Antonio Brown realizes that fame comes with being famous

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Ostensibly, Antonio Brown enjoys the trappings of fame. Specifically, the four-year, $68 million contract which made him the highest-paid receiver in the NFL has to be a nice consolation.

That contract came from the fact he’s one of the best players in the game, but he’s also one of the most entertaining, with an on-field style and social media presence that doesn’t exactly suggest a recluse.

But now he feels trapped.

“I can’t go nowhere and work out by myself, fans come meet me at the field — I can’t do nothing normal,” Brown said, via Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com. “You guys write about me every day. My mom and my kids see it. So we have to deal with these type of things. I started to think to myself, am I really free? I can’t really express myself in this game. I can’t really tell you how I feel.

“You guys make the pressure to put pressure on me all the time. Am I really free? I got to asking myself that in regards to taking time away from my kids. . . . I had to get away to free my mind.”

Specifically, he seemed to take objection with people quoting him on something he said. When he was asked earlier this offseason about running back Le'Veon Bell‘s contract-related absence and any advice he’d offer from his own experience, Brown responded by saying: “You can’t make anything better without showing up, . . . Show up and get better and show guys you’re serious.”

But he said Tuesday he thought those quotes were misrepresented.

“You guys paint me a picture to talk about Le’Veon,” Brown said. “I’m not involved in Le’Veon’s business or his contract. You guys write about it and say, ‘Oh, AB says show up.’ I just said the first rule of getting better is showing up. I didn’t say show up. He’s got his own business.

“But that’s what I go back to referring — you guys put the pressure on me all the time in regards to life and regards to everything and we’re just supposed to take it. That ain’t freedom.”

Brown also took offense with the way the media put “pressure” on him by subjecting him to constant attention (I guess by acting as the conduit to the fans whose adoration makes his direct deposit as large as it is).

“That’s the pressure of being a professional athlete,” he said. “Everyday scrutiny, everyday pressure. It’s hard to be free.”

The struggle is real.

20 responses to “Antonio Brown realizes that fame comes with being famous

  1. Don’t want to be famous and annoyed by people coming up to you all the time then give all the money back and go drive a 2002 Saturn down the main drag of Mt. Pleasant again. You’d fit in nicely.

  2. Boo hoo. I’ll tell you what Antonio. I’ll trade you my minimum wage job where you can enjoy all the freedom you want. You can say what you want, workout in privacy in any gym, and go on twitter and type to your hearts content. I’ll take your millions for playing a game, and be oppressed by the lack of ‘freedom’.

  3. The guys working 2 jobs to feed their family who will never make in a year, what you make during one game are sympathetic What world do you live in… Seriously

  4. Lol…petulance. I suggest you see a therapist and post less, tweet less, IG less…but you can’t do that because you’re getting a certain % of your side hustle dollars on having followers…it comes with the territory dog. To whom much is given much is expected…or something like that lol

  5. Last year he was whining because he wanted to act like a clown in the end zone to get attention. This year he’s complaining about the attention. Bell is refusing to practice. Little Ben hates the coach and the new rookie QB. The defense is a disaster. Everyone is so out of shape, they’ve already lost a few players for the season. They’ll never beat NE or Jacksonsville. Watching this team slide is going to be fun!

  6. I remember when Paul Stanley of Kiss was being interviewed about their business model and marketing plan, which for a long time included never under any circumstances appearing as a member of Kiss without the makeup on. He did talk about some other things about brand recognition but I remember him also saying “and one other thing that is huge for us is if I want to run out to the drug store I can just run out to the drug store”

  7. Is it me or does it seem like most celebrities and athletes are so out of touch with the common person they make themselves utterly unlikeable. You will find little sympathy from us fans, many of which struggle just to pay the bills. 17 million a year and now you have an issue with all of the attention you are getting? Reap what you sow pal. You have no problem acting like a jackass celebrating during games or streaming your mug on fb live but it’s the media’s fault that you like to talk and now you want to get angry at them for printing your words? You can’t have it both ways, being famous is a 24 hour a day job, if you have an issue with it I suggest you stop putting yourself out there and be a little more reserved.

  8. I’ll take being annoyed by fans for 4 years if you pay me 68MM.

    Yes, I’m sure it’s annoying. But how many people would n’t be glad to trade places?
    Suck it up and count your money and get to play pro-football, while the rest of us only get to watch and make a fraction of what you make.

  9. I’m a Steeler fan, and between AB and LeVeon, I’m actually embarrassed. And these ignorant comments are not limited solely to their team–players on other teams and in other sports are unfortunately taking the same attitude. They have a cavalier attitude, but who’s to say I blame them totally? The Collective Bargaining Agreements in professional sports are not helping the fans one bit, while they are benefiting athletes immensely. Players simply choose not to attend OTA’s and mini-camps, they wiggle out of PED suspensions in MLB by challenging PED nomenclature before fickle 3-judge panels, and they are given the proverbial slap-on-the-wrist when found guilty of breaking the law. I wonder what AB’s comments will be when he reads some of these posts. Maybe he, LeVeon and Wiz Khalifa will collaborate a rap song and tell us how they REALLY feel. Can’t wait.

  10. Last year he was whining because he wanted to act like a clown in the end zone to get attention. This year he’s complaining about the attention. Bell is refusing to practice. Little Ben hates the coach and the new rookie QB. The defense is a disaster. Everyone is so out of shape, they’ve already lost a few players for the season. They’ll never beat NE or Jacksonsville. Watching this team slide is going to be fun!

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    So how did your Ravens fear against this terrible Steeler team…. TIME TROLL TO GO BACK TO YOUR JOB OF CLEANING THE PIGEON POOP OF THE KILLERS STATUE.

  11. Quit football AB, just quit and get on with your life’s work—Dancing With The Stars, Hollywood premieres, Next Food Network Star! Maybe donate all that $86,000,000 to a good cause. And don’t forget to cancel your Twitter and Instagram accounts.

  12. I know, he irritates me too. Makes all that money for playing a game while most of the rest of us are struggling to get by. BUT, as I have said many times on here, I am really getting sick of many of the “journalists”. Please stop twisting things that the players say just to get a rise out of people. Give us the news, not the hype.

  13. Poor Clown. He played his rookie year watching the Steelers blow the Superbowl. He got Tebowed out of the playoffs, got Flaccoed out of the playoffs, got whipped by Manny, Brady, and finally Bortles. Things are really going downhill for him. He should celebrate his fame. At least he can sell used cars when the Steelers make their final collapse this year.

  14. I just love to hear the haters cry year after year while the Steelers are claiming divisions, in the playoffs and at least contending for championships every season while their team sits at the bottom of the barrell. Newsflash, Big Ben has neve had a losing season so that trend shall continue.lol.

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