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Former NFL Star Antonio Brown Declares Bankruptcy Despite Earning Over $80 Million in Career



Antonio Brown has admitted he is "broke."


The former NFL wide receiver, whose career ended amid various controversies, filed for bankruptcy in Florida federal court last week, as reported by the Florida Times-Union.

Brown announced the filing on his "CTEESPN" account, a controversial reference to the brain injuries many NFL players suffer and ESPN.


According to the court filing reviewed by the Times-Union, Brown owes $3 million to eight different creditors, including $1.2 million to the truck driver he assaulted in a 2020 incident.


Despite earning over $80 million during his career, Brown claimed his current assets are valued at less than $50,000, per Spotrac.


Brown spent his first nine seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, making four consecutive All-Pro teams from 2014-2017. However, legal issues tarnished his career and reputation.


In October 2018, he was sued for throwing furniture off a balcony, nearly hitting a toddler. A month later, he was cited for reckless driving. The NFL also investigated a domestic dispute involving Brown in January 2019.


During the summer of 2019, Brown faced a lawsuit from his personal chef and accusations of sexual assault from his former personal trainer. The Las Vegas Raiders signed him to a $100 million contract but released him before he played a game. The New England Patriots also released him after one game due to the pressure from the sexual assault lawsuit.


Despite these issues, Brown reunited with Tom Brady on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers midway through the 2020 season after his eight-game suspension was lifted. He won Super Bowl 55 with the Buccaneers.


Brown's final NFL appearance was on January 2, 2022, when he removed his jersey and shoulder pads and left the field during a game against the New York Jets.


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