NBC Sports Pro Football Talk – Antonio Brown’s still making Facebook Live videos, and at least this one isn’t likely to get him in any trouble. Maybe he has a quota.
The Steelers wide receiver posted a video yesterday from a private plane in which he said it was time to “quiet the noise,” after the noise he created last week by posting video from the Steelers locker room which became a thing leading up to the AFC Championship Game.
“There’s been a lot of reports, a lot of different people saying a lot of different things. You guys know the truth,” Brown said, via Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com.
Whatever that means, and there was 14 minutes of it, Brown said he meant no harm by the original message, and declared a personal motto for next year.
“I think Atlanta says, ‘Rise Up,’” Brown said. “I say rise above — above the naysayers, above the critics, above the haters, above the doubters.”
Brown had another incredibly productive season, but it is beginning to sound like there are people in Pittsburgh upon whom his act is beginning to wear thin. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger referred to Brown’s “pouting,” and coach Mike Tomlin sending a veiled message last week about star players ending up on other teams.
It’s approaching almost one month since the NFL regular season has ended. Thus, it’s that time of the year where the sports media doesn’t have shit to talk about NFL-wise other than the Super Bowl, vacant head coaching positions, and any minuscule, controversial story they can get their dirty little fingers on. And alas, sports writers have figured out that they can generate page views by reporting every single time Antonio Brown makes a new Facebook Live video (which he gets paid to do, dipshits).
It’s hilarious how blown out of proportion the Facebook Live video was that Brown made after the Chiefs game. Then, all of a sudden, the Steelers get walloped by the Patriots the following week in the AFC Championship game, and everyone starts talking about how Antonio Brown’s a pouter that’s only worried about his stats and not the success of his team. First off, I can’t think of one other superstar receiver in the past twenty years that hasn’t been perceived as a “diva” for not wanting the ball more besides maybe Larry Fitzgerald. Antonio Brown is no different. He’s arguably one of the top 3 wide receivers in all of football. That shouldn’t be some sort of groundbreaking revelation. If Antonio Brown feels like he should be getting the ball more, that’s because he probably should. He’s fucking good, and he makes plays most receivers can’t. That type of consistent production helps the Steelers score points, which ultimately helps them win games. Am I wrong here?
As soon as a team starts doing bad, the first people to get blamed are the superstars. Look, if the Steelers did not have Antonio Brown on their roster this year, there’s not a chance in hell that team makes it to the AFC Championship game with how shitty their wide receiver depth has been. The same arguments can be made about Ben Roethlisberger and Le’Veon Bell as well. As long as Antonio Brown continues producing the way he has, there shouldn’t be any concerns about his perceived ulterior motives or his personality. The Steelers, including Mike Tomlin and Ben Roethlisberger, are going to continue letting him be who he is regardless of what they’re telling the media right now. That’s because he’s fucking Antonio Brown, and he’s gon’ rise above you haters both physically (in his private jet) and metaphorically.