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Antonio Brown offers a general apology on Instagram to ‘my family, friends and anyone I offended’

Not exactly sure what is a “minor setback.”

New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown runs onto the practice field during New England Patriots practice at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA on Sep. 18, 2019. Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Free agent wide receiver Antonio Brown has done some apologizing of late, most recently to New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft. On Friday, he posted a new apology on Instagram, this time to “my family, friends and anyone who I offended.” Here’s what he had to say:

First and foremost, I’d like to apologize to my family, friends and anyone who I offended. I never once meant to make anyone feel like I wasn’t thankful and appreciative of the opportunity that I was afforded to play the game I love. I’ve worked hard over the years to earn a chance to compete in the greatest game on earth. Over the years I was met with challenges and I can honestly say I didn’t handle those challenges in the manner that I should have. Over the past few weeks I’ve had the opportunity to think about everything that’s transpired and I am deeply sorry to all who I’ve offended. While my behavior was inexcusable, sometimes when people are coming at you with false information and allegations, we handle ourselves in ways that we sometimes regret. I do take full responsibility for my actions and I’m working everyday to repair what I broke. I do know that if I’m ever given the opportunity to play the game that I love, I’m going to work extremely hard to show the world how much I appreciate another chance. To the organizations that I offended, I offer my sincere apology to you and my hope is that you forgive me and help me move on from this minor setback. I look forward to competing and helping a team reach their goals.

The apology does not appear to address those accusing him of sexual assault. The league is investigating multiple allegations, and has not decided on any sort of punishment — or even if there will be punishment. For now, he is offering a fairly general apology that seems mostly suited to getting back into the NFL more than anything else.