Security Kicks Antonio Brown Off The Field During His First Game As An Arena Football Team Owner

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Former Super Bowl champion and 7-time Pro Bowler, Antonio Brown, announced the next chapter of his football career in March when he became a joint owner of the Albany Empire.

The Albany Empire (1–) are a 2021 expansion team in the National Arena League. They play their games at the MVP Arena in Albany, New York, formerly known as the Times Union Center.

On Monday night, Antonio Brown shared a video of security kicking him off the field during his first game as a part owner of the Albany Empire. Brown says he “maintained a level of professionalism positivity while dealing with this security,” but was not quick to leave the field when asked.

As a co-owner of the team, Antonio Brown is certainly entitled to privileges that regular ticket-carrying fans are not. But the video appears to tell a different story:

Given that this in the Internet and many things are staged and/or faked for publicity, all of this should be taken wiht a grain of salt. But let’s assume for a minute that this AB footage wasn’t faked and is as it appears to be.

The security guard was clearly just doing his job but also appeared to have no clue who Antonio Brown was or that he is a part owner of the team. When asked to leave the field, AB told security “let’s see who got the biggest muscles” implying things would get physical.

Brown then said he “ain’t going nowhere” and told the security guard to “make me then” when asked to leave. He then told security “this is my field, I’m the owner.”

The MVP Arena where the Albany Empire play their games is owned by Albany County and it is operated by ASM Global. It is a multi-use arena with 165 games a year, only 7 of which are Albany Empire indoor football games.

So while Antonio Brown might own 47.5% of the team (not 100% like he told a reporter on the phone), he certainly does not own the field.

The people in Antonio Brown’s mentions all seem to agree that the security guard overstepped his role and as a part owner of the team, AB should fire him:

I do agree that AB should’ve been able to stay on the field as long as it wasn’t posing a safety threat to the team’s warmups, which it didn’t appear to be:

Not everybody agrees that Antonio Brown was being ‘professional’ in this situation:

I’d love to see the footage before/after this incident. There is certainly more to the story. Whether that means the security guard being informed AB is an owner of the team and apologizing or explaining the need to get him off the field, or what was said before they started filming. It seems like an incomplete clip with what we see here.

The Albany Empire absolutely DOMINATED the Orlando Predators during Brown’s first game as a co-owner. They beat Orlando 70-33. Albany’s QB threw 4 touchdowns and ran in for 2 more TDs on the ground.

The National Arena League has the game available to stream in full on YouTube:

It is an exciting product and one that will certainly gain a lot more fans with Antonio Brown at the helm in Albany.

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