Free agent NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown certainly has a lot of items that he could put on his resume. After all, he’s an athlete, entrepreneur, influencer, and he’s even launching a fledgling music career. So, he’s kind of a jack-of-all-trades, at least in terms of his fame and visibility.
However, now you can apparently add “foreign national” to his CV.
AB has faced some severe scrutiny during his time away from the NFL. Unfortunately, everything he touches lately turns into a criminal or civil case, almost always involves some sort of bad publicity, or simply poor judgement on the part of the 34-year-old enigma.
His tenure as the majority owner of the National Arena League’s Albany Empire has been a never-ending nightmare. According to the stories, players weren’t paid and head coach Damon Ware walked out on the team. There was even a rumor that Brown had players locked out of hotel rooms on the road. During this dysfunctional period, he’s also had to try and manage the media as a first-time franchise owner.
Now, the Albany Times Union is reporting that Brown may not really own the team.
“According to documents provided to the Times Union by Brown’s camp, the team is owned by Antonio El-Allah Express Trust Enterprise, and Brown has no personal ownership or control over the team,” the newspaper reported last week.
The story later stated that Albany Empire team president Alberony Denis and a lawyer named Marlon Oliveira said in a phone call Monday night that a foreign citizen named Antonio El-Allah is the trustee.
If that’s the case, then it really wouldn’t be a shock, considering the circus life that Brown is currently leading. And for his part, he’s not done much to really clarify his position in Albany.
When Antonio Brown was asked during a news conference who Antonio El-Allah is, he merely replied, “That’s a good question.”
A letter sent on behalf of Antonio El-Allah Express Trust to former Empire co-owner Mike Kwarta only added to the confusion:
“I Brown, Antonio Tavaris, a foreign national but not a citizen of the United States at birth, am writing to you regarding recent reports that have been circulating in the media regarding my supposed ownership of the Albany Empire team,” the letter begins. “I want to make it very clear that I am not the owner of this team, and any claims to the contrary are completely false.”
It should probably be expected that this story will get stranger as the weeks go on. Between the former coach leaving and being replaced by his predecessor and now questions about investors, Brown’s arena league ‘ownership’ is collapsing all around him. He’s certainly not helping his cause by practically doing almost nothing to provide support to the team other than giving them a headache, and it’s become an embarrassing news story in the Albany area.
Antonio Brown really went from being the best WR in the NFL to rapping mid sets at Rolling Loud pic.twitter.com/SPOkA2yFbF
— Teddy💛 (@Teddy_20) March 5, 2023
Brown has been sued for lack of child support payments, he’s teased returning to the NFL leaving every Baltimore Ravens fan utterly confused, and now he’s even being sued over a jewelry flap for $1.1 million. In the meantime, he’s been rapping on college campuses and in bars.
So the question has to be asked, what will Antonio Brown do now for an encore?