Antonio Brown Controversy: 4 Previous Times Antonio Brown Has Proved to Be the Most Controversial NFL Superstar!
Although Antonio Brown’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers contract has been canceled, the controversy around it has continued.
According to new charges made by Brown, the Buccaneers’ management ignored his claims that he was too wounded to return to the game, which led to his shirtless exit from Sunday’s victory over the Jets. Since then, Brown and his former employers have engaged in another verbal battle with no apparent end in sight.
The most recent of Brown’s numerous off-field scandals, among others listed below, is his contentious move to Florida.
Four Prior Controversies of The Antonio Brown Era
Franchise Mode in 2012
With the Pittsburgh Steelers, Brown had a great sophomore season, surpassing 1,000 yards in both receptions and kickoff returns. A contract extension worth $42.5 million over five years came as compensation for his efforts.
Unfortunately, Brown’s early success seemed to get to him. When Brown’s stint in Pittsburgh came to an end, former teammate Ryan Clark disclosed to Dave Clark of the Cincinnati Enquirer that they had a run-in during a training camp. Brown was furious with the rough play from Dick LeBeau’s defense defenders.
“He (was) expressing himself. Don’t touch me, Coach LeBeau, you’re screaming at us in a defensive manner. The franchise is me.” Recall, Ryan Clark said. “You’re going to make a monster when you give him money.”
2017: The Antonio-Cial Network
Antonio Brown contributed to the Steelers’ shocking victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2016–17 AFC Divisional Playoffs with 108 yards on six receptions.
But the goodwill only lasted a little while. Mike Tomlin, the Steelers head coach, used harsh language to characterize the New England Patriots, their opponent in the upcoming conference championship game, during the team’s postgame celebration, which Brown aired live on Facebook.
Before Pittsburgh was thrashed 36-17 in the semifinal, Brown was compelled to apologize for the steam, which Tomlin called “foolish.”
2018-19: Steel City Rusted
Brown’s 2018–19 season was historic—he was the third-fastest receiver in NFL history to accumulate 10,000 yards—but it also had a contentious conclusion. Ben Roethlisberger was benched for the Steelers’ final game against the Cincinnati Bengals due to rumors that the two had fought.
Before receiving that punishment, Brown was involved in a number of legal occurrences, including tossing furniture out of his 14th-floor apartment and driving over 100 mph on a suburban highway. In the end, the Steelers parted ways with Brown in a trade to the Oakland Raiders for two middle-round selection picks.
Raider Gration in 2019
When training camp began, Brown shared a photo of his severely blistered feet on social media as a result of not wearing the right footwear during a cryotherapy session. This immediately started to irritate the Raiders. Brown missed all but one practice throughout training camp due to the issue.
Further controversy developed when Brown launched an unsuccessful campaign to continue using his earlier, now-banned helmet during his time with the Raiders and later allegedly got into a verbal argument with general manager Mike Mayock.
Former trainer Britney Taylor and a second woman both accused Brown of sexual assault shortly after the Raiders severed ties with him. Despite the accusations, Brown eventually made it onto the roster of the New England Patriots and took part in one game with Tom Brady and company until further controversy, including allegedly sending threatening text messages to one of his accusers, ended things.