After being spotted kicking it with Kanye West over the past few weeks, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers player Antonio Brown has officially signed on to Ye’s Donda Sports, which focuses on providing “professional and wellness support” to athletes.
News of the official partnership came by way of a Donda Sports press release shared via Hollywood Unlocked, and a rep for Brown confirmed the announcement to Complex.
“Former NFL Pro-Bowler and Super Bowl champion Antonio Brown joins Donda Sports where he will join Ye and Justin LaBoy to bring an athlete’s perspective to all aspects of the organization,” the statement reads. “Donda Sports was founded with the vision of providing holistic support to athletes during and beyond their sport’s [sic] career.”
“When the game is done, Donda Sports is not done with you,” Ye said in the statement.
In a recent interview with Complex, Brown explained how he and Ye connected.
“It was just by the grace of God,” A.B. said. “I was at Craig’s [restaurant], having dinner in LA with Rich, my guy at Fashion Nova. And I ran into Kanye randomly at Craig’s. We got haircuts at Craig’s. It was totally out of the blue, and we just started hanging out in LA. We’ve got a lot of positive things coming. It’s just been an amazing week for me. I’m sitting here with Mr. Tim at Amazon Music right now, having a meeting, so I’ve been grateful for the last 21 days.”
In the same interview Brown teased his involvement with Donda Sports and said he was “excited” to be working with Ye.
“I don’t think there’s a lot of fashion lines for athletes, wearing fashionable and comfortable clothes, so with a guy like Kanye West, being able to partner with him and work with him to provide more creative, genius ideas for fashion looks for athletes in general,” the 33-year-old wide receiver said. “I’m just grateful for the opportunity here soon, to share what we’ve got with the world.”