Antonio Brown ordered to undergo mental health evaluation as part of bail hearing

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By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

Antonio Brown is getting a serious comeuppance for his most recent incident, and it might be the best thing for him in the long run.

The former Patriots, Raiders, and Steelers wide receiver had his bail bond hearing in Florida on Friday, and was granted a $100,000 bond. He will need to wear a GPS monitor, give up his passport and guns, and undergo drug/alcohol testing and a mental health evaluation as part of his deal, according to ESPN's Cameron Wolfe.

Per photos from Fox Sports' Andy Slater on Twitter, Brown wore an anti-suicide smock to court. The garment is designed to be impossible for possibly suicidal individuals to fashion it into a noose.

Andy Slater on Twitter

JUST NOW: Antonio Brown, wearing an anti-suicide smock, made his first court appearance. His bond was set at $100,000 for the burglary with battery charge. The judge ordered Brown to wear a GPS monitor, surrender his passport, and undergo a mental health evaluation.

The mental health evaluation is perhaps the most important facet of Brown's deal. It could be the issue that all of his incidents in the past few years have stemmed from, and one that he likely wasn't going to address on his own. It seems like the only recourse for authorities was to force him to get evaluated.

Many have hoped Brown gets the help he needs in that department, and understandably so. Let's hope this is the moment that finally gets him back in the right direction. This may be necessary if he has any hope of ever returning to pro football.

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