Former Antonio Brown teammate: He’s done “extremely good job of tricking people”

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Antonio Brown‘s default facial expression is an ear-to-ear smile. Not far below the faςade, a fire rages.

“Antonio has done an extremely good job of tricking people,” former teammate Ryan Clark said on ESPN Radio. “He’s done a very good spin job of having us think, or making people think who don’t know him, that it’s all about the Pittsburgh Steelers, [Brown is] just a hard worker who’s here to win football games. No, Antonio Brown loves Antonio Brown. If you listen to people talk about him. If you listen to the media, a lot of time the fans, they have an adoration for him that is not necessarily a depiction of who he is. He’s like most receivers. He’s selfish.”

Clark spent four years on the same team as Brown, so Clark definitely is in a position to comment on Brown’s true attitude and demeanor. For the most part, Brown has done a great job of creating an image that runs counter to the common perception of Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Which explains why Brown can do things without loud criticism (like broadcast on Facebook Live from the locker room after a playoff game) that Beckham could never do without being the focal point of all tabloids and talk shows in New York and beyond.

Brown’s outburst from Sunday seems like an overreaction, which suggests that he possibly has been suppressing frustration and one specific moment caused him to snap. That snap included swinging sharply at offensive coordinator Todd Haley and knocking his hand away when Haley grabbed Brown from behind. What if Beckham had done that? What if a guy at the bottom of the Pittsburgh depth chart had done that?

While the Steelers aren’t giving Brown a pass, there’s not much more they can do than call him out. After last year’s Facebook fiasco and leaks of moping and other misdeeds that came after the season-ending playoff loss to the Patriots, the Steelers signed him to a four-year, $68 million extension with a $19 million signing bonus. They won’t be cutting him and they won’t be trading him — at least not before his skills diminish or, at the earliest, when they believe they can sell high in advance of the decline.

43 responses to “Former Antonio Brown teammate: He’s done “extremely good job of tricking people”

  1. Props to Ryan Clark for not voicing his opinions through “anonymous sources on the team.” You gotta appreciate Julio Jones and A.J. Green for being the only elite WRs who are 100% team-first guys.

  2. Heard the interview and it was both surprising and telling. Surprising that Clark was honest and open with his opinion like he was anyway, not that Brown is dramatic and selfish. This is the same guy who called out Bell saying he needed to be a “team player” right?

    Also, should probably give The Russillo Show some credit for the interview instead of just saying espn radio. I think that is how it works.

  3. The difference between brown and Beckham is bias. Many pundits are steeler fans that throw objectivity out the window when it comes to this team

  4. Contrary to popular opinion, the two concepts of (1) caring about the TEAM and (2) caring about personal performance – are NOT mutually exclusive.

    A.B. is passionate about both – and is that the capital crime it’s being made out to be by the drama queen sect of some fans and the media?

  5. There is one other thing they could do. Mike Tomlin could bench him this week. Letting Brown know that how he acts on the bench supporting his team (or not) will be the determining factor on whether he plays or not. A little humble pie never hurt anyone.

  6. Waiting to hear from Diva Ben and Antonio. Tomlin will get his tripping leg in there too. All will dispute this, maybe even say it will bring the team together.
    I’ve been saying this for a while…anyone who arrives to camp in ultra luxury cars, drawing attention to themselves, is hardly doing that for their team first. Contact demands, flipping out when not getting his way, the Facebook thing…Steelers fans who don’t see this are dumber than they look.

  7. Teams just never learn. Problem with that behavior is that other players are watching and since they are also grown men don’t appreciate diva behavior being tolerated. Short translation: the cancer spreads and team morale takes a fatal hit. Sad

  8. antonia brown is passionate about fancy customized cleats, elaborate solitary touchdown celebrations away from the teammates who made the touchdown possible, and endlessly boring tweets/twitters.

  9. The first time he shows his frustration on the sideline and he’s all of a sudden not about the team and selfish? I’m not saying he’s not a little but he’s not fake like Clark is saying. I doubt we see that from him again. Even Brady has shown frustration. It happens.

  10. It’s part of the bizarre mystique that for some reason surrounds the Steelers. Behavior that players/coaches on other teams would be crushed for is dismissed as just being “passionate” or “competitive” when it comes to the Steelers. You’re right, if OBJ did exactly what Brown did on Sunday it would literally be all anyone was talking about all week long. And if Bill Belichick had done what Mike Tomlin did on the sideline a few years ago, people would still be bringing it up every time someone said his name.

