Antonio Brown apologizes for threat directed to ESPN writer

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ESPN’s Jesse Washington recently tried to paint a realistic picture of Steelers receiver Antonio Brown. Antonio Brown didn’t like it, so he responded with a realistic threat to Washington.

Tweeted Brown on the day the story was published: “@jessewashington wait to I see you bro we gone see what your jaw like.”

Via Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Brown has issued a statement apologizing for his threat to Washington.

“I made a mistake in judgment with my tweet last week, and I apologize for that,” Brown said. “It is not OK to threaten anyone and I need to be better spiritually and professionally. Though I do not agree with the negative parts of the story about my personal life, I need to have better control over my actions to use social media as a way to engage with my fans, rather than use it improperly.”

Washington received an apology not from Brown directly but from a Steelers spokesman.

“[The spokesman] relayed Antonio’s apology to me, and I accept it,” Washington said. “I understand that things happen in emotional moments. I don’t hold it against him at all. I absolutely did not set out to do a negative story. I just wanted to write about who he was off the field, like I’ve done dozens of times in my career. Over the course of the reporting, all of this stuff about his personal life emerged, and it was the first time I had heard about any of it.”

Here’s Washington’s original article, published at TheUndefeated.com.

Brown has shown in recent weeks flashes of a temper that cuts against against the all-smiles image he projects. He took loud exception to a fairly innocuous observation from Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that Bell was limping at practice after missing time with a leg injury. Washington quotes Bouchette in the story as saying that Brown confronted Bouchette the next day and accused him of being a racist.

The relatively rare NFL players who are both highly successful on the field, like Brown, and highly marketable away from it, like Brown, understandably hope to control the narratives about their lives, in order to ensure that the marketing money keeps flowing freely. Brown apparently is learning the hard way that not everything can be concealed, and that the more successful and marketable an NFL player becomes, the more likely it is that someone will try to paint a portrait that gets behind the facade that is presented for public consumption and private profit.

Fighting against those efforts will serve only to make people more intrigued about the potential disconnect between what is presented and what is real. With Brown, there’s apparently plenty more than what he wants people to see.

34 responses to “Antonio Brown apologizes for threat directed to ESPN writer

  1. What is going on with the culture in Pit? This dude needs to be a man and apologize face to face. Coward…..

  2. I love watching him play but that chip on his shoulder so sharp he’s gonna cut himself on it. Somebody slip him whatever they gave Rodgers at halftime Week 1.

    Other than that, he can do what he wants in his personal life. He’s not beating up women or abusing drugs, sounds like he’s paying a lot of child support. No problem with reporters doing their job, but I’m not gonna judge how he spends his time out of work.

  3. The headline should re Pittsburgh Steelers PR Department Issue an apology over Antonio Brown’s threat.

    I guess Brown is now ffol lead of Vince Williams by issuing threats via Twitter. it is also nice to see him playing trace card.

    Stay Claasy Antonio.

  4. you mean, these 1500 or so testosterone and often additive-addled millionaire megalomaniacs are not nice guys?

    the chaste and sweetness and light billionaire owners, either?

    who would’ve thought?

  5. Seems there’s a disparity between the language in the tweet and the apology. One might think that they were not penned by the same person. Either that or Brown is what Marky Mark referred to in the Departed as a “double kid” who changes his speech pattern based on who is nearby.

  6. Hahaha okay. So we go from this brilliantly written sentence:
    Tweeted Brown on the day the story was published: “@jessewashington wait to I see you bro we gone see what your jaw like.”

    To this:
    “I made a mistake in judgment with my tweet last week, and I apologize for that,” Brown said. “It is not OK to threaten anyone and I need to be better spiritually and professionally. Though I do not agree with the negative parts of the story about my personal life, I need to have better control over my actions to use social media as a way to engage with my fans, rather than use it improperly.”

    I’m guessing that the latter wasn’t written by Antonio Brown’s hand. Antonio PLEASE never stop using the written word as your chosen medium to communicate. Seriously bro you be mad creative with da English n nat! Shakespeare got nothin on you!!!

  7. “Wait to I see you bro we gone see what your jaw like.”

    This is Antonio Brown. The other statement, not so much.

  8. “He took loud exception to a fairly innocuous observation from Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that Bell was limping at practice after missing time with a leg injury.”
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    Why was Bell limping at practice? He’s probably laughing on his couch.

  9. “wait to I see you bro we gone see what your jaw like.”
    ===================================================

    This is what our modern education system produces.

  10. I read the article. Yeah, he has some issues. I was surprised to see this side of him. That’s probably why he’s mad at the reporter. It sounds like he still has some growing up to do. Still, he hasn’t gotten in trouble with the law so that makes him better than people like Aqib Talib and Pacman Jones.

  11. The guy just showed up 4 hours late to visit kids in the hospital, and it’s not the first time. You can google it.

  12. This is a direct violation of the NFL’s personal conduct policy.
    But, do you really think anything will come from it???
    Not a chance in hell, Dodger is a pet of the Rooney’s.
    The NFL wonders why their ratings are tanking.
    #32bankruptedowners

  13. footballfan3 says:
    September 13, 2018 at 2:56 am
    I’ve yet to figure out why anyone cares what someone does in their personal life. Leave the man alone

    5 35 Rate This

    When “the man” chooses to make his so-called personal life public and has tens of thousands of followers, it no longer becomes “personal” and is fair game to be held up to scrutiny.

    He *chose* to make his personal life public. Therefore he gets to deal with the good and bad.

  14. ***NEWS FLASH***

    Someone isn’t as nice as they pretend to be. Aren’t we all? His squabbles are pretty typical of his generation..until he threatened the reporter. The reporter got most of that stuff from Instagram. If you don’t want people to see it don’t put it out there. Even then, it’s not like he murdered someone or committed domestic assault. I don’t see the big deal…until AB threatened the reporter.

  15. This reminds me of Bobby Bonilla on the Mets.

    The NFL should suspend Brown for a game to make it clear that there is zero tolerance for threats against anyone.

  16. “The Steelers are an absolute dumpster fire. Mike Tomlin has destroyed a once finely-tuned franchise.”

    Have to disagree. A dumpster fire burns out after a while. A DUMP FIRE burns all season and no one can put it out.

  17. Tomlin still doesn’t have control of this team
    They have plenty of talent but lack the discipline it takes to win another SB

  18. Clearly didn’t learn anything personality wise from Ward when they played together for two years. Pity. I hate Hines’ guts but at least he’s always came across as a decently substantive human being….

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