Antonio Brown responds to Art Rooney II

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On Thursday afternoon, Steelers owner Art Rooney II cast grave doubt on receiver Antonio Brown‘s future in Pittsburgh. Later in the day, Brown had a response.

It’s just not clear what his response means.

Brown tweeted a photo of himself with Rooney, shaking hands presumably on one of the days that one of Brown’s two long-term, big-money contracts was announced to the world. Brown adds this message to the photo: “Good Business #Boomin.”

So . . . does he mean that good business had been done on the day of the photo? Or is he making a sarcastic comment regarding the wisdom of Rooney’s remarks? Or is Brown simply happy to possibly getting that which he may want: A one-way ticket out of town?

Whatever the message, Brown isn’t bashful about speaking his mind. Which, if the goal is to secure a trade, may be the key to getting what he wants.

125 responses to “Antonio Brown responds to Art Rooney II

  1. One thing is clear…Steelers fans will respond to AB’s response by breathlessly defending management’s total control over the situation. Nothing is more in vogue these days than blaming labor, talent, and workers in any event where all-powerful, all-knowing, wise and moral and benevolent billionaires are in question.

  2. I wonder…..

    What potential trade partners think about an obviously insecure player who could impact their locker room and who might actually demand a new contract because on the face of it he’ll be technically be underpaid going forward each seaon because of the heavy signing bonus paid by a team he no longer plays for.

    What his sponsors (reportedly 12 deals) think about Mister Me First.

    What the QBs and WRs of teams reportedly trade candidates think of having someone like this guy and the attention he’ll demand.

    Alas, the Gold and Black Killer Bs are almost gone. Bell, Brown, Bryant, Boswell and aged Ben.

    A lot of sizzle, no steak.

  3. A reasonable adult would have spoken directly to Tomlin and Rooney, apologized for his behavior, and tweeted, “Steeler for life!”.

    Well, we’ll see how this goes.

  4. Did a feud with an owner ever end well? As good as Brown is, there are a lot of his “fans” who care nothing about Pittsburgh, only about what he gives them in fantasy leagues. As an organization, The Steelers have survived losing a star before and they’ll do it again. Develop the kids and move on from this chronic diva.

  5. Your career is over because other QB’s can’t throw 50 yard arching bombs like Big Ben. Maybe Joe Flacco but he won’t be on a team Brown will be traded too. Send him to the Raiders or Cards. Either way, he will never ever equal his success in Pittsburgh. Every WR that’s left the steelers in the big ben era can’t play on other teams because the only route they know how to run is the slugo. big ben spoiled him more than he realizes and this stunt of talking back to the owner. how dumb is this guy!?

  6. I believe people love watching the NFL. I believe the NFL is stronger than ever. I also believe the vast numbers of people would support the teams and owners to use the good judgement not to sign and pay these guys that cause problems for the team and fellow teammates. Brown is probably one year behind Dez Bryant in the inevitable decline of all athletes.

  7. Brown has absolutely no restraint whatsoever…always has to have the last word…

    Zero chance this was meant as a respectful to Mr. Rooney!!!

  8. Antoni Brown has no reason to be mad at the Steelers.
    he got paid, he’s on a generally winning team.
    Yeah, this year they didn’t make the playoffs, it happens.

    AB is jealous that JuJu SMith-Shuster has developed into such a good player and gets some of the passes that AB used to get.
    TOUGH!
    It’s a TEAM sport. You are a great player? So other teams use their players to cover you more leaving other players like JJSS open. This happens in all sports.

    AB is the new TO.

  9. Tonyzendajes, I teach my kids that they are responsible for their own actions. This off field stuff is Browns’s fault, no one other than Brown is responsible for it. On field, coaches need to coach and such but again the responsibility to know what to do is on the player. The owners pay for coaches and players to perform and that is really their only duty. Actions and behavior fall on each person to take care of their business.

  10. Antonio Brown would have made more this year – a contentious contract year –

    To be in the top 1% you have to make $350k. Over 35 years that’s $12.25 Million.

