Possible New York Jets trade option Antonio Brown rips Ben Roethlisberger only to proclaim that his new team must “play by his rules.”
Antonio Brown’s mouth isn’t doing his employment opportunities any favors. Not only did he strike once. The veteran wideout actually brought on the doubleheader by way of silly things to communicate.
During a recent appearance on HBO’s “The Shop,” Brown decided to verbally assault two-time Super Bowl champ Ben Roethlisberger.
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“All year, the dude called me out,” Brown said on The Shop. “We lose a game, he’s like, ‘Damn, AB should have run a better route.’
“That’s the type of guy he is. He feels like he’s the owner. Bro, you threw this s—- to the D-Line. How the f—- am I going to run a better route? You need to give me a better ball!”
He saved a little for head coach Mike Tomlin.
“I meet with coach Tomlin, I’m telling him, ‘Hey I’m a little banged up, so I’m going to need a little time to get right,’” Brown said on The Show. “So he’s like, ‘If you’re banged up, man you can just go home.’ Like you ain’t even got to be here.
“So I’m like, ‘Damn, that’s where we’re at?’”
If you think that was bad, get ready. Get both hands readily available to firmly grasp those proverbial socks.
Brown, 30, knows he’s readying himself for a new organization via trade. This organization better be willing to play by Brown’s rules.
In an interview with Jeff Darlington on SportsCenter, Brown made it clear that he’s the boss.
“I don’t even have to play football if I don’t want, bro,” he said. “I don’t even need the game. You know what I’m saying? I don’t need to prove nothing to anyone. If they wanna play, they gonna play by my rules.”
Amazing. Simply flabbergasting.
Of course, the New York Jets have been rumored to take a certain shine to the possibility of AB. Mike Maccagnan is no stranger in drafting and/or acquiring troubled individuals (whether it’s off-the-field issues or team chemistry noise).
Remember, while Brown’s overall salary without guaranteed money on a three-year deal would constitute a steal for a play of his caliber, an asset (most likely a top draft pick) would have to be dished out.
If the Jets still hold an interest in Antonio Brown after these troubling comments, much of the fanbase scratching its head would be the least of the organization’s problems.