Much of the talk around NFL corners this past week was about former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown after Brown took off his jersey during the third quarter against the New York Jets in Week 17 and proceeded to skip to the locker room, waving to fans. Brown's behavior and release from the Bucs has further ignited the ongoing conversation around CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy), the condition brought on by severe brain trauma.
De La Soul member Maseo recently joined that ongoing conversation. After Mase's son Chauncey posted on Instagram about his older brother, former NFL player Tre Mason, the Hip-Hop legend voiced his concern that Tre might be dealing with CTE.
Chauncey's post reads:
“If anyone has been paying attention to my brother Tre Mason please ignore the outlandish post and antics he may be displaying. It will be real helpful for all our loved ones and friends to encourage him to get help with his mental issues. It’s been 7 years since we’ve been trying to control this issue as a family and get him help with his situation possibly having CTE. I’m reaching out for real love and support with this. I’m losing my brother mentally and as a family we cannot handle this situation alone anymore.”
Maseo captioned his post with a lengthy statement voicing support for Chauncey, as well as concern for his son Mason and support for Antonio Brown.
"This post was constructed by my son Chauncey and my wife @tinamasonrealtor and I co-sign this post," wrote the DJ. "My family and I are 100 percent convince that my son is suffering from CTE and the NFL gave no support or any type of help. When all these things began to happen with Tre the Rams coach and general manager were figuring out how to get rid of Tre instead of helping him. We as a family have been doing tons of research and have been reaching out to high profiled ppl such as@realmichealstrahanwith the help of my brother @qtiptheabstract and we got no response. We are not the first family who are going through this but probably the first to speak out at this point."
"We all watched what @ab went through and I'm not sure if his issue is concussion related but he did adamantly express not feeling healthy enough to play. Football is an unnatural contact sport so we really need to pay attention to these players when they say they are not feeling well. It almost seems as concussions is a forbidden discussion amongst the NFL fraternity as well as the media. I urge all you fans of the sports to dig a little deeper when these young men act out I'm not saying there behavior is justified but something else wrong instead what we see on the surface. MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO ANTONIO BROWN AND HIS FAMILY. @ab DO WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO TO MAINTAIN YOUR SANITY AND INTEGRITY WE KNOW YOU DIDN'T COME THIS FAR TO THROW IT ALL AWAY BUT IF YOU ARE NOT HAPPY THEN WALK AWAY THERE IS NO AMOUNT OF MONEY WORTH YOUR PEACE OF MIND...WE LOVE YOU BROTHER!"