Antonio Brown: I don’t even have to play football

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Steelers receiver Antonio Brown has a new look with a blonde mustache and blue and gold streaks in his hair. Brown expects a life change in the next two weeks, with a change of scenery.

In a sit-down interview with ESPN, Brown said he doesn’t need football but still wants it.

“I don’t even have to play football if I don’t want. I don’t even need the game. I don’t need to prove nothing to anyone,” Brown told ESPN, via “If they wanna play, they going to play by my rules. If not, I don’t need to play.

“Obviously, I want the game, but I don’t need the game. It’s a difference.”

Brown again denied responsibility for the rift in the relationship with Ben Roethlisberger that is leading to Brown’s divorce from the team. It was a repeat of what he recently said on The Shop on HBO.

“I don’t take any blame,” Brown told ESPN. “I just think I took responsibility for my situation. I didn’t point a finger; I didn’t make anybody feel bad; I didn’t throw no stones at anyone.”

Brown and Roethlisberger didn’t have the kind of relationship Brown thinks they should have had off the field considering their relationship on the field.

“I would’ve liked for me and Ben to be cool. I thought we was cool,” Brown said. “When I think, I been to his house one time; he’s been to my house one time. We don’t work out in the offseason. It’s like, yo, if we really want to win, you think that’s winning? That’s not winning; that’s not winning culture.”

The Steelers reportedly want a first-round pick for Brown. He expects to have a new home before March 17 when the Steelers owe him a $2.5 million roster bonus.

“Why wouldn’t they not trade me? They gotta pay me $2.5 million on March 17,” Brown said. “If I invoice you March 17, $2.5 million that you gotta pay me, would you pay it or would you get somebody else to pay it? So it’s what — pretty much what’s good for their business.

“. . .They want to start a fresh offseason with no bad blood so their team could just focus on football. No distraction from any player. So I think they’ll get it done.”

119 responses to “Antonio Brown: I don’t even have to play football

  1. The only player I missed in my lifetime is Peyton Manning. plenty of great players over the years and the game keeps going.. Bye bye AB

  2. So two things are true here:

    (1) Brown is a diva;

    (2) Brown is equally correct about how the Steelers have created a toxic environment by not holding Roethlisberger to any account.

    It will be fun to see how far they fall. Ben’s age is creeping up, just like his INTs last season. It’s only a matter of time…

  3. Don’t trade him. Prohibit him from team property and faculties. “Here is your money, now shut up and go away until your contract is up. Don’t need the game, and the game is better without your type. Your salary is a small price to pay to rid you”.

  4. Well, he’s not hurting his trade value at all, if he really wants out of Pittsburg. They will only take a 1 or high 2nd for him. Otherwise he is back in Pittsburg, or holding out and NOT getting paid.

  5. His agent should pay for him to go away somewhere in seclusion for a few months as mr bird chest keeps making it harder for the Steelers to find a taker and harder for his agent to get more $

  6. Consider this the end. The national football league does not take kindly to those that say they don’t need the game. It’s proven every time a player sits out extended time with an injury. They all say how much they missed the game and how they took for granted the opportunity to play.

  7. All this over a silly team MVP award. Incredible. The guy is stone stupid.

  8. No respect to the game at all.If he never had the game he’d be just another street hustler.You don’t have to like the Steelers,but respect the game.

  9. Awwwww. Poor baby!! Take your ball and go home then. If your talking but not needing to play then your already retired!!

  10. Mr. Brown needs to shut up, his trade value is spinning downward as he speaks.

  11. Trying the Roethlisberger strategy I see, demanding to get paid and threatening retirement at the same time.

  12. And who still really believes this situation is about anyone but Antonio Brown?

    Been saying it all along, there’s no real bad blood. AB is tired of underachieving in Pittsburgh and wants a fresh start, a new contract, and an easier route to the Super Bowl.

    It’s always been about AB.

  13. I continue to read about Antonio Brown, a 31 year old wide receiver who is under contract for three more years demanding a new, guaranteed contract in a trade to a contending team that will play by Brown’s rules and has QB at least equal to Big Ben. He takes responsibility for none of the dysfunction in Pittsburgh though he and Ben are at its epicenter. If Brown doesn’t get his way he’ll give up football claiming he has his “millions” and can walk away from the game. I wonder if he understands this means he will probably need to pay back the prorated signing bonus (@$7 million) and get along without the $15.25 million he would be paid each of the next three years for playing a game. Perhaps he has prepared for his future after the game by studying another profession though I hope it is not brain surgery.

