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Details Revealed on Antonio Brown’s Bankruptcy Filing

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Former Steelers WR Antonio Brown

Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is in the news again, and it has to deal with the former star wideout’s loss of fortune.

According to the Times Union in Albany, N.Y., Brown has filed for bankruptcy and owes eight creditors nearly $3 million. He claims his assets are worth just $50,000 or less, according to court documents. Brown earned over $88 million in his career. 

Sports business writer Tyler Webb did a breakdown on X of how Brown lost a substantial amount of his career earnings. When accounting for taxes, Webb estimates that Brown probably retired with around $50 million in 2021. Obviously, that’s still a lot of money.

Webb’s analysis shows that Brown lost a lot of his assets due to multiple lawsuits and lawyer fees. Unwise financial decisions also surely played a factor. The Times Union reported that Brown has $100,000+ in credit card debt and owes $296 to a plumber. Brown also had to settle with private chefs and moving companies several times for unpaid wages as high as $38,000.

According to the court filings, Brown is also unable to pay at least three six-figure civil suits he’s lost.

Brown bought 47.5% of the Albany Empire for $350,000 in March of 2023. Soon after, the team was kicked out of the National Arena League because Brown failed to pay a $1,000 fine. Brown also failed to pay his coaches and staff, although a lawsuit was never filed.

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN – NOVEMBER 24: Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) and Pittsburgh Steelers Wide Receiver Antonio Brown (84) walk onto the field during an NFL football game between the Pittsburg Steelers and the Indianapolis Colts on November 24, 2016, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis IN.The Pittsburg Steelers defeated the Indianapolis Colts 28-7. (Photo by Jeffrey Brown/Icon Sportswire)

Brown, 35, became one of the most dominant receivers in NFL history in his time with the Steelers from 2010-18, but since then has caused a slew of on- and off-the-field issues, including several lawsuits, arrests, sexual assault allegations, and a lengthy suspension. His last on-field game came in 2021, where he ran shirtless off the field against the New York Jets.

Brown has ventured into the music industry as a rapper in his post-career. He also has his own media network called CTESPNNetwork, where he does podcasts and sells merchandise. His only interview so far has been with Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill.

Brown has appeared as a guest on prominent podcasts in recent months. He did a one-on-one interview with VladTV in February and just recently did an interview with Jason Whitlock.