    He passed up more than some of those in the top 1% make their entire lives working 50-60 hours per week with little say in job security.

    Nothing makes sense anymore.

  11. Peter Kings podcast talked about this and it was fascinating. Brown is not a super fast receiver nor does he run precise routes. Ben extends plays and Brown is excellent at improvising. In short Ben and AB have a special chemistry that likely won’t translate to
    Most NFL teams. Maybe KC.

  12. I forsee nobody being willing to take on the headaches AND the contract.
    He’s gonna stay a Steeler, everyone will pretend like it’s all good, until he has a very public outburst during a game.
    I can’t wait!!!

  13. No matter how great a receiver Brown is (and he clearly is great), his attitude, maturity and methods of communicating are about that of a 5 year old child. Why can’t this guy just make a clear and understandable statement? Why can’t he pick up a phone and actually talk to someone in the organization? These cryptic social media comments make no sense and won’t help him stay in Pittsburgh and repair the fences he needs to repair. Does anybody think this won’t happen at his next landing spot? What a waste of brains. Thanks for letting us Steeler fans down, Brown.

  14. Loads of talent, no brains. Why cant he realize every dumb comment costs him more money and a smaller pool of teams willing to trade for him. Mr Rooney seems like a kind and decent man. Just for once I wish he would take ANY offer for AB from The Bills, Bengals, Redskins or Jaguars.

    All this because JuJu was voted MVP over him?

  15. I’m hoping that the way to fix what’s going on in the locker room is clearing out the malcontents. Awesome players that they are, maybe the Steelers can get back to just playing football. We’ll see how it goes.

  16. With all their draft picks I’m guessing he will be a Raider next year . Gruden has already proven he’s great at making bad personnel decisions so adding a me first lockerroom cancer for a hefty price fits right in with his track record .

  17. One thing is clear…Steelers fans will respond to AB’s response by breathlessly defending management’s total control over the situation. Nothing is more in vogue these days than blaming labor, talent, and workers in any event where all-powerful, all-knowing, wise and moral and benevolent billionaires are in question.

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    blaming the talent when the talent is a pain in the butt isnt about being in vogue. anyone can see AB mucked this situation up on his own.
    also, how dare someone who owns something speak about that which he owns-im talking about owning the team, not the player btw.

  18. This is what happens when you have overpaid, spoiled children, making millions for playing a kid’s game, left without adult supervision in the locker room! It turns into a teenage girl pajama party! Bell, AB, Martavis, doing what they please! Joey Porter & Todd Haley acting like Drunk fools in Public! Who’s been running the Clown car this whole time? Tomlin. Absolutely zero discipline! Now it’s showing on the field the last 3 years, especially during big games! Mr. Rooney, don’t you think firing the bad babysitter would be more effective than jumping in the media sandbox? Take care of business behind closed doors and end the mefia drama club sir! It’s time for grown ups to act!

  19. AB has recieved OVER 30 MILLION dollars the last 2 years, with the prospect of earning ANOTHER 30 million dollars in the next two years if he could just keep his mouth shut & play. I don’t get his unhappyness…….I just don’t get it.

  20. “One thing is clear…Steelers fans will respond to AB’s response by breathlessly defending management’s total control over the situation. Nothing is more in vogue these days than blaming labor, talent, and workers in any event where all-powerful, all-knowing, wise and moral and benevolent billionaires are in question”

    Management is not controlling AB. He made his decisions. He also did so under the constraints of both the team he is contracted with and the union he paid dues to be a part of. When you sign a contract, when you join and union – you have given up part of your own free agency in agreement for something else. Either security, supposed bargaining power, etc. If you want total control over your decisions then as a player you disband the NFLPA and you sign a one year contract. In that respect you have total control, you do what you want, when you want and you decide everything associated with your employment. Otherwise you’ve already made your concessions.
    The Union has as much control over AB as does the front office of the Steelers. In both situations he agreed to the terms.

