Hines Ward: Antonio Brown is “wrong” for his outbursts

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The career of (perhaps) future Hall of Fame receiver Hines Ward overlapped for two years with the career of (perhaps) future Hall of Fame receiver Antonio Brown. Ward has noticed Brown’s behavior in recent weeks, and Ward isn’t afraid to share his views on the distractions Brown has created, from a sideline outburst to a Twitter tussle to not showing up for work on Monday.

I’m a little embarrassed,” Ward told Zach Gelb of CBS Sports Radio, “in the sense that that’s not the Steelers culture. We’re not really big on kind of having off-the-field issues with a lot of different guys. . . . Listen, I understand he’s a passionate guy and wants to win more than anybody in the world, but in this case I kind of think he’s wrong for the outburst. When things aren’t going good, a lot of people look at the leaders on your team. . . they want to see how you respond to adversity. It’s something that I wouldn’t have done. I get it, you’re frustrated. You want to win. But having outbursts like that doesn’t do anybody any justice.”

Ward also would like to see Brown press pause of his social-media habit.

“I would like for him to just focus on football, find a way to get this thing back on track in Pittsburgh,” Ward said. “Like I said, it’s all about winning football games, and that should be the main priority in all the players’ careers.”

Getting their first win of the season should be the Steelers’ only priority for now, because a surprisingly potent Tampa Bay team is waiting for them on Monday night. But one of Brown’s priorities at some point soon may be to figure out why Ward chose to call him out publicly, given that they are former teammates — and given that Ward last year was working with the team, and rumored to be on track to become the receivers coach.

The answer may be simple: Ward likely said what he thought needed to be said, in order to help Brown get himself and the team pointed in the right direction.

34 responses to “Hines Ward: Antonio Brown is “wrong” for his outbursts

  1. I could accept Hines Ward comments, if he was a retired great player from another team. BUT, I have a feeling, he knows the internal foolishness is way bigger. If the Steelers have a 8-8 season standby for the real truth to come out.

  2. If T.O. wasn’t a firat ballot hall of famer, Hines Ward should never get in. Mediocre at best. That dude should never see the hall.

  3. Not a hall of famer? You’re ignorant to the sport. He has stats, 2 superbowls. MVP award of one, and was a complete receiver…knocking your teams backers d!#ks in the dirt. And shame on your Mr dirty south he’s from Atlanta Georgia. Fool

  4. The career of (perhaps) future Hall of Fame receiver Hines Ward..

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    Let’s see, the all-time leading receiver of the Pittsburgh Steelers, 2 Super Bowl appearances, 1 Super Bowl MVP, and 1 of only 14 receivers in history to hit 1000 recepetions (even Randy Moss fell short there). Yeah, “perhaps”.

  5. Sorry Mr Ward. These aren’t the Old Steelers who played for each other and were a team. This is a me team with a head coach who’s clueless and a defensive coordinator who’s even worse.

  6. Whether you like Ward or not there is a lot of truth in what he says. The fact he played for the Steelers is irrelevant.

    First… Ward also would like to see Brown press pause of his social-media habit.. Going live on Facebook after your team lost and acting like an idiot is beyond clueless. He should care more about playing and less about social media.

    Secondly, “Like I said, it’s all about winning football games, and that should be the main priority in all the players’ careers.” AB wasn’t mad because they lost. He was mad because he was upset over his stats.

    Third, The answer may be simple: Ward likely said what he thought needed to be said, in order to help Brown get himself and the team pointed in the right direction. It’s pretty sad when a former player has to say something like this because the head coach seems to be incapable of doing it. He has shown over and over that he lets the players get by with anything and everything.

    He’s also right they should be focusing on their first win instead of some pouting, childish WR. The fact they tied the Browns (with Tyrod the Terrible at QB) shows just how awful they are. They are a blocked FG from losing that game.

    The wheels have fallen off in Pittsburgh and Tomlin doesn’t seem to be able to fix it or even care about fixing it. The way that defense is playing they’ll be lucky to go 8-8. If they finish below .500 Tomlin has to go. He’s supposed to be a defensive guy and that defense is utterly pathetic.

  7. Logicalvoice, what is worth noting is that in Pittsburgh 8-8 is a really bad season. A disaster.

    In the entire NFL, only the Patriots can say the same thing. And they gave six ginmees from the AFC East every year.

    By the way. I am a huge Hines Ward fan. I hope he gets his HOF spot showing that the electors consider blocking a real football play.

  8. Just discovered some irony in the mention of Antonio Browns “twitter tussle.” If/when an NFL player speaks his mind on social media, on his own time, in a manner that some don’t agree with, there’s nobody talkin about his right to free speech he’s just considered to be potentially causing a distraction for his team and he needs to stop. However Kaepernick and others protesting in uniform, on company time however are defended because it’s “their right” and any potential distraction it may cause is downplayed. Why is that?

  9. AB is a diva but a diva who produces. I fail to see how his behavior is much different than OBJ from yesteryear. I also get the vibe that he cares just as much about his stat line than he does about winning

  10. Art Monk is more accomplished than Ward…Ward has slightly more catches and TDs, but that’s it!…Oh and when Monk retired, he wasn’t just the All Time catch leader for one team…but in NFL History…

    If it took Monk 13 years to get into the Hall of Fame…it should take Ward 15+ years to get in…

  11. tavisteelersfan
    Sep 22, 2018, 11:34 AM EDT
    Logicalvoice, what is worth noting is that in Pittsburgh 8-8 is a really bad season. A disaster.

    In the entire NFL, only the Patriots can say the same thing. And they gave six ginmees from the AFC East every year.

    By the way. I am a huge Hines Ward fan. I hope he gets his HOF spot showing that the electors consider blocking a real football play.

    Oh ya I forgot that the Steelers play in that incredibly tough division with Cleveland and Cincinnati. The Patriots actually have a higher winning percentage against the AFC North than Pittsburgh does so I guess the Pats would be even better if they played in that “tough” division. By the way, didn’t you guys tie Cleveland LOL

  12. yinzer412 says:
    September 22, 2018 at 10:19 am
    Not a hall of famer? You’re ignorant to the sport. He has stats, 2 superbowls. MVP award of one, and was a complete receiver…knocking your teams backers d!#ks in the dirt. And shame on your Mr dirty south he’s from Atlanta Georgia. Fool
    ++++
    Don’t forget he wasn’t immune to dirty cheap shots on opposing players.

  13. I find it troubling that a grown adult who acts and spews venom like a juvenile needs to be told it’s wrong. Really ?? What next ? Stomp your feet and not show up for work ?
    Oooops,….. he already did that. My bad. lol smh

  14. Steeler culture is dead, as you get your super stars thanking the spot light and shinning it on them, that is the new culture of the Steelers, Team concept is gone. Every player for themselves now!

  15. Antonio is another TO. I bet at the end of his career he will have played for 5-6 different teams he will be a tumor for all of them.

  16. Hopefully they’ll get all of this childish bs we’re seeing now out of their collective systems early in the season and get themselves ready for a Super Bowl run down the track…

  17. One of the dirtiest players in Steelers’s history (there are so many) weighs in on one of the biggest complainers in Steelers’ history. Who cares what he thinks? And why are Steelers’s fans still talking about this clown and not why their team is all alone in the AFCN basement? What a train wreck!

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