The Pittsburgh Steelers’ reality show rolled on Tuesday, with wide receiver Antonio Brown tweeting his thanks to Steelers nation and adding that it’s “time to move on and move forward.”
Included in the tweet was the hashtag “#NewDemands” and video highlights from his nine years in Pittsburgh. Beyond that, there was no further comment, either from him or the Steelers, although ESPN’s Adam Schefter cited a source who said Brown officially has requested a trade.
The tweet came on the day that Brown was found guilty of reckless driving after being a no-show at his trial on a speeding charge in Ross Township, Pa. He had previously paid a $426.77 fine for speeding in a 45-mph zone in his Porsche on Nov. 8.
Brown’s tweet about his football future was not terribly surprising, given the reality-show-level drama that enveloped the Steelers last season. It was compounded last month when Steelers President Art Rooney II hinted at the possibility of a trade in an interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, saying it was “hard to envision” Brown being with the team when training camp opens. Of course, the team holds all the cards here. “There’s not much we can do right now; we have time to make a decision,” Rooney said in his first comments since Brown skipped practices and team meetings before the regular-season finale. “We’ll look at all the options. We’re not going to release him. That’s not on the table. But I will say all other options are on the table.”
Asked during his final news conference of the season whether Brown had quit on his teammates, Coach Mike Tomlin answered, “you can call it what you want.” It would appear, though, that the team will not have Brown or running back Le’Veon Bell, a season-long holdout, on the roster this season, ending the Kardashian-esque saga.
“It does seem very dramatic,” said Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, whose brother T.J. plays for the Steelers, in an appearance on “The Late Night with Seth Meyers.” “It’s like somebody that’s watching the Kardashians, and I can call one of the Kardashians. I’ll call my brother, I see everything on TV, and I’ll be like, ‘Okay, give me the real story.’ And it’s pretty wild. It’s pretty wild.”
That was a comparison that Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster made as well, telling ESPN.com’s Jeremy Fowler, “I think we need to stop being the Kardashians and just play ball.”
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