  11. terrellblowens says:
    October 4, 2017 at 10:01 am
    Props to Ryan Clark for not voicing his opinions through “anonymous sources on the team.” You gotta appreciate Julio Jones and A.J. Green for being the only elite WRs who are 100% team-first guys.

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    and Jordy Nelson.

  12. terrellblowens says:
    October 4, 2017 at 10:01 am
    Props to Ryan Clark for not voicing his opinions through “anonymous sources on the team.” You gotta appreciate Julio Jones and A.J. Green for being the only elite WRs who are 100% team-first guys.

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    Don’t forget Fitzgerald and Jordy. Mike Evans seems pretty team first as well.

  13. This isn’t something new. Throughout the history of pro sports, hall of fames are littered with super star me first players. I can’t fathom how in this day and age of information people keep acting like “This is unprecedented and we’ve never seen this before!” When an athlete literally turns their name into a brand they often change, often for the worst, to protect that brand.

    I’m not saying it’s a positive but this happens all the time. We have seen it a billion times before.

  14. If the Steelers were getting blown out I could understand.

    But you are beating your rival on the road where you haven’t won in like 5 years. And Bell was killing. Be happy for your team about that.

    That tantrum made him look silly.

    Still a great receiver.

  15. Sign, now we will have to hear Brown lovers bash Clark and Brown haters bash Brown. All over something that needs to disappear behind closed doors and be addressed internally.

  16. I know the feeling, when I played wide receiver I used to get really upset when I was wide open and didn’t get the ball. I cussed out the QB in the huddle a couple times and had words with people on the sideline, these whole Antonio Brown and T.O things aren’t isolated incidents, it happens more than you’d think

  17. Brown is your typical WR, def loves himself over team. Looking at everything in a large picture without concentrating on that, who really cares? He produces on the highest of levels and the Steelers just stomped the Ravens in their own house to take division lead. I don’t think anyone inside the Steelers locker room is too concerned. He is who he is and if his production comes with Tantrums and crying, I think every NFL coach will still take him on their team.

  18. sigbouncer says:
    October 4, 2017 at 10:12 am
    There is one other thing they could do. Mike Tomlin could bench him this week. Letting Brown know that how he acts on the bench supporting his team (or not) will be the determining factor on whether he plays or not. A little humble pie never hurt anyone.

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    A whole game might be a bit severe and Tomlin just cutting off his nose to spite his face. Using Belichick as an example (because his methods do well at keeping discipline in line) he will usually ignore the first slip up (in Brown’s case thats the FB thing) or handle it verbally between them only. Then the second slip up like here would be a first quarter benching. After that if the message isnt getting through he stops caring who they are and he has a good business relationship with Cleveland but will listen to other teams too.

  19. Its’s funny to read all of the comments on this thread. Everyone within the Steelers locker room has said that nobody works harder than AB, and the proof is in his stats. And anyone looking to bench him because he threw a fit when Big Ben didn’t see him after he became wide open and would have scored a TD is probably just jealous that he’s not on their team. Even players that work out with AB that aren’t on the Steelers talk about how his work ethic is second to none. AB is arguably the NFL’s best receiver, all you need to do is look at his stats. The NFL is all about production, and AB has been producing at the highest level for 4 years, so I’m glad that all the people that want to bench him to “show him a lesson” are couch managers. AB might be a diva but as long as he keeps performing the way that he does, I’m glad he’s on the Steelers.

  20. “He’s like most receivers. He’s selfish.”

    So Ryan Clark, a former defensive back, has a low opinion of wide receivers in general?

    Shocking news there – who knew DBs dislike wide receivers

  21. Refreshing to see someone stand behind his comments and not the “anonymous player.” Saw a stat since 2014, Beckham as 37 tds, Brown 36 and Jordy Nelson has 32, and he missed a year with an ACL. Give me guys like Nelson over these other two all day long. Way less drama and probably lower salary hit too.

  22. blackqbwhiterb says:

    October 4, 2017 at 10:23 am

    It is interesting that the wide receivers are always the ones who are divas
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    And CBs. As a Seattle fan, I’ll be the first to admit that.

  23. atlantacynic says:
    October 4, 2017 at 10:52 am

    “He’s like most receivers. He’s selfish.”

