Irvin explains exactly why he's rooting for AB to succeed.
Former Pro Bowl wide receiver Antonio Brown hasn't done himself any favors of the last year and he has made plenty of enemies along the way, but he still has some supporters out there. Among them, Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin.
TMZ Sports recently caught up with the Dallas Cowboys' legend, who explained that he wants to see Brown make a successful come back so that he can use it as motivation when speaking with kids who grew up like AB in the Miami area.
"I want his story to end well so I can use it as inspiration and motivation for all those other black little kids in the ghettos and in the hells of America that are trying to get out."
Says Irvin (H/T TMZ):
"We as a country get off on the problem because somehow, someway we take that as some kind of self-fulfilling thing that, Hey, he made all this money playing football but at least I'm not making the stupid decisions that he's making now.' And I think that's a sad way to look at it."
"And I'm not gonna let anybody make me think there's something wrong with that."
Brown, 31, is scheduled to meet with NFL investigators this week, and ESPN reports that there are multiple teams interested in signing him, depending on the results of the league's investigation into sexual assault allegations.
He recently filed an NFL-record nine grievances in an effort to recoup all of the money he lost when he was released by the Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots, which works out to approximately $40 million. Thus far, neither team has paid Brown as they wait for the NFL to conclude their investigation.