Antonio Brown Back In The News

Teams are interested. Great.

Jim Rome
October 22, 2020 - 11:19 am
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As part of a report yesterday, Adam Schefter mentioned that Antonio Brown’s suspension will end after Week 8. And the first thing I think when I hear that is: wait he was suspended? I thought he wasn’t playing because teams were sick of his bleep.

My second reaction was: what was that suspension for? Was it for the allegations of sexual misconduct by an artist who was working at his house?

Or was it for burglary and the incident with the moving truck company? Or is it for the allegations that he sexually assaulted his trainer? Or was it for any of the numerous other incidents that he’s been involved in?

I’m not making light of any of this at all. I’m asking because the list of serious allegations is extremely long. And I don’t know what allegations he’s been punished for and what ones are still being investigated.

And here was my third reaction to the news that Antonio Brown’s suspension will end after Week 8: crap. Now we’re going to have to go through all of this all over again.

Antonio Brown is a zombie. This guy just will not go away. Seriously. It’s been more than a year since the Patriots disgraced themselves by bringing him in, making him the focal point of their offense for a game against the Dolphins, gave him the game ball, and then dumped him around 5pm when it got too hot.

And in the year since then, his behavior hasn’t gotten much better. So I figured we were finally done with him and stories about him.

But just when you think the stories about him have been finished, and that there aren’t going to be any more reports about any more teams interested in him, they get back up, re-animate and start spreading.

This really is a horror movie. You’ve survived a horrible ordeal, you get through it, everything is quiet and you think it’s over. You’re leaning back against a wall, trying to catch your breath, and then Adam Schefter busts through that wall to report the Seattle Seahawks are interested in signing Antonio Brown, and you’re right back in the nightmare all over again. 

And by the way, it’s annoying and tedious to you and I, but can you imagine what it’s like for any of the people he’s hurt along the way? They have to live through this as well.

But you see that report about Seattle and Brown and then you think there’s no way the Seahawks would be interested in Antonio Brown? Why them?

They’re in first place. They already have DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett who are both on pace to break 1,000 yards this season. David Moore is solid. Philip Dorsett is coming back from injury and who knows, maybe he’ll live up to the hype one day.

Plus, they’ve already got Josh Gordon waiting for reinstatement. And their issues are on defense, not offense. There’s no way they’re really interested, right? Wrong.

According to Pete Carroll, they’re “in it.” He told Sirius XM: “The thing I can tell you about it, competitively, [G.M. John Schneider is] in on everything. He knows everybody in the league, he knows what’s going on, he’s kept us involved and has made marvelous moves over the years. We’ll see how this one — you know, we’re there, we’re in it and we know what’s happening. It isn’t settled yet and we don’t know where it is going to go but we’re always on the ready to compete to get guys and so this is one of those chances and we’ll see what happens.”

Damn, Peter, you shouldn’t have. You were finally starting to make some sense: All that great stuff about you turning over a new leaf and finally letting Russ cook. It was a great story. The fact that you were open to completely changing the offensive identity of the team, after all the success you’ve had, was actually pretty inspiring.

And now you’re going to kick the tires on Antonio Brown? And that’s actually really disappointing. I thought you were better than this. I was wrong. 

Carroll was asked about how much digging they’d have to do into Brown’s past "We're nowhere there right now, so let's wait and see what happens and all that. But we do all of the homework we can think of doing. We will never think that we can leave a stone unturned. That's how we approach everything, so we'll continue to do that here."

Pete, let me jump in and help you out here. If a guy has been dumped by three teams in a year and a half and suspended by the league that homework assignment has been completed for you. Just hand it in and keep moving.

If a guy managed to get frostbite in the summer and threatened to fight his general manager, you pretty much know all you need to know.

And that’s before we get to the allegation of sexual misconduct with an artist, the allegation of sexual assault by a trainer, the allegation that he threatened a woman via text, the house arrest, the fact that he’s on probation for the next two years after assaulting a delivery driver in Florida.

Again, why would the Seahawks who are 5-0, want Antonio Brown? Let me rephrase that, why would anyone want Antonio Brown?

Oh, and here’s the best part – according to Schefter the Seahawks aren’t the only team interested Awesome. Just great. Really good stuff, everyone. I’m proud of all of you.

Look, I know NFL teams talk a good game about character and culture, but they really don’t live it out. As Cardinals GM Steve Keim observed back in the day: "If Hannibal Lecter ran a 4.3, we'd probably diagnose it as an eating disorder."

And I know that Antonio Brown put up huge numbers in Pittsburgh and that is so enticing to teams. They’re going to think that they can succeed where the Steelers, Raiders, and Patriots failed.

Do you remember when Antonio Brown was an electric player with the Steelers who had an electric personality to boot. I don’t. Not anymore. That’s ancient history now and it sure seems like none of that personality was real in the first place.

At his best, he’s a great player, a terrible teammate, and an even worse person. Sign this guy and you get what you deserve. I always say it, we don’t know any of these guys.  Especially THIS GUY.