    In any other profession Brown would be radioactive, yet some equally delusional team will convince themselves that they can integrate Brown into their locker room given their strong “strong leaders”. Every time Brown opens his mouth his value decreases and he makes Drew Rosenhaus’ job more difficult. The blame lies with Art Rooney II and Steeler management who obviously pursued winning at any cost, creating a “soap opera” of dysfunction that has undermined the once proud franchise. Any owner who now employs Brown knows the carnival they are importing and its ultimate outcome. Perhaps the fans of the team that takes Brown will produce T-shirts of the owner(s) with a clown nose. I am, however, thankful that Big Ben has been silent. Perhaps he knows that a public confrontation would exponentially multiply the damage to the Steelers and his own reputation. Then again, Ben seems incapable of keeping his mouth closed for long. Stay tuned to Big Ben’s next radio show!

  14. “I don’t even have to play football if I don’t want –“ Antonio Brown.

    This ought to REALLY encourage another team to trade something decent for him AND redo his contract, which presumably he also wants.

    Really good move, Antonio

  15. The agent for Mr. Big Chest must be ticked off. Dude, shut up until after your traded.

  16. You forgot to mention Brown said any new team ” has to play by MY rules” This guy is seriously delusional if he thinks someone will pay him $20+mill & give him the option of even showing up.

  17. “Why wouldn’t they not trade me?”

    Is it “Why would they not trade me?” or “Why wouldn’t they trade me?
    Assuming they should or would like to trade him, if they could.
    Or is it the other way around?

  18. I’m sure lots of teams want a player that says: “If they wanna play,they going to play by my rules”.

    Stay humble AB.

  19. That might be the best case scenario for everyone involved.
    Just walk away AB. You are quickly turning into a embarrassment.

  20. They are gonna find out soon he is not worth a 1st.

    At his age and contract demands gonna be shocked if it is over a 4th.

  21. Another reason why Big Ben falls short of Brady. It’s widely known that Brady’s lineman, TEs and receivers hang at his house regularly. Gronk and Edelman have talked at length about it.

  22. “I don’t even have to play football if I don’t want.”

    Great please do, the NFL does not need you and the fans are tired of your selfish act. Go away.

    Steelers wanting a number 1 pick….before March 17th….ha, good luck with that.

  23. Antonio Brown:

    Couldn’t make it past that.

  24. See football is just a game so I don’t take it personally. But professionally, thank you AB for all you’ve done for my Steelers. You broke nearly every team receiving record and many NFL ones as well. I hate that you don’t have a ring either obviously. Goodluck to you in the future. But what I do take personally is the example. You’re not acting right. Very weird actually. Play my way? Don’t take any blame? You’re not that special man. Juju is a #1 so you’re now replaceable. Your feelings about Ben don’t matter either. It’s very highly possible you end up with a much worse QB. Your problem is you cant stand not being the man. I hope you end up in Buffalo

  25. “. . .They want to start a fresh offseason with no bad blood so their team could just focus on football. No distraction from any player. So I think they’ll get it done.”


    A veiled threat by Brown. Pittsburgh would be wise to move this guy asap. Take the Raiders offer and move on.

  26. Wish they’d make sure that this guy gets his wish … he doesn’t have to play football to be sure – he could hang ‘er up and become the most recent reincarnation of Terrell Owens. OR … the guy everyone rolls their eyes at as soon as his trapdoor mouth opens.

  27. It really is a mystery as to why nobody seems to like or want him right now. I mean he’s talking all about how great he is and how much money people owe him and he doesn’t need football instead of wamting to be part of a team and do what’s best for the team. It’s really crazy why nobody wants him

  28. Wow. Does he think this is the NBA where a coach has to kiss star players rear end 24-7?

  29. “If they wanna play, they going to play by my rules…”
    Ol’ AB might have just talked himself out of a job right there.

  30. Swami Jimmy sees a release in this man’s future. No trade. No $2.5 million dollars. No NFL teams lined up at the door. In the NFL, attitude can overshadow aptitude.

  31. AB is like the President lots of mouth and no responsibility for his actions.

    If the NFL wants to end this type of players antics they need to stick together and not sign him. That would put a stopper in this empty bottle.

