Why Antonio Brown’s latest meltdown was inevitable

Shirts off, arms up and caution to the freezing wind — let’s talk about acclaimed wide receiver and controversial character Antonio Brown.

Known for his behavior both on and off the field, Brown was seemingly released from his Tampa Bay Buccaneers contract after a spectacular, shirtless, late-season, mid-game exit. The storm-off was the latest in a long and illustrious list of the athlete’s newsworthy moments.

What do the stars spell about the man — and what can we expect for and from him in the year ahead?

Sun in Cancer

Born July 10, 1988, Brown is a hard-shelled, sensitive center Cancer sun with a buck wild Gemini moon. A cardinal water sign, Cancers often hide their acute vulnerability under an ever-calcifying rampart. That explains why Brown’s long-term friend, teammate and hype man Tom Brady urged the world at large to show compassion for Brown. Brady, who himself has Venus in Cancer, likely understands the disconnect between Brown’s emotional interiority and his outwardly exhibited defense tactics. 

Moon in Gemini

Although AB is a Cancer, his recent behavior is best explained by the inordinate amount of Gemini energy in his chart. In addition to his moon, Brown has Venus — the planet of love, beauty and material goods — and Mercury, the planet of communication, in the mutable air sign. At its best, Gemini energy is expressive, dynamic and curious. At its worst, it is petty, erratic and destabilizing. The moods, opinions and motivations of Gemini swing wildly, and they often feel at odds with themselves and their own shifting desires. This inherent duality explains how Brown could be described by Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians as a “model citizen” mere months before the two were at loggerheads and dismissals this weekend. The emotional whiplash that is Gemini energy is also evident in this all-smiles pic of Brown taken in the backseat of his getmeoutofhere car, just moments after he exited the stadium. 

Buccaneers receiver Antonio Brown in Super Bowl 55 in February 2021.
Buccaneers receiver Antonio Brown appears at Super Bowl LV in February 2021.
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Those with moon in Gemini harbor a serious incongruence between their private and public selves, which may explain why Brown continues to receive support and admiration from friends and colleagues despite the actions and accusations that follow in his wake. 

People like Brown — with Mercury in Gemini — feel the need to communicate impulsively and often, which explains Brown’s YouTube channel, his history of unauthorized livestreaming and his recent social media response to his Bucs dismissal in which he posted a glory pic of himself wearing the very jersey he stripped off.

Antonio Brown warms up ahead of the Buccaneers-Jets game on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022.
Antonio Brown warms up ahead of the Buccaneers-Jets game on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022.
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