing, again, that we're supposed to have compassion for Antonio Brown.

It was a deeply uncomfortable-- and I texted you earlier. Brady is bringing up Simone Biles and Calvin Ridley, and associating them with Antonio Brown. And I was literally yelling at my radio as I'm listening to this audio because it's very, very uncomfortable.

First of all, if indeed Antonio has been seeking help for some sort of mental health issue, that's Antonio's thing to tell, not Tom's.

CHARLES ROBINSON: Sure.

SHALISE MANZA YOUNG: So that's uncomfortable. But also, since we don't know for sure that that's happening, Simone Biles came out and yes, she was having some mental health issues. She was having crushing mental health issues, in large part because the very organization that she was competing for and had been competing for let her be molested by a predator.

CHARLES ROBINSON: Right.

SHALISE MANZA YOUNG: And then also she was having some issues with losing her place in space, and could have gotten physically injured. You know, Calvin Ridley gets dragged into this. He hasn't played in weeks because he's addressing some sort of mental health issue. Antonio has a history of violence. He has a history of temper tantrums. Those, it made me uncomfortable and angry, because as you said on Sunday night, it's like you're trying to give him this "get out of jail free" card, because if we say he has mental health issues, then it doesn't matter how he behaves. And I'm sorry, that's not how it goes.

You know, I looked up statistics, and people who do have serious mental health issues, diagnosed mental health issues, they're not usually violent. And this is a man who has rape allegation, other sexual assault issues, and was violent towards women, the mothers of his children on multiple occasions. So it's just hard.

And then when you bring in the football aspect of it, part of me does wonder if he really does have a mental health issue. And this is where it gets murky. Is it the optics of Bruce Arians saying, well, screw this kid, and the league saying, well, hold on a second. If this is truly tied to his mental health, and we've been trying to come off as a kinder, gentler NFL that actually cares about player health and safety, we can't just kick this guy to the curb because of bipolar or schizophrenia or whatever the case may be. So it's all a mess.

CHARLES ROBINSON: And that could be-- you know, as you said, that could be this idea of the designation. And if there is some sort of mental illness that's now diagnosed or whatever, or has been diagnosed and the team knew about it, and they feel like this is an extension of it, then yeah, I could see how the team's like, well, how do we designate this? We better talk to the league, because we can't-- I absolutely could buy into that being part of it.

And it would explain the void of information when you talk to people. The union has to be careful about certain aspects of what they get into with the players, right? Teams have to be careful, and the league has to be careful, right? And so that would line up with why there's this sort of odd void of information here.

You know, I think one thing, too, when Tom brought up Simone Biles and Calvin Ridley, I think what bothered me about that comparison was they were two individuals who removed themselves. They said, look, I'm not right here, something's wrong, I need to step away and take care of this, OK? And Antonio has never actively, that we have seen, removed himself from a situation and said, I have a mental health component of what's going on right now, I need to handle this, I need to step away and address it.

Another component of it, too, is this idea of compassion. Well, he's been extended a lot of compassion, OK? You can't tell me people have not been compassionate toward him. When he left Pittsburgh and he went to the Raiders, and things went awry with the Raiders, New England stepped up immediately, OK, and gave him a lot of money. And Tom let him live in his house.

And then so then when things go awry with New England, and really, really badly, and he seemed to turn on everybody but Tom, you still had the Saints worked him out, right? The Seahawks took a long look at him. You still had teams that were like, hey, we're not just shutting you out. The league didn't-- it wasn't Colin Kaepernick, and the next day, couldn't get anybody to return a call or have any interest whatsoever.

And then Tom brings him back into the fold, you know? And brings him back in the fold with a team that Arians had previously said, no, I'm not adding that guy to the locker room.

SHALISE MANZA YOUNG: Yeah, he already knew.

CHARLES ROBINSON: You know, Tom got those lines redrawn. Right, Arians knew because he was in Pittsburgh with him. So there has been an immense amount of-- at some point, OK--

SHALISE MANZA YOUNG: The other thing that's-- sorry. The other thing that's hard is, you know, you bring up Biles and Ridley and other athletes who have talked about that. Antonio's behavior since he ran off the field on Sunday hasn't exactly been the behavior of somebody who is potentially in a mental health crisis. He's sitting courtside at a Nets game the next day.

So I mean, I'm not a professional, mental health professional, I don't understand how all of those conditions work. But if somebody were in a mental health crisis, and you would hope-- and now I sound like some of these people on Twitter. Like, should he have been rolling in a chauffeured Suburban or whatever it was? It's just--

CHARLES ROBINSON: It's hard--

SHALISE MANZA YOUNG: At the end of the day, we have three or four years of evidence where it's close to impossible to give him the benefit of the doubt.