Antonio Brown releases rap song hours after wild exit from Tampa Bay Buccaneers game
Antonio Brown released a rap song just hours after his abrupt exit from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers organization.
The song, called "Pit Not The Palace," was released on multiple music platforms Sunday under Brown's nickname AB.
A teaser for the song was published Christmas Day on Twitter and Instagram by Brown’s label, CAB Records. The full song was released shortly after Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said Brown was "no longer a Buc" following his on-field outburst and early departure from the game.
Brown ran off the field shirtless during the third quarter and did not return. He also removed both his jersey and shoulder pads before throwing them on the sideline. He then threw his undershirt and football gloves into the stands before going to the locker room.
Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady said it was a difficult situation.
“I think everybody should find and hopefully do what they can to help him in ways he really needs it,” Brady said. “We all love him. We care about him deeply. We want to see him be at his best, and unfortunately it won’t be with our team.
"I think everyone should be very compassionate and emphatic about some very difficult things that are happening.”
It was not clear Sunday whether Brown's outburst was in any way connected to the release of his latest song.
Brown started his NFL career with the Steelers in Pittsburgh, which is colloquially referred to as "Pit" on occasion. Brown amassed over 11,000 yards in nine seasons with the Steelers.
Additionally, the Buccaneers' training facility has sometimes been called "One Buc Palace" after its 2006 upgrade. The facility's actual street address is 1 Buccaneer Place in Tampa.
The song, which is 1 minute, 53 seconds long, features Brown rapping a chorus with the lyrics: "I'm from the pit not the palace. I'm kinda stylish, lifestyle lavish. Jump in a coupe with no mileage. Run it."
It also features multiple audio messages from an unknown individual who appears to be addressing Brown.
"I've been sitting back and waiting for the moment to see you running down the field again," the individual tells Brown. "I told you from Day 1 this was going to be a tough move. You made it and came through the fire. Be ready to see the light."
The song also ends with the individual telling Brown that young boys look up to him "unlike anybody else," and that Brown should "keep being love and love the ones that love you."