Few people around the Capital Region are surprised by the turmoil surrounding the Albany Empire and their lightning-rod owner, former NFL star Antonio Brown. This weekend was just another act under the big-top circus.
Antonio Brown was somehow supposed to be "good" for the Albany Empire of the National Arena League. The former NFL magnet-to-trouble was going to connect the Empire to the community. Now the arena football team is in the midst of reports of the head coach, along with star players quitting the team, only a few weeks into the season.
On Saturday, it was reported that Antonio Brown was claiming "100 percent" ownership of the Albany Empire, the arena football team that plays at the MVP Arena. At the time, then-Empire co-owner Mike Kwarta disagreed with Brown's assessment of "who owns what."
On Saturday, former NFL star Antonio Brown claimed that he was now the sole owner of the Albany Empire of the National Arena League. His co-owners disagreed with Brown's claim. The Empire opened their season on Sunday afternoon at the MVP Arena with a 70-33 crushing of the Orlando Predators, despite the ownership confusion.