JuJu Smith-Schuster and Antonio Brown

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Bad Ball. Childish.

Remember that time that Antonio Brown wasn’t trying to make news? Me neither.

April 08, 2019 - 11:13 am
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Hey, remember that time that Antonio Brown wasn’t trying to make news? Me neither. Because he’s at it again.

And this time it’s even dumber than before. I would like to be able to say it all started when, but this all started a while ago and it’s all about hurt egos. The latest round seems to have been kicked off by a fan tweeting at Antonio Brown and reminding him that JuJu Smith-Schuster was the Steelers team MVP last year.

And Brown responded with: Good for him. He had a great year. I’m proud of him. He was a great teammate. I’m in Oakland now. I got what I wanted and I hope that we can link up at the Pro Bowl.

ERRRRRRR

No he didn’t. That’s what he should have done. Actually, what he should have done was stayed off twitter and definitely not responded to the trolls.

But what he did do was this.

He tweeted: Emotion: boy fumbled the whole post season in the biggest game of year! Everyone went blind to busy making guys famous not enough reality these days ! By the way check the list.

That is a reference to juju’s fumble in the Week 16 game against New Orleans that really hurt Pittsburgh’s playoff chances. A low point for juju that he has apologized for repeatedly, more than he really needs to.

JuJu responded with a string of tweets:

Keep your emotions off the internet.

All I ever did was show that man love and respect from the moment I got to the league. I was genuinely happy for him too when he got traded to Oakland w/ a big contract, and now he takes shots at me on social media?

Crazy how big that ego got to be to take shots at people who show you love! Smh

And capped it off with “SMH” and a quote from Mark Twain: “Never argue with a fool. Onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.”

Game. Set. Match. Smith-Schuster. That wasn’t even close. Juju never needed to respond and he would’ve won that battle because Brown comes off like a sore loser with that first tweet. And for what?

Here’s the thing – for a moment, Brown in that press conference with the Raiders looked like he was going to take the high road. He looked like he was going to be a leader and that he was going to get back to the old Antonio Brown.

And why not? He got over. He got out of the situation he didn’t want to be in. He got traded. He got a new deal. It all worked. He should be happy. He should be focused on the future, but he’s not.

For a moment, it seemed like we might be getting back the Antonio Brown from back in the day. The Business is Booming Antonio Brown. The guy everyone loved with the crazy charisma and the crazy game.

But that tweet makes him seem just plain crazy. Well, not crazy, but obsessed. Obsessed with the fact that he wasn’t the team MVP last year. And for all the claims that him wanting out of Pittsburgh had nothing to do with being hurt by the attention and love Juju was getting, that tweet pretty much ends that.

That tweet is Antonio Brown telling on himself. That tweet says that as well as everything’s turned out for him this offseason, he’s still bent and hurt by the fact that Juju won that award and he didn’t. And he’s still bent and hurt that Juju is more loved than he is.

And that tweet kind of tells you why juju is more loved than he is. Because it makes Brown look incredibly petty.

Its one thing to remind everyone of a teammate’s lowest moment, but it’s another to do it months after the fact. Move on. Please. I’m begging you. Now you’re a self-glosser who is punching down to make himself feel good. And that’s a bad look. A truly terrible look.

By the way, yeah, that fumble sucks and juju has paid a price for it. But who was on the field for Week 17, when there was still a chance of possibly making the playoffs? JuJu was. But Antonio wasn’t.

And another thing - it’s a team MVP award. It’s not like Juju got a Super Bowl ring and you didn’t. Seriously. You could not seem more petty and small if you tried. Act like a pro.

But he’s not. And it’s seriously disappointing. Because as I’ve said time and time again, this was a big AB house. I loved the old Antonio Brown. And I’d like nothing better than to see that guy come back.

Because this Antonio Brown right now isn’t funny, he isn’t clever, he isn’t entertaining. He’s just bitter and miserable. And can’t leave it alone. 

In true WrestleMania form, Texans safety Justin Reid was the third man into this fight, tweeting about Brown: I respect his game but I can’t wait to smash this.

And when someone asked Eric Weddle on twitter what he thought about Brown calling out JuJu, Weddle brought it the way only he can bring it: Bad ball. Childish

That is the perfect summary: Bad ball. Childish.

Knock it off.