  21. I could be wrong but of all the things said about AB, nobody has ever claimed he was very bright. He seems intent on proving everyone correct on a daily basis.

  22. Sweet, no starting All-Pro RB or WR next year. Do they not know Ben can’t play forever? Rebuild now? thats crazytalk. Blow it up then…the Steelers are in for some lean years.

  23. Brown is a dyed-in-the-wool narcissist without a functioning guilt-mechanism. If you cannot monetize your relationship with Brown, you are invisible. Soon we will hear that “he just wants to win”.

  24. Antonio doesn’t like Ben. Well, who really does? However, for the amount of money Antonio gets, you would think he’d be happy. Plus Steelers have won over the years. As a Browns fan, seeing this is just shocking!

  25. NFL Fan logic

    Antonio Brown twerks
    Steeler fans: “He’s just out there having fun, if you don’t like it, stop him.”

    Antonio Brown drop kicks a punter
    Steeler fans: “Dude was trying to make a play, but if you aren’t ready get off of the train tracks.”

    Antonio Brown films himself in the locker room during a coach speech
    Steeler fans: “He’s just trying to give the fans an inside view of the team.”

    Antonio Brown gets in an argument with Ben and the coach
    Steeler fans: “We’ve seen it before. They’ll be fine.”

    Antonio Brown misses week 17
    Steeler fans: “Good luck whoever gets this diva, he’s a distraction!”

  26. Everytime a player does something the fans don’t like whether the player is in the right or wrong you can count on a group of fans to join the “Uh he wasn’t dont good anyways” brigade.

    Criticize his behaviour, attitude, tackiness all you want but you jump the shark trying to demean his on field production.

    Absolutely hilarious.

  27. Antonio could have been an all time legend, now he is Chad Johnson/T.O. combo. See ya 84… Steelers will be in playoffs next season. Plax, Martavis, Santonio, Mike, and Emmanuel… we can always replace WR’s.

  28. Brown could be overplaying his hand. He’s a great WR but many teams won’t want to deal with the nonsense that he brings along. My guess is is signs a big money deal with a bad team and never wins again. Unless the Pats bring him in. Bill B seems to have a way of turning malcontents around.

  29. Too easy to pile on and call him a Diva and worse.
    As someone who has suffered their fair share of concussions and probably has CTE, I am concerned about AB. He went from sweet young player and good teammate to crazy in a few short years, and it has been progressing rapidly. I think the concussions have paid a toll and that is why he is acting so irrationally. He seemed like a likeable player early in his career. I hope he can get the help he needs and that the Steelers recognize it.

  30. Who would give up a high draft pick for him at this point. I know he had the quad injury early in training camp, but he looked like he lost a step to me this year. I didn’t see him separate like he had. However, with his recent attitude (probably always like that but we are seeing it publicly now) and off field trouble (not major but could be an issue), I don’t want my team to trade for him (Raiders fan). It might be an Antonio Holmes type trade, where the Steelers get a mid to late round pick. I think the Jets gave a 5ht or 6th rounder back in the day.

  31. It seems like as long as you have social media you going to consistently have this drama. My take is AB comes back this season and plays for the Steelers but if you do trade him you better get a number 1 and/or an immediate impact player of defense at linebacker/secondary.

  32. Anyone who thinks that teams won’t be willing to put up with AB’s antics are understating his talent and underestimating NFL GMs and owners. Maybe AB is a product of having Big Ben throwing him the ball. But, he’s been such a playmaker and has consistently shown the ability to make plays that he’ll be scooped up by a receiver needy team with the cap space to get him.

    You don’t think teams like Arizona, Buffalo, Tennessee, and Washington wouldn’t jump at the chance to pick him up? Heck, even the Patriots could swing in and grab him. (I doubt they would but they’ve taken troubled WRs in the past.)

    My guess is only a select number of teams wouldn’t take the headache.

