As Dak Prescott recently proved, there is no shortage of divas in the NFL and the Steelers learned this lesson the hard way last season when they were forced to deal with the egos of both Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown.
After off of the roller coaster ride that was the former’s holdout, the team found itself once again dealing with some drama courtesy of the latter, who demanded a trade and would eventually get what he wanted when he was dealt to the Raiders after spending the offseason firing shots at Pittsburgh.
It appeared all was well and good in Oakland (at least aside from the whole “frostbite” thing) but things took one hell of a twist last week when Brown decided to flip out when he was informed he’d no longer be allowed to wear the helmet he played with during his time with the Steelers.
Brown has gone as far to threaten to retire if he doesn’t get his way, and based on the NFL’s response, we may never see him on the field again if he’s truly a man of his word.
It’s kind of hard to believe someone would pick this hill to die on and I’m not the only person who’s a bit befuddled by the most recent development in Brown’s neverending saga. However, if one theory is to be believed, there’s a simple explanation: Brown has a serious case of CTE.
In 2016, the infamously dirty Vontaze Burfict absolutely leveled Brown with a hit to the head and the wide receiver suffered a serious concussion as a result.
Over the weekend, I came across a thread on Twitter that took a deep dive into Brown’s history of acting up, and after making my way through it, I’m very on board with the theory that CTE is to blame.
Strap in, folks. We’re in for a bit of a ride.