Antonio Brown uses social media to force his way out

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In 2005, Terrell Owens wanted out of Philadelphia. But he had limited tools for getting what he wanted, relative to what he’d have today.

Today, T.O. would have social media. Today, Antonio Brown has social media, and Antonio Brown is using it to support his desire to get out of Pittsburgh.

It’s unclear whether it will work, but Brown has been using his Twitter account to ruminate and agitate and instigate, taking aim most recently at quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and coach Mike Tomlin. And that could be Brown’s best weapon, because the Steelers have yet to find a trade partner or otherwise show any concrete willingness to give Brown what he wants.

So if the Steelers are thinking about playing hardball with Brown, Brown’s social-media habit could be the thing that gets the Steelers to decide that enough is enough and that keeping Brown around will be more trouble than it’s worth — even if the Steelers eventually will be giving Brown what he wants at a time when the Steelers realize that giving Brown what he wants could be a bad precedent.

18 responses to “Antonio Brown uses social media to force his way out

  1. Don’t trade him and suspend him first 4 games of the season for conduct detrimental to the team with his social media blitz. If he keeps it up while suspended another 4 games. Wash, rinse repeat until he shuts up.

  2. I wish I had the ability to force my way out of a job that pays me millions of dollars just to play a few months of the year. Instead of being thankful AB is acting like a gigantic diva. We live in a very sad world.

  3. I’m usually on the side of players in disputes, but the Steelers offered to make Bell the highest-paid back in league history, and I still can’t figure out what Brown is disputing. JuJu’s team MVP? Not getting the ball enough? Being called out for faking an injury before a do-or-die game? What exactly is the problem?

    His incessant whining has become like the sound of Charlie Brown’s teacher: “wha wha wha wha.” White noise. If the Steelers have the option to suspend him, then by all means, suspend him. I’d like him to be gone, but at the same time, I have an aversion to giving in to tantrum-throwing toddlers. Do the league a favor and take the cap hit for everyone. Just let the fool sit out until his value deteriorates and his career is over. And therapy. Please get him therapy.

  4. In Brown’s mind he didn’t “quit” on the Steelers. He fully 100% expected to play when he showed up Sunday for the Bengals game. Trip Tomlin had let him go so long without any consequences for his diva actions that this just seemed like just one more case of do whatever you want and then say whatever you want. Kind of like when Trip Tomlin purposely tripped an opposing player and then lied about it by saying it was not on purpose. If no accountability is shown by the coach the player thinks that applies to him too.

  5. Everyone else: “Its Mike Tomlin’s fault for not holding Antonio Brown responsible for his actions.”

    Antonio Brown: “It’s Mike Tomlin’s fault for trying to hold me responsible for my actions!”

  6. citizenstrange, small technicality, but Tomlin didn’t actually trip anyone. He stepped into the runner’s lane, and Baltimore’s Jacoby Jones ran around him. And there was accountability. Tomlin was fined $100,000.

  7. Deb says:
    February 18, 2019 at 4:51 pm
    citizenstrange, small technicality, but Tomlin didn’t actually trip anyone. He stepped into the runner’s lane, and Baltimore’s Jacoby Jones ran around him. And there was accountability. Tomlin was fined $100,000.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Tomlin never admitted it was on purpose and lied to the end that it was an accident. If he would have just said “Yeah, it was stupid but I just got caught up in the game and didn’t want him to run for a touchdown” I would have not had a problem with it. Cowher almost tackled an opposing runner one time but he sure didn’t lie about it. I don’t like liars and as long as they continue to lie I do not forgive them for it.

  8. citizenstrange says:
    ” I would have not had a problem with it. Cowher almost tackled
    an opposing runner one time but he sure didn’t lie about it.
    I don’t like liars and as long as they continue to lie I do not
    forgive them for it. ”

    What are you saying … How much was Cowher fined, pre-Goodell?
    Tomlin accepted responsibility for his actions. He said he was at fault, and
    he was reprimanded heavily for it. He paid what was at the time, an exceedingly
    high fine for stepping on the field of play.

    There was no accident, no collision, and no tripping. You’re making it up.
    In his effort to step back, Tomlin had 3 toes on the turf, and the closest
    Jacoby Jones ever came was 5 yds away.

    But here’s the rub, Tomlin and Jacoby Jones were off-season friends, and
    even after that incident, Tomlin claimed Jones off waivers from the Chargers
    and brought him to the Steelers in an effort to revive his career as a returner.
    He failed miserably, and Tomlin was forced to bench him and
    eventually cut him.

    Do you really think Tomlin would have maliciously tried to hurt his buddy —
    especially on a play that would have no impact on the outcome of the game?
    The game had already been decided. Steelers lost.

    But who are you foolin’. You’re one of the biggest Steelers bashers around
    and have been doggin’ Tomlin relentlessly. You also have an especially strange
    visceral attraction to Ben, and this has been going on for years.
    And that’s cool, it’s alright – just don’t lie about it.

    It’s your hatred,.. own it .. wear it proudly — just don’t try to mask it
    and make it about something that it’s not. We know what it’s all about.

  9. What a freaking mess. I never thought that the Steelers of all teams would be a circus.

  10. AB isn’t savvy enough to realize teams are watching this and some teams will have ZERO interest in a diva who ignores the rules and quits on his team. Just wait until he goes to a team and doesn’t get the ball fifteen times a game or when the team starts losing. He’ll throw another temper tantrum and attack that team on social media. I hope the Steelers stick it to him. This situation is past the point of no return so why not suspend him as often as you can and keep him on the inactive list. That would make him cry and meltdown even further to the point nobody will want him.

  11. Football was so much more enjoyable when these players were seen and not heard!

    As they would tell people in any other profession that acted like this: “NO ONE CARES WHAT YOU THINK, JUST SHUT THE EFF UP AND DO YOUR JOB”!!!

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