  33. In Brown’s mind, the ultimate payback would be to play for one of the Steelers bitter rivals, such as the Ravens, Bengals or the Patriots. Or he could wind up in football hell and this whole feud backfires on him…

  34. not a Steeler fan but: did the Steelers miss Brown (don’t think so), has any Steeler WR equal his Steeler success elsewhere? Just a thought: maybe, just maybe, Roethlisberger makes the receivers great, not the other way around…

  35. tonyzendejas says:
    January 11, 2019 at 6:41 am
    One thing is clear…Steelers fans will respond to AB’s response by breathlessly defending management’s total control over the situation. Nothing is more in vogue these days than blaming labor, talent, and workers in any event where all-powerful, all-knowing, wise and moral and benevolent billionaires are in question.

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    I would typically agree with you. Labor over management. But AB is a damn headcase.

  36. It’s hard to imagine any team in the NFL going after this individual. It’s very clear from Brown’s own comments, and his overall behavior, that he would be a team liability in almost any setting one can imagine. Some guys are just idiots, and that cannot be cured.

  37. Santonio Holmes, Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown. The beat goes on. They leave and they never enjoy the same success. The Steelers know when to cut bait. Did I mention Yancey Thigpen?…

  38. At this point, I wouldn’t want him on my home team no matter how talented he is; and the more he talks, the less I want him.

    That said, redemption is possible (as far as I’m concerned). If, after prolonged media silence, he were to come out, stand tall, and take full responsibility for his childish behavior, that would go a very, very long way (again, as far as I’m concerned, anyway).

    These are still young men; most, if not all, of them have lived “in a bubble” nearly all their lives.

  39. Too many disgruntled players is a good indication that there is disfunction within the ranks of management. The Steelers will lose the best WR and best RB in the league. Good luck with that

  40. Blame who’s really responsible.
    It’s Trippy, he has absolutely zero control!
    This doesn’t happen in an organization like the Patriots!’
    Say or think what you want, but it’s true!

  41. fujoeboo says:

    January 11, 2019 at 9:07 am

    What happened to all the Steelers fans that would always say what a class act AB is compared to other receivers?

    I have not ever seen a Steelers fan say that AB is a class act. He is the hardest working player on the team and prepares for a game like no other, but he is far from a class act.

  42. “I forsee nobody being willing to take on the headaches AND the contract.”

    His contract would be 39 million over 3 years with no guaranteed money.
    Any GM would take that money for a guy who is still setting receiving records.

    Headache though, that may be the deal breaker.

  43. I sometimes wonder if Drew Rosenhaus clients are self-centered like this because of the ego stroking he does to get them to be his clients or is this the true nature of his clients. I tend to believe he has to deal with some pretty emotionally immature and insecure people and they’re the ones who act out this way, so it may be a combination of agents like Rosenhaus using them to get what he can from them and their own nature because not all of them are like this. The irony is that these players’ insecurities probably helped drive them to work as hard as they did to perform as well as they do because they want to leave no doubt they’re the best. But it’s a shame they never realize that true long lasting admiration has more to do with they way they behave than the way they perform.

  44. nflfollower says:
    January 11, 2019 at 8:25 am
    How many teams still in the playoffs have a loud mouth diva reciever like AB or OBJ?
    ———-
    This comment got me thinking. Bill Belichick does not allow players to talk, the players do not celebrate scoring TDs – other than spiking the ball – and apparently no one on the team has any fun. They have no divas – not allowed. How many of you can even name the starting wide receiver? I can’t.

    And yet they go deep in the playoffs every year.

  45. It’s not just Tomlin and Rooney II that brown has a beef with…. or that has a beef with brown… his teammates have spoken out, and also names Ju Ju team MVP.

  46. captainwhodat says:

    January 11, 2019 at 9:44 am

    not a Steeler fan but: did the Steelers miss Brown (don’t think so), has any Steeler WR equal his Steeler success elsewhere? Just a thought: maybe, just maybe, Roethlisberger makes the receivers great, not the other way around…

    The only player that comes close is Emmanuel Sanders. He really was just starting to come into his own when he left for Denver and that was actually when the Steelers decided that Antonio Brown would be their guy. Not many other receivers have left the Steelers to play elsewhere with much success…….Nate Washington, Mike Wallace, Martavis Bryant? Not much success there.