    So Ryan Clark, a former defensive back, has a low opinion of wide receivers in general?
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    He means selfish as in he wants the ball, which is true of most receivers.

  24. sigbouncer says:

    October 4, 2017 at 10:12 am

    There is one other thing they could do. Mike Tomlin could bench him this week. Letting Brown know that how he acts on the bench supporting his team (or not) will be the determining factor on whether he plays or not. A little humble pie never hurt anyone.

    From tripping opposing players to berating through the media an army veteran for standing for the national anthem, Michael Pettaway Tomlin is the last coach that be allowed to administer any kind of discipline.

  25. You gotta appreciate Julio Jones and A.J. Green for being the only elite WRs who are 100% team-first guys.
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    Don’t forget a certain Packers receiver that had more touchdowns than those two guys combined.

  26. amknez says:
    October 4, 2017 at 10:44 am
    The NFL is all about production, and AB has been producing at the highest level for 4 years

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    If that’s true, why does OBJ get so much flak? Oh, that’s right, he doesn’t play for the steelers

  27. Brown’s Facebook gaffe last year showed his colors.
    It’s not hard to see, at all.
    Even his TV commercials all center around him doing some sort of hey look at me shtick.

  28. Too bad the Steelers won’t discipline Tomlin and Haley for their crappy gameplans, play calling and pathetic losses to bottom feeders.

  29. Obviously a slow news day in the NFL. Who cares if AB is a selfish moron? He gets paid to catch a football and do big plays; does rather well at it also. Had Clark done his job so eloquently the Steelers would have been a better team. So who really cares anyway? We all know that underneath it all, any NFL player is a bit ‘disturbed’ and prone to attacks of stupidity.

  30. amknez says:
    October 4, 2017 at 10:44 am
    Its’s funny to read all of the comments on this thread. Everyone within the Steelers locker room has said that nobody works harder than AB…

    You’re clearly missing the point. I don’t think anyone was saying that he doesn’t work hard

  31. Panoramic Wifi says:
    October 4, 2017 at 10:42 am

    A whole game might be a bit severe and Tomlin just cutting off his nose to spite his face. Using Belichick as an example (because his methods do well at keeping discipline in line) he will usually ignore the first slip up (in Brown’s case thats the FB thing) or handle it verbally between them only. Then the second slip up like here would be a first quarter benching. After that if the message isnt getting through he stops caring who they are and he has a good business relationship with Cleveland but will listen to other teams too.

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    As long as Brown is supporting the team during his benching and not pouting or kicking gatorade buckets, he gets to play. Plenty of teams in the past have benched a player for a series or two as a warning to the player.

  32. That player from the Northeast who wears #12 throws a tantrum on the sideline and the media doesn’t say a word. It’s either “competitive fire” or he’s “a warrior who is trying to pump up his team”. And the fans buy it.

  33. Wide receivers and corners are usually the biggest divas. However what Brown did was unique because he had his outburst when his team was winning something I don’t think I’ve seen that before.

  34. No one is disputing AB’s work ethic. But he is a selfish player, it’s all about his stats – remember the game where Landry Jones had to fill in for Ben? He was hitting other receivers and Brown threw a hissy fit because he wasn’t getting the throws.

    The Facebook video from the locker room and the gatorade tantrum are just proof that he’s a diva. Team concept is not in his vocabulary.

  35. It’s part of the bizarre mystique that for some reason surrounds the Steelers. Behavior that players/coaches on other teams would be crushed for is dismissed as just being “passionate” or “competitive” when it comes to the Steelers. You’re right, if OBJ did exactly what Brown did on Sunday it would literally be all anyone was talking about all week long. And if Bill Belichick had done what Mike Tomlin did on the sideline a few years ago, people would still be bringing it up every time someone said his name.

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    What are you talking about? People do bring up Tomlin tripping every time someone says his name.

  36. Sounds like a nasty case of performance envy to me.

    But even if it was true, I can understand how it would be difficult to stay grounded when you’re consistently the best player on the field.

    Everyone said TO was a selfish diva as well. And in some ways it was true. Then he went to the SB with the Eagles and put up over 100 yds with SCREWS IN HIS ANKLE while his overrated QB folded like a Chinese Armani knock-off.

    Until I personally see something that would convince me it’s true, I file this kind of talk right where it belongs. In the trash.

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