Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown has taken a lot of heat for his outburst on the sidelines during his team’s 26-9 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday afternoon.
Coach Mike Tomlin has had to address the issue on multiple occasions, and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger felt it was necessary to publicly call out Brown’s actions.
After initially refusing to acknowledge the situation, Brown has since apologized for causing an unnecessary distraction. Former Steelers safety Ryan Clark, a former teammate of Brown’s, isn’t buying his act, though.
“Antonio has done an extremely good job of tricking people,” Clark said on ESPN Radio (via Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk). “He’s done a very good spin job of having us think, or making people think who don’t know him, that it’s all about the Pittsburgh Steelers, he [Brown] is just a hard worker who’s here to win football games. No, Antonio Brown loves Antonio Brown. If you listen to people talk about him. If you listen to the media, a lot of time the fans, they have an adoration for him that is not necessarily a depiction of who he is. He’s like most receivers. He’s selfish.”
Before dismissing Clark’s comments as just another “hot take”from a brash member of the media, it should be pointed out Clark has the added credibility of spending four years in the same locker room as Brown.
Brown’s sideline incident on Sunday is the latest event in a trend of distracting behavior. This will all likely go away, however, if the five-time Pro Bowl selection gets back to playing at an elite level.
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