During the holiday weekend we learned that Antonio Brown had requested to be traded from the team after missing several practices following a heated altercation with QB Ben Roethlisberger.
The altercation that led Antonio Brown's benching last week was with Ben Roethlisberger. Im told it was fairly ugly and the WR was totally in the wrong. He went AWOL essentially for the 3rd time this season dating back to training camp
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) December 31, 2018
Antonio Brown has requested a trade. Im told it was not a demand but he has asked to be dealt. Very unlikely Rooney would capitulate. Brown has issues with Mike Tomlin and Ben Roethlisberger. Feels like the coach is too aligned with the QB.
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 1, 2019
Brown’s former teammate Ryan Clark went on ESPN on Monday and ripped Brown to shreds by saying that he wan’t surprised by Brown’s actions because he’s always been selfish.
“Mike Wallace turned down his deal, and I knew already they were going to offer Antonio,” “When [Brown] walks past, I say to the strength coaches, ‘When you give him money, you’re going to create a monster.’”
“With success, with money, these things come,” “… When it comes to being a good teammate, when it comes to just being supportive, understanding you’re trying to achieve one goal, that doesn’t matter to him. What matters to him is 19 attempts, 14 carries, 185 yards, two touchdowns against the Saints. That’s what’s important to Antonio Brown.
“… Mike Tomlin has to put his foot down and shop Antonio Brown. … This is about the fabric of the team. This is about the guy who goes Facebook Live when your coach is talking.”
Brown saw the video of Clark’s criticism on Instagram and fired back.
Brown has been trolling on social media since the report and seems to be attempting to force his way out of Pittsburgh.
Just this afternoon Brown subtweeted the Steelers during Mike Tomlin’s end-of-season press conference by posting a quote about having “free will”.
Happy New Year. Be great. pic.twitter.com/QLna1LRncL
— AB (@AB84) January 2, 2019
Brown then teased an interview with former Steeler James Harrison on Instagram.
Antonio Brown about to have an "exclusive interview" with former #Steelers LB James Harrison. [Via Instagram]
James Harrison has been highly critical of Mike Tomlin.pic.twitter.com/uZhLDXliHr
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) January 2, 2019
The Steelers are probably going to have to trade Brown before things really get out of control.