  32. Madden Curse? Like anyone cares about AB at this point! All of us are ready to move on. Just retire a Steeler WE don’t want you!!

  33. My father once told me if you ever want to see how important you are to an organization, stick your fist into a bucket of water and then pull it out again. This is why I own my organization.

  34. Oh yea, I wonder is Dez Bryant is one of his advisors…..worked out well for him.

  35. Yep, I can’t see why Ben doesn’t want him to hang at his house -lol. He couldn’t get his head through the door. In a few weeks, he will disappear from the NFL. I loved Larry Fitz’s take on this, but sometimes people just can’t help themselves. Hey I’m rich & I will only play my way or the highway. I can’t wait to see which team takes a flyer on him only to find him sitting out or sulking. It is a team sport.

  36. In 10 years there will be documentary on AB and how he went from the top to the bottom. You see you think you don’t need football but when you find out the NFL stage was what go you what you have you will find out quick that TV guys and the commercials will all stop after you are off that stage. Then the best show will be watch AB’s checking account dwindle.

  37. He really does seem to have gone off the deep end.

    I could easily see him getting traded and then refusing to play for his new team.

    Cannot imagine how a GM could take the risk of giving up any appreciable draft assets under the circumstances.

  38. There was a time, before the Mr. Big Chest video, that I thought some desperate team, within the top 20 picks might give up their first, for AB and the Steelers’ second round pick. But no way, no how now. The Steelers may be stuck with him, and in that case, suspend him for as long as possible (unpaid), then pay him to stay home.

  39. Brown is the second highest-paid wide receiver in the league, behind Odell Beckham Jr., but somehow he’s supposed to get a sweeter deal by telling other teams it’s his world and they’re just living in it? Interesting strategy. It’s good that football isn’t that important to him because he may be writing the end to his career. Unlike Bell, whose contract was up, Brown is locked into the Steelers for three more years. If they don’t get a trade offer that makes sense for them, he may wind up sitting on a bench in Pittsburgh or having to take his marbles and go home. Big price to pay because you didn’t get invited over to the quarterback’s house for a barbecue.

  40. omeimontis says:
    March 3, 2019 at 8:50 am
    He may get his wish and be out of the league prematurely, just like his mentor hall of famer Terrell Owens.
    Terrell Owens retired at 37. How did he retire prematurely? He didn’t play QB, how many other #1 WR’s played longer than age 37? Guess football knowledge has little to do with posting in a football blog.

  41. AB is like the President lots of mouth and no responsibility for his actions.

    If the NFL wants to end this type of players antics they need to stick together and not sign him. That would put a stopper in this empty bottle.

    So your option is collusion, which is still illegal in this country. You don’t think the NFL has learned their lesson? If Kap got $60 million, AB would get $200 million, because he’s still one of, if not the best in the game at his position. Hate him all you want, but 1200 yds and 100 receptions/year is mind blowing. Let’s see what numbers Juju puts up when he’s the focus of the passing game.

  42. Typical approach of Steelers players lately.
    Just look at how happy James Harrison was to get on a winning team last year.
    Hey at least Steelers fans can look forward to a high draft pick in 2020.

  43. If you want to be traded shut up. All this stuff just tanks his value. Hard for a GM to tell an owner and fan base that this guy is worth a high pick and a new/restructured contract. Steelers should call his bluff imo. Suspend him for contract detrimental unless he shows up and plays.

  44. This is why Belichick passes on certain talent in mid to late rounds. He has learned it is not worth the headache.

    He said in 2015, “I am at a point in my career that I only want to coach players I truly want to be around.”

  45. if burfict was ever gonna lay someone else out. i hope its this clown and i hope its worth a half season suspension

  46. For some reason Ben is not held accountable for his actions. The coaches allow Ben to do as his pleases not good. It us sad the team players don’t even want to play on their own team. Something’s need to change for this team or they will crash. Ben actually is the obe rgat needs to be replaced or new coaches. The team needs some new energy.

  47. Brown sounds just a Steelers’ fan. Arrogant, obnoxious, and about to be stuck with an embarrassing loser franchise.

  48. Brown wants to be traded, but is doing everything in his power to make himself untradeable. He also thinks he doesn’t need the game… well, after seeing him on the Masked Singer, I disagree.

  49. no one in his right mind would want this guy, which is why Jon Gruden is drooling at the prospect of landing this selfish clown

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