  47. The Almighty Cabbage says:

    January 11, 2019 at 10:13 am

    At this point, I wouldn’t want him on my home team no matter how talented he is; and the more he talks, the less I want him.

    Every fan wants their team to win the Super Bowl and if having AB on the team gets them to the Super Bowl, you would absolutely want it if your home team signed him.

  48. footballboozer says:

    January 11, 2019 at 10:16 am

    Blame who’s really responsible.
    It’s Trippy, he has absolutely zero control!
    This doesn’t happen in an organization like the Patriots!’
    Say or think what you want, but it’s true!

    Tomlin does not have control but that is his choice. His style of coaching is to treat his players like “men” and allow them to work out their issues as teammates rather than stepping in to install discipline. He tries to be a friend first and that is the problem. Ownership (majority ownership anyway) has tolerated it because the Steelers have not lost more than 8 games in a season since he started coaching in 2007 and they have had a winning record in 10 out of 12 years.

  49. fujoeboo says:
    January 11, 2019 at 9:07 am
    What happened to all the Steelers fans that would always say what a class act AB is compared to other receivers?

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    I haven’t seen any Steelers’ fans on here claiming Brown is a class act. Quite the opposite, most all that I have seen, are calling him out and wanting him gone. I get fans of other teams hate the Steelers, Patriots and other successful teams that are at the top of their division most years. (Yes, as of late, the Pats have owned the Steelers when it really counted..lol) However, if there is one thing that the above mentioned teams have proven over the last several years, they know how to turnover the talent to maintain quality teams. So, and I’m sorry to disappoint, I wouldn’t plan on either’s total collapse just yet.

  50. LMAO hey AB, why don’t you ring up Mike Wallace, Emmanuel Sanders, Martavis Bryant and Santonio Holmes and ask them how their careers went after Pittsburgh….

    – Giants Fan

  51. ‘Boomin” > ‘Boomer’ is a nickname for journeymen craftsmen who travel around the country to seek employment in their trade craft.

    He ain’t hangin’ around

  52. I use to like AB. True colors are now showing, what a class act. Disappointing he is becoming such a Me first cancerous diva.

  53. Be careful with what you wish for Steelers fans, Tomlin tho far from perfect, has kept the team competitive and relevant for many years and in the nfl that’s not necessarily easy to do. For every Bill Belichick, McVay there are far more like Wilks, Bowles, Jackson etc. Good and great coaches are very hard hard to come by. The Patriots really do have an unfair advantage with BB at helm as he’s head and shoulders above the rest.

  54. steelcurtainn says:
    January 11, 2019 at 9:29 am
    It seems like as long as you have social media you going to consistently have this drama.

    Boom! I blame the 4 letter network for deifying childish behavior in their recaps and analysis. They started the Diva Revolution. Along comes social media and it’s out of control. The human race got along fine for most of recorded history without everyone knowing every second of someone else’s lives. I’m not sure how this is better.

  55. Doubt they get much for him even at a “reasonable” 13M a year contract or whatever it is. Teams are wisening up to potential disruptions.

    And his cap hit isn’t too much to trade/cut. It’s too little not to cut actually. 20M to trade/cut and probably almost that to keep.

  56. I love how the fans still embrace this ME FIRST clown no matter how he acts. I guess “character” is not a word in their vocabulary. No wonder they try and strangle pregnant away team fans in the stands while their collapsing team is being treated to an LA beatdown.

  57. AB is a punk and a diva. He likely too stupid and too immature to realize that he is getting paid a fortune to play for one of the best organizations in the NFL. Ship him off to Washington, Arizona, Jax or some other dumpster fire franchise and let AB experience a 5-11 squad where the qb gets him the ball about 60 times a year. Once AB settles into a NFL wasteland (and that is coming), to his hearts content AB can fire off nonsensical, incomprehensible tweets which will be appropriately ignored by the everyone in the league.

