Antonio Brown Made a Startling and Anti-Semitic Comparison, but It Isn't His First Controversy

What happened to Antonio Brown? After a jarring comment, the NFL player is facing criticism, but this isn't even the first time. Here's what we know.


Sep. 26 2023, Updated 10:09 p.m. ET

Antonio Brown visiting the SiriusXM Studios on April 27, 2022
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The Gist:

  • Antonio Brown is making headlines yet again for all of the wrong reasons.
  • He compared Steelers Offensive Coordinator Matt Canada to Adolf Hitler.
  • He made the comments on Yom Kippur, which is the holiest day in Judaism.
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Content warning: This article contains allegations of domestic battery.

In September 2023, Antonio Brown is once again under fire. This time, he began comparing Steelers Offensive Coordinator Matt Canada to Adolf Hitler by posting a photo of Matt with a drawn-on mustache. Antonio appears to have drawn the facial hair to resemble that of Hitler before following up the post with a Tweet saying "Adolf Canada."

Worse yet, he made the posts on Yom Kippur, the holiest day in Judaism.

“Matt Canada is a terrible offensive coordinator. Last week we scored six points in four quarters,” Antonio said in a video ahead of a football game. “I think I should call the plays being that I am an offensive schemer and I am putting the players in the best position to emphasize their skills. Check me out: AB, offensive coordinator.”

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Antonio Brown at Floyd Mayweather's birthday bash at The Gabriel Miami South Beach on Feb. 24, 2022
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Antonio Brown was previously arrested for domestic battery.

After a tumultuous career in the NFL, Antonio has been in the news but for mainly bad reasons. Multiple reports on Dec. 1, 2022, suggested that a warrant was issued for Brown's arrest, which naturally led many to wonder what happened to him. Looking at the details in the report, though, it seems that the warrant was issued after an alleged domestic battery incident.

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The incident took place at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 28, 2022, and involved Brown and an unidentified woman in South Tampa, Fla.

"At some point later on, the argument turned physical, after the suspect threw a shoe at the victim," a police statement said. "The suspect also attempted to evict the victim from the residence and locked her out of the home."

Brown was wanted on suspicion of battery, and the warrant for his arrest was issued by a court. Few additional details about the incident were available, but it was just the latest story in Brown's spiral out of a career in the NFL. Of course, many are naturally wondering who the woman Brown was arguing with is, but that information has yet to be disclosed.

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He didn't face charges for the incident. “The SAO analyzed this new information along with the body worn camera video recorded at the scene, the Child Protective Services investigation, and the denial of a law enforcement’s Temporary Risk Protection Order and determined we could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt a battery took place,” State Attorney’s Office in Tampa said in a statement.

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In August 2023, Antonio was issued another warrant for unpaid child support. According to TMZ, he missed a $15,000 payment to his ex, Wiltrice Jackson. She also previously accused him in 2019 of shoving her.

What was the Antonio Brown pool video?

In 2022, a video surfaced of Brown in a hotel pool. He was seen with a woman splashing in the water before dunking her into the depths. A narrator in the video said that it seemed like Brown was trying to 'waterboard' her.

Also in the video, Brown is seen flashing his bare rear-end to hotel guests.

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Why did Antonio Brown leave the NFL?

Before this incident, many NFL fans were already confused by Brown's decision to leave the NFL, which seemed to come to him in the middle of a game.

During a Week 17 game against the Jets, Brown left the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' sideline and ran into the locker room. He abandoned his gear, and Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians said that Brown had been cut from the team following the incident.

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Brown eventually claimed that he was cut from the team because he refused to play with an ankle injury.

"I know we were losing to the Jets and that was frustrating for all of us. But I could not make football plays on that ankle," Brown later said in a statement released by his attorney. "Yes, I walked off the field. But there's a major difference between launching from the line and taking hits, compared to jogging off the field with a rush of emotions going through your mind. I am reflecting on my reaction, but there was a trigger."

"The trigger was someone telling me that I'm not allowed to feel pain," he continued. "I acknowledge my past. But my past does not make me a second-class citizen. My past does not forfeit my right to be heard when I am in pain."

Brown hasn't played in the NFL since.

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What is Antonio Brown doing now?

Ever since Brown left the NFL, he has continuously been involved in controversies. This means a return to the NFL is unlikely. Now, he's pursuing a career in music under the name Paradigm. After releasing an album, he's promoted his work through live shows.

He became connect with controversial rapper Kanye West through the sporting brand Donda Sports. Plus, Brown tried to venture into real estate, too.

Who is Antonio Brown's wife?

Brown is not currently married, but he has six children with three different women. Four of his children are with Chelsie Kyriss, and he has two other children with two other women.

It's unclear whether the domestic violence arrest warrant involved on of his child's mothers or with some other woman.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.

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