Pittsburg Steelers star wide receiver Antonio Brown has openly showed his unhappiness with his team. Brown was also a no-show for mandatory practice the other day. Here is what he had to say about that per ESPN:
“Obviously I don’t want to be traded,” Antonio Brown said Thursday. “I’m still grateful to put on this uniform, grateful to be a part of this organization. I don’t take it for granted. Obviously it was a stupid remark online. I just got to stay away from online and the distractions.”
He said he isn’t throwing tantrums about not getting the ball, he is just frustrated the Steelers are off to a slow start to the season.
Brown said his “trade me let’s find out” tweet — sent to a former Steelers employee who questioned Brown’s on-field worth without quarterback Ben Roethlisberger — was a bad decision that became a distraction and was not reflective of his true feelings.
AB is fired up over the Steelers' winless start. pic.twitter.com/xGqbL4L6Hx
— ESPN (@espn) September 20, 2018
Brown said a sideline flare-up with offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner was a byproduct of frustration with the deficit during Sunday’s 42-37 loss to Kansas City. Brown said he has a good, long-standing relationship with Fichtner and wasn’t concerned about stats.
“As a competitor, man, I take this s— serious,” he said. “This s— not a game to me. Cashing checks don’t even matter. I look at my assignments and my performance, that means a lot to me. When I go home, I weigh in on it. My family weighs in on it. To me, guys to think they can just disrespect me is out of order.”
“Obviously I’m in the spotlight so you guys are always going to put me under the microscope. But I’m a [passionate] individual. I can’t hide the way I feel. If it wasn’t important to me, I would say it doesn’t matter.”
I can appreciate Antonio Brown passion for the game and wanting to win. Could he handle things differently, absolutely. But it’s that passion that makes all of us say that he is no doubt the best receiver in the league.