Just when you think Antonio Brown Watch can’t get crazy enough, we now have the star wide receiver hosting an AMA. For those of you not familiar, an AMA is short for “Ask Me Anything” and revolves around the organizer heading to a social media source (Reddit, Twitter, etc.) and doing just as the name suggests.
Because Brown has become a hot trade candidate for the San Francisco 49ers, and the entire situation is curious, I’m going to start a post that I’ll update as more questions come piling out. I’ll do my best to get some context on everything as we go on.
The AMA is ongoing as he hasn’t answered all 10 questions as advertised, but there’s some things to gather. Rather than me sit and write this, I’ll just drop each tweet he has and chime in when necessary. Mr. Brown, the floor of Niners Nation is now yours:
Conflict/feud with Ben Roethlisberger:
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 https://t.co/MsSyBVd3Ny— Antonio Brown (@AB84) February 16, 2019
What it means: There was thought to be some issues between Brown and Roethlisberger. This whole thing started when Brown threw a football at and stormed off. It sounds like Brown isn’t happy with the double standard Roethlisberger gets. One where he can, as he says, call out coaches. If anyone else, and there’s consequences.
Desire for a new contract:
Not for the money its 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 ! https://t.co/v4vFO2QCSf— Antonio Brown (@AB84) February 16, 2019
What it means: Some of the speculation for why Brown and the Steelers can’t play nice is that it’s his way for asking for a new contract. The Steelers haven’t budged, so he wants to go elsewhere. This isn’t the first time the Steelers have had issues paying someone in recent memory.
Brown says it’s not about the money. There’s an adage that when someone says, “It’s not about the money,” it means one thing: it’s all about the money. If that adage applies here is up to the reader.
Where Brown wants to play
Best interest this be my first meeting with Mr Rooney ever as Antonio Brown the man not AB84 the player in locker ! never been to my house ; there house ; like what AM I Really doing ! Less then what you bargain for more than real #Truth https://t.co/Xiitf0si2I— Antonio Brown (@AB84) February 16, 2019
What this means: *shrug*
Leaving the Steelers
Love Steelers Nation everything to my heart ❤️ no more ! https://t.co/uWwi5mB3R3— Antonio Brown (@AB84) February 16, 2019
What this means: Brown’s representatives have requested a trade per reports and he said farewell on Instagram last week. Art Rooney II was flying to Florida to meet with Brown to talk things out. An act Brown originally wanted no part of, but as you can see by an above tweet, he’s warmed up to.
Issues with Mike Tomlin
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 can not stand with that! I’m the bad guy doe we miss post season think about it https://t.co/imrJ8jnnBc— Antonio Brown (@AB84) February 16, 2019
What this means: Beyond Roethlisberger, Brown has had some issues with the Steelers head coach. What happened in that final game of 2018 is where things boiled over. At some point, Brown didn’t feel 100 percent. And left practice because of an injury. This is the same practice where he threw a football and stormed off—so what really happened is up in the air.
In his end-season press conference, Tomlin said the Steelers would handle things and that Brown hadn’t requested a trade.
Brown said he has 10 questions he’s going to answer through the course of the day, so we’ll update this post with more tweets if they should come available.