  58. Next thing we’ll see AB channeling his George Costanza and dragging one of the Steelers Lombardi’s behind his car.

  59. NFL players generally rise up through the ranks of pee wee, HS & college being groomed and trained to be the best of the best – and so they are. Along with that comes a lot of preferential treatment. They are expected to be super competitive and always perform at a high level.

    To be a successful NFL player requires a tremendous amount of work. People like to talk about how “lucky” these guys are. Well, they’ve put in a ton of time & effort to get where they are. They get paid like they do because the players make the NFL a TON of money. Anyone capable of playing pro sports deserves every penny they get. Why? Because they earn what the market says their talents are worth.

    I know a lot of fans expect players to live up to whatever arbitrary behavioral standards they set at any given moment. But they’re human beings. AB has a lot of talent, and he seems to be abrasive – or whatever. Who cares? It’s not your money. We don’t need to take on everything as a personal outrage. AB doesn’t live in our world. He will make more money than any of us can imagine. It is what it is.

  60. 667s650w says:January 11, 2019 at 8:27 am
    Peter Kings podcast talked about this and it was fascinating. Brown is not a super fast receiver nor does he run precise routes. Ben extends plays and Brown is excellent at improvising. In short Ben and AB have a special chemistry that likely won’t translate to
    Most NFL teams.
    =============================

    You just described Gregg Jennings. Gregg thought HE made the QB looked good and was upset that Aaron Rodgers was getting the accolades (and big contracts). He and his sister mouthed their way out of Green Bay to the Vikings. Suddenly he found out that it was indeed Rodgers that made Jennings look good. Instead of receiving balls in his hands in stride in Green Bay, balls were now bouncing 5 yards in front of him, behind him, over his head, etc. Careful what you wish for.

  61. tonyzendejas says:

    One thing is clear…Steelers fans will respond to AB’s response by breathlessly defending management’s total control over the situation. Nothing is more in vogue these days than blaming labor, talent, and workers in any event where all-powerful, all-knowing, wise and moral and benevolent billionaires are in question.
    —————————————————-
    I’m a labor advocate. In every dispute between the NFLPA and owners, I’ve sided with players going back long before the ’87 strike. I believe players should be paid everything they can make. But where exactly have the all-knowing billionaires in this situation abused the poor player?

    Antonio Brown is the second-highest-paid wide receiver in football, slightly behind OBJ. When he repeatedly engaged in Me-Me-Me antics following touchdowns that resulted in 15-yard penalties against the team, he was given a pass. When he taped a private locker-room speech by his coach and posted it on Facebook, he was given a pass. When he wore non-regulation shoes for a game–after being told not to do so–and was pulled from the game by league officials, he was given a pass. When he threw a cooler on the sidelines in a temper tantrum because he wasn’t getting what he thought was enough attention from the quarterback, he was given a pass. His teammates chose another player as their most valuable, and he faked an injury to skip practice for a week leading up to a do-or-die game, then had his agent call at the ninth hour and inform the head coach he’d be willing to show up on gameday for his $17 million a year. And for once, the coach said no. FOR ONCE, his actions had actual consequences.

    So yeah, I’m with the Big Bad Billionaire on this one just as I was with the Big Bad Billionaire with this team’s other diva was offered a contract that would have made him the highest-paid RB in the league and that still wasn’t good enough. Let’s not confuse real labor issues with Players Behaving Badly.

  62. TimTebowGodOfFootballKarma says:

    January 11, 2019 at 11:14 am

    I love how the fans still embrace this ME FIRST clown no matter how he acts. I guess “character” is not a word in their vocabulary. No wonder they try and strangle pregnant away team fans in the stands while their collapsing team is being treated to an LA beatdown.

    If AB was on the angelic team that you root for, you would embrace him wholeheartedly.

