Antonio Brown: Clown of the Year

By: William T. Jukes

Antonio Brown: Clown of the Year

William T. Jukes, Reporter

 

 Antonio Brown’s offseason has been a wild one. In March, he was traded from the Pittsburgh Steelers to the Oakland Raiders. He signed a three year extension with about $30 million guaranteed. From March, up until the beginning of August, everything was fine. Then, on August 3, Brown posted a picture on Instagram of his badly blistered feet, which kept him out of training camp. His blisters were caused by a cryogenic therapy chamber, in which temperatures are negative 200 degrees. 

On August 12, he lost a grievance about his helmet and was still missing practice. The helmet issue was over the NFL not allowing him to wear an out of date helmet for safety reasons. Finally, he found a replacement. On September 4, the Raiders fined him $54,000 for missing practice. Then, Brown posted a picture of the letter that was telling him he was fined. The caption on the photo was, “When your own team wants to hate but there is no stopping me now. Devil is a lie.” 

If that wasn’t enough, he was then involved in an altercation with the author of the letter, Raiders general manager Mike Mayock, who stated that Brown threatened to punch him. On September 5, Brown apologized to Mayock and the Raiders, making fans think the situation had been resolved. 

However, on September 6, Brown decided to take to social media again to air his business with the Raiders. He posted a video that includes what appears to be the head coach of the Raiders, Jