The ongoing drama between Antonio Brown and the Pittsburgh Steelers has taken yet another turn. Both sides are inevitably heading toward a split, but it’s not stopping either party from throwing shade in the final moments of their relationship.
Brown was magnificent once again for the Steelers, leading the league in receiving touchdowns despite missing the last game of the season. His distractions off the field clearly hurt the chemistry within the clubhouse, and his connection with Ben Roethlisberger has gone stale.
Well, the front office threw fuel to the fire with their recent comments about Roethlisberger. General manager Kevin Colbert criticized the maturity of the locker room, saying that his quarterback has “52 kids under him.”
Even though Brown isn’t angry with the comments, those remarks are completely unwarranted.
“Of course he tried to clarify because, you know, he stated the truth and he’s going to backpedal on his words,” Brown told ESPN. “But what grown man is calling another grown man a kid? ‘Fifty-two kids.’ Like, you don’t have no respect for these guys? Like, these are the guys that go to work for you. And that’s what I’m telling you guys … that’s my issue. You know what I’m saying? It’s all about respect.
Multiple teams have interest in Brown, including San Francisco, New York, Tampa Bay and Carolina.
It was a season to forget for the Steelers, yet the flaws that kept them out of the playoff picture are also drawing negative attention during the offseason.
If Pittsburgh wants to return to its former days of being an elite franchise, then avoiding controversial comments and off-the-field feuds should be its priority.