  63. Raiders inhaling a lot of shame after sending Cooper to Dallas due to Cooper having a v-reversal of form. Hoped for fix would be to bring in Brown to make Gruden and company appear to have flipped things so that they have ended up with Brown for Cooper and improving in the draft. The agents and media will collude to make Gruden appear a genius with a plan all along, but it will inevitably fall apart sooner than later. Within two years it won’t be Brown, but Gruden, who will be the masked singer/dancer on a failed over promoted network show.

  64. Brown was a 6th (SIXTH) round draft pick. The Steelers found him, drafted him, developed him and he flourished on the Steelers with Big Ben throwing hundreds of passes to him.

    So much for appreciation, loyalty, and understanding how much the Steelers invested in him and what he’s given back to the team, the ownership and the fans.

    It’s a 2-way street but Brown is only all about himself

  65. Remember head case Lagarrett Blount? Tomlin couldn’t handle him so he was waived, no compensation, but not before Blount paved the way for Leveon Bell’s suspension. Bellichik had no Blount problems and went on to use him for a couple Super Bowl victories. Meanwhile Tomlin can’t motivate his squad to beat bottom-dwelling teams and thereby losing/missing playoffs. But Tomlin might choose to retire in 20 years, so cheer up, Steeler Nation.

  66. How in the world is any of the nonsense that Antonio Brown has pulled this year the fault of the Steelers? Listen, not a single one of these guys is forced to play football in the NFL. They all get a free college education, yes free, then they can take their accounting degree and go make 55k a year. But no, they sign a contract, get it SIGN A CONTRACT, then turn right around and pull nonsense like holding out until they get an extension, or bellyaching because they aren’t getting the ball thrown to them enough. Really Boo friggin hoo. Even a rookie can make more in their first year than a lot of people will make in 10 years all the while getting the best health care available. Oh and so they may get hurt… ever hear of a police officer or firefighter? Or how about the construction worker who gets hurt on a construction site huh??? He ain’t making 500k a year. I was a Steeler season ticket holder for over 20 years and I’v had enough of these prima donnas. If you don’t like your contract… then don’t sign, and if you, man up and abide by it. I say good bye to AB, the last thing this city deserves is another overpaid dancing with the stars prima donna. Bye bye dude!

    tonyzendejas says:
    January 11, 2019 at 6:41 am
    One thing is clear…Steelers fans will respond to AB’s response by breathlessly defending management’s total control over the situation. Nothing is more in vogue these days than blaming labor, talent, and workers in any event where all-powerful, all-knowing, wise and moral and benevolent billionaires are in question

  67. Most NFL careers go by in the blink of an eye. Does AB think he’s immune to time? There’s young blood trying to get in the league everyday. Maybe the next AB. Maybe even better. He is blowing it big time. He may be talented, but who would pay big money with all the risk he is exposing? He has shown tremendous disloyalty to the team that paid him.

  68. “Brown is an over-paid loud mouth diva.”

    He is not overpaid based on salaries for wide-outs.

    He’s not particularly loud.

    I don’t like that trait in a player but he may very well be a “diva” which is common and often admired in guys who play that particular position.

  69. A fan base that waives yellow towels, while yelling at the top of their lungs, calling a player on their favorite team a “loud diva” is somewhat ironic.

  70. I hope they keep AB but whatever happens happens. The Steelers need to continue stack up on the backend of their defense. This is the real problem besides the drama. Oh and hire a clock management coach. Why Tomlin continues to do this is mind boggling.

  71. Let’s see how good he would be without Ben throwing the ball to him every other play. Let’s see how he does in on, say, Jacksonville

  72. tigerlilac says:
    January 11, 2019 at 1:17 pm
    A fan base that waives yellow towels, while yelling at the top of their lungs, calling a player on their favorite team a “loud diva” is somewhat ironic.

    ——————————–

    Yeah, many times, while watching other teams on TV, I’ve had to check my remote to make sure that I haven’t accidentally pressed the mute button. Then they pan the stadium crowd, and I notice everyone sitting in silence, with their arms to their sides. Not sure why they call some of those other teams fans the 12th man, or other such things.

