Former Steelers WR Antonio Brown was set to suit up for the Albany Empire on Saturday, but he will not play after the paperwork related to his physical did not go through, according to Rodger Wyland of WNYT.
Brown vowed to play for the Empire, the team that he owns after he complained about the team’s coach and other players. The team has been a revolving door of players and coaches as a result of Brown’s presence. However, this is the latest in the saga of Brown’s ownership that continues to get weirder.
He is still on the team’s 25-man roster but not on the active 21-man roster as a result of the physical paperwork failing to go through on time in order for him to be active. After this week, the team does not have a game until June 9th against the Orlando Predators.
Brown purchased an interest in the team, the successor to the indoor team that his father, “Touchdown” Eddie Brown played for. Eddie Brown is the team’s general manager and Antonio, in an effort to turn around the fortunes of a team struggling at the gate and in the standings, wanted to play for the team. Now, without Brown playing, the team will have to wade into the waters without him.
Yesterday, his agent JR Rickert said that Brown is getting legitimate interest from multiple NFL teams. He has not played since running off the field against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2022.
“He is exploring the right fit,” Rickert said. “I think that he is a multi-talented individual who does everything at a high level, and whatever he commits to, he goes all in.”
Regardless, the Empire need help after they were crushed by the Jacksonville Sharks 79-34 on Saturday night. Brown took to Twitter to flame the team, making the coach resign after the game.