Antonio Brown’s blunt July 4 safety message

Last year, a pair of NFL players suffered serious hand and finger injuries in fireworks mishaps. This year, Steelers receiver Antonio Brown offered a blunt, candid warning to anyone and everyone who was inclined to use fireworks.

“Have a safe 4th of July and show up to work tomorrow with the same amount of fingers as the last time they saw you,” Brown said on Twitter.

After some suggested the Brown was what the kids call “subtweeting” Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, Brown said,  “I’m not throwing shade or calling anyone out. Just saying be safe while acknowledging a common injury if you’re not careful. C’mon now.”

While it’s impossible not to connect Brown’s specific finger-mentioning message to a guy who lost his index finger and portions of others last year in a fireworks accident, Brown’s matter-of-fact reference to the kind of outcome that can and does happen when fireworks aren’t properly handled is the kind of thing people need to hear in order to ensure that they won’t get reckless when dealing with explosives that can disfigure hands — or a lot worse.

And, of course, Brown later tweeted the graphic that appears in this story, with his goalpost-hugging touchdown celebration pasted onto a large rocket. Which would put appendages far more sensitive than fingers at risk.

19 responses to “Antonio Brown’s blunt July 4 safety message

  1. I doubt he was actually throwing shots but the truth is still the truth. There is a portion of people that suffer injuries every 4th of July because they get too caught up in the moment and don’t think about it, or freak accidents, or alcohol. There are people that throw caution to the wind because they figured that since they both the fireworks from a reputable source and then there’s no danger. Not true.

  2. I read “blunt” and thought it was about something else. But realized that would happen on April 20 not July 4.

  3. …And, of course, Brown later tweeted the graphic that appears in this story, with his goalpost-hugging touchdown celebration pasted onto a large rocket. Which would put appendages far more sensitive than fingers at risk.

    I just chocked on my beer, counted 10 fingers and smiled at my wife. She had no idea why, but she smiled back.

    …Great story PFT.

    js

  4. “I’m not throwing shade or calling anyone out. Just saying be safe while acknowledging a common injury if you’re not careful. C’mon now.”

    Yeah, okay, who would take this comment as shade? I’m not sure why he felt the need to take a swipe at JPP, but it really wasn’t necessary and comes off as childish. These athletes need to stay off all forms of social media.

  5. Anyone that follows Brown knows he wasn’t disrespecting anyone. Sorry but that’s not his style. I guess me telling my kids to stand back because fireworks are dangerous was taking a shot at JPP also. Grow up people ad stop trying to make issues.

  6. It doesnt take an Einstein(you dont know the guy,look him up) to absolutely realize that fireworks are packed full of explosive black powder that can and does inflict serious injury to those stupid people who dont respect its power. getting appendages blown away just proves how truly stupid some idiots are.

  7. Yes, please try to hang on to your fingers and toes….you might need them some day.

    SMH.

  8. And yesterday morning I was listening to the radio and they said a little girl had her hand blown off because she picked up some kind of firework.
    And someone else lost a foot for the same reason in NYC.
    Here in NY, they have legalized some types of fireworks for the first time and all around the county I live in, there were trailers dropped off at different locations which were selling them.
    We’ve had a very dry summer and I was worried about fires being started from nitwits not thinking about where they were setting them off.
    I don’t care what anyone else does, but I leave playing with fireworks to the experts.

  9. If he offered the reminder to not drink and drive would that be offensive to every player who had a D.U.I.?

  10. Yeah, okay, who would take this comment as shade? I’m not sure why he felt the need to take a swipe at JPP, but it really wasn’t necessary and comes off as childish. These athletes need to stay off all forms of social media.

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    PC is total madness…

  11. Yeah, because getting offended by a tweet is worse than getting yourself injured by fireworks. /s

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