  73. I am concerned that Antonio Brown is suffering from mental illness. His behavior has seriously degraded since the Burfict hit in the playoffs,this might be a CTE situation. He is clearly not in his right mind.

  74. Bell and Brown are little babies. They both got the money and then decided that they were bigger than the team. Bell is going to fail wherever he goes . Someone is going to pay his $15-20 million a year for his two previous ACL injuries and baggage and then instantly regret it. Brown on the other hand is going to still be a great receiver but sometimes its the QB that makes the receiver. You both are cry babies .. you both need a good headshake and a dose of reality.

  75. I’m a fan of one of the Steelers rivals and this one is tricky for them. But man, we can’t forget how great this guy is. He still has years left but there’s a reasonable chance he goes down as one of the best five receivers EVER, right? Am I overrating?

    If I’m the Steelers I try to repair the relationship. But he must have been awful – they’re killing his trade value. What can you get for him? No way I’d trade him within the conference.

    This could be the end of this Steelers (Big Ben) run. They’d feel his loss.

  76. Steelers need a fresh start. Whether due to bad luck or Tomlin not setting the right tone they somehow wound up with two of the biggest “me first” guys in the entire league in Smith Bell. It’s totally ruined the culture of the team.

  77. joshgordonsbong says:

    January 11, 2019 at 10:48 am

    LMAO hey AB, why don’t you ring up Mike Wallace, Emmanuel Sanders, Martavis Bryant and Santonio Holmes and ask them how their careers went after Pittsburgh….

    – Giants Fan

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    Back in your corner at the bottom of the division… again.

  78. Le’veon Bell is gonna play for the Chiefs next year. The beauty of these teams that hit on a great, cheap rookie QB

  79. exinsidetrader says:
    January 11, 2019 at 8:05 am
    Steelers need to clean house.
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    Yes – starting at the top. Tomlin has lost the locker room.

  80. Every fan wants their team to win the Super Bowl and if having AB on the team gets them to the Super Bowl, you would absolutely want it if your home team signed him.

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    I don’t think I’ve ever heard a fan or GM say that they were just a WR away from winning a SB…so many fans just don’t get it. You Do Not Need To Have A Great WR To Win In The NFL. If he’s so great, why didn’t he bring his current team to the playoffs?

    As BB always states “stats are for losers, i judge games by the scoreboard.”

  81. So everybody still thinks it’s the players from the same team wanting out and nobody is asking why Pittsburgh is so bad to play for. I mean, other than having to cater to the crybaby antics of an (alleged) sex offender in Ben Roethlisberger?

  82. Wow, had no idea how much Steeler nation had soured on Brown. I’m not saying you’re/they’re wrong just didn’t realize how angry.

  83. Can’t wait to get his crazy @ss out of Pittsburgh; I want to send him to a QB deficient team so then when he’s catching 4 balls a game for 40 yards, he’ll learn just how good he had it in Pittsburgh.

    Ask Santonio Holmes how’d that work out when we sent him to the Jets.

  84. @jmalit – really the attack on Ben again? AB isn’t paid what he’s getting without Ben…Their chemistry is proven, so AB’s meltdown because he was ‘disrespected’ is absolutely ridiculous. You were asked to rerun a route because you ran it wrong the first time. Boo Hoo…shut up and do the job you were paid to do, and paid well. That paycheck doesn’t come if you are playing for Denver, Jacksonville, the Jets, the Redskins or any other team without a HOF QB and an OL that is outstanding. Should never bite the hand that feeds you.

    My problem with AB is that he hasn’t honored his contract, the one he wanted, the one he signed for, in essence promising to play for the team that drafted him 6th Round and developed him into the great receiver that he is today. Shut up, do your job. When your contract expires test Free Agency.

  85. Off the tracks. No way that Steelers can keep him any longer. Clean house and learn from mistakes. This might be legitimate mental illness, possibly Bipolar illness; if so, I hope he gets help.

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