Antonio Brown’s Twitter Q&A

AB dumps more gasoline on the fire.

February 18, 2019 - 2:02 pm

And if there’s a story that’s more tired than Bryce Harper’s free agency, it’s Antonio Brown’s non free agency. And yet, he was at it again over the weekend. This time holding a Twitter Q&A to address his situation. And by address his situation, I mean dump more gasoline on the fire.

He started off by announcing that he’d be answering 10 questions via Twitter.

And there were some highlights, like this:

Question: What would you tell people that say you only want a new team to get a new contract?

AB’s answer: Not for the money it’s for the love of the sport! The commitment to win relentlessly consistently passionately! Plus I made 70 million it’s public record not to be cocky just truth! Time to play for my own Team AB84 the family!

Scoreboard. Look up at it.  Oh, again. Anytime someone says it’s not about the money: it’s about one thing: the money. 

And then there’s the one where he was asked about the fact that he didn’t play in the final game of the season against the Bengals. His answer: “After the coach tell the team I quit while nursing some bumps then invite me to watch the show with same guys thinking I quit I cannot stand with that! I’m the bad guy doe we miss post season think about it,”

So, I guess he’s not looking to smooth things over with Mike Tomlin just yet. Or not at all. Because that sure seemed like an effort to fire back at Tomlin making him the fall guy for what happened at the end of the season. And it sure seems like he’s pretty determined to keep opening that wound…as many times as possible.

Also, is he saying that the coach told the team I quit when I didn’t quit, so then I really did quit? I’m not totally sure I follow on that. There might be some logic in there, but I’m not tracking with it.

If AB’s concern is that an incident like that hurt his reputation, AB continuing to bring it up certainly doesn’t help his reputation. There are other ways to handle that and a twitter Q&A probably isn’t the best way.

But truthfully, the first question and answer was the best:

Question: What caused the conflict between you and Ben Roethlisberger?

AB’s answer: No conflict just a matter of respect! Mutual respect! He has a owner mentality like he can call out anybody including coaches. Players know but they can’t say anything about it otherwise they meal ticket gone. It’s a dirty game within a game. #truth

Damn. That is coming out of the gate with some fire. I mean, it started out well. You read the first few words: “No conflict just a matter of respect! Mutual respect!” And you’re thinking, oh, maybe things aren’t as bad as they seem.

And then there’s a dramatic plot twist: He has a owner mentality like he can call out anybody including coaches.

Hello! Now we’re getting to the good stuff: Players know but they can’t say anything about it otherwise they meal ticket gone. It’s a dirty game within a game. #truth

So, I guess there is conflict. And no mutual respect.  Or any at all. 

Look, AB’S RIGHT ABOUT THAT.  Ben does have a history of criticizing and calling out teammates and coaches. It’s kind of an open secret. And I bet that would get old, if you feel like he can take shots at you, but you can’t take shots back. And if you feel like your reputation has been under attack from everyone, including the quarterback, but the quarterback never takes those kind of hits to his rep himself. 

So Brown isn’t wrong about that, but he’s wrong if he thought this Twitter Q&A would help his rep. Because it didn’t. Hell, he didn’t make it through the ten questions he promised before pulling the rip cord.   He only made it through six questions.  Which was pretty much six too many. 

And I can’t imagine other teams around the league are fired up about the possibility of bringing in a guy who has continued to air the locker room’s dirty laundry in every possible public forum. We’re a MySpace posting away from AB hitting for the cycle when it comes to finding new and different ways to air grievances.

That’s not exactly what a lot of teams want in their locker room. And the thing is, it wasn’t always this way. AB’s locker room rep used to be so much different. The guy used to host a segment for the team’s website, where he interviewed teammates: 

That seems like a long, long time ago. From the outside, the guy hosting “What it Is?” and putting up 100 receptions per year is exactly what every team would want.

The guy doing Twitter Q&As and putting up 100 receptions per year? Ehhh, not so much. And maybe that’s the thinking here. Maybe he’s crazy like a fox. Maybe he’s trying to poison his rep to the point that the Steelers can’t trade him and have to release him. And if so, that is one hell of aggressive move. That isn’t just setting every bridge in Pittsburgh on fire, that’s setting yourself on fire as well.

And it’s kind of hard to think that a lot of teams will look at that and say, yeah, that’s cool. Let’s bring that guy who just torched his own locker room and himself into our locker room. If it’s a strategy, it’s the boldest of the bold strategies. Good luck with it paying off.  My man.  I’m going to ask you to do the hardest thing in the world.  At least for you.  Put your phone down. Just do it. Because every time you pick it up you do more damage to what was once an amazing rep. Just take a break. At least put it in airplane mode. Because you’re not helping em, you’re hurting em and you couldn’t be on your blower, man. I really do want to have your back, because this was a huge AN house, but you’re making it damn near impossible for me to do so, AB.