'Embarrassed' A.J. Brown apologizes for post-op Instagram session, blames nurse

Jason Owens
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Tennessee Titans fans learned on Tuesday that Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Brown had surgery on both of his knees.

The news wasn’t broken by a beat reporter. The Titans didn’t announce it. Brown did.

Brown revealed the news during a post-op Instagram live session from his hospital bed. It appeared that he might have still been under the influence of anesthesia.

On Wednesday, he apologized for the video alongside an update that he’s feeling fine after the procedure described in a subsequent report as a “cleanup.”

Also, he blamed his nurse.

‘I’m really embarrassed’

While Brown’s video session certainly falls somewhere on the “embarrassment” spectrum, he didn’t really have anything to apologize for. He definitely didn’t need to throw his nurse under the bus.

Here’s the video in case you missed it.

He revealed at the 1:46 mark that he played injured for most of the season after missing a pair of games early in the season with a knee bruise.

“I was sore all year,” Brown said. “Nobody knew. They told me I was done for the year in like Week 2. I played all year. I ended up making the Pro Bowl. Didn’t know how I was gonna do it. I did it.”

FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2019, file photo, Tennessee Titans' A.J. Brown (11) warms up before an NFL football game against the Houston Texans in Houston. Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown led all rookies in receiving yards despite working with quarterback Ryan Tannehill for only 10 games. Now Brown is going into his second season ready to show what he can do with a full 16-game schedule as Tennessee's top receiver. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith, File)
A.J. Brown appeared to be feeling the effects of anesthesia when he took to Instagram live. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith, File)

What is Brown embarrassed about?

He also vowed to become “the best receiver in the NFL” and engaged in some loopy back-and-forth with the aforementioned nurse. If he’s worried about being perceived as arrogant, NFL receivers are bigger braggarts on a weekly basis without the aid of anesthesia.

If he’s worried about his behavior in general, the internet is littered with videos of considerably more embarrassing post-op videos, usually of the wisdom-tooth extraction variety.

But he obviously posted something he normally wouldn’t in a more lucid state. And he regrets it. So chalk it up as yet another lesson from a public figure who wishes he could take back a social media post.

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