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Former Buccaneers’ WR Antonio Brown blasts x 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick

While some may see the former 49ers QB as a civil rights activist, Brown isn’t even close to convinced that’s the case.

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Former Buccaneers’ WR Antonio Brown blasts x 49ers QB Colin Kapernick

The former Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ wide receiver had a lot to say about the controversial quarterback who still remains a player without a team

Antonio Brown criticizes Colin Kaepernick

When it comes to Colin Kaepernick, there have been many varying ideas as to who he is and what he stands for. In truth, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback has garnered some extreme opinions since he infamously took the decision to kneel during the playing of the National Anthem of the USA before a game, a decision which resulted in his sanctioning and finally prohibition from playing. Since that time Kaepernick has gone from being a target which former United States President Donald Trump has directly criticized, to a representative for freedom of expression. Regardless the former QB has continued to divide opinion, which brings us to former Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown. Never one to shy away from sharing his thoughts - even more so recently - Brown recently gave his view on the out of work QB.

“He don’t wanna play, man,” Brown said recently. “He was trash, everything,” said Brown when speaking about the idea that Kaepernick may have profitted from his on-field protests. “Kaepernick did all that and took the money and then got the commercial,” Brown said. “We don’t see Kaepernick outside. Where he at? I ain’t never seen him outside. He already took the money, all that’s Kap. We ain’t respecting that, bro. You took the money, the commercials. We don’t see you outside. We don’t see him in the hood. He don’t do nothing.” It should be noted that Kaepernick donated $1 million to multiple charities including inner city organizations that address the needs of at risk youths. “He not even from the hood, you don’t even been in the trenches,” Brown said. “We like Kaepernick and all, but we ain’t really on that. As Black people we need to get that clear because when he have moments, ain’t nobody giving us no nothing. He took the handout, so he got to take the mayor out and take responsibility for that.”

Has the NFL treated Colin Kaepernick badly?

Though there are many differing views where Colin Kaepernick is concerned, Antonio Brown was absolutely clear about whether or not the former 49ers signal caller deserves sympathy. Indeed, Brown made it clear that he was not in agreement with the idea that the QB had been mistreated by the league, in fact Brown actually took issue with the host who seemed to insinuate that it was the case. “He’s been treated good,” Brown said. “He got (a) Netflix documentary - don’t get it twisted - see that’s the wrong thing about the world, we think, ‘Oh Kaepernick treated so bad because they don’t let him play football.’ Yeah, they didn’t let him play football, they gave him commercials, they gave him money.”

Harsh as it may seem Brown didn’t stop there, in fact the former Bucs’ WR went further as he explained that Kaepernick could never understand someone like him due to the fact that they are not from the same world. “Kaepernick, he’s a great guy, he stood for a great cause but he don’t understand,” Brown said. “He’s not from Liberty City, he ain’t even built like that. Dudes like me, they ban you. They don’t even give you contracts, they don’t even want to deal with you. I’m not really an icon right now. You don’t see them writing no books about me.”

Antonio Brown sees things differently

While it would be easy to dismiss the former NFL star as bitter and simply wanting to steal the show, the reality is the former Bucs WR was an incredible player - divisive it’s true - and perhaps in someways is best positioned to give a view on how the league itself deals with players who don’t ‘fall in line.’ Regardless Brown was clear about where he stood when speaking on the difference between Kaepernick and himself. “AB is a valuable football player,” Brown said. “AB had stats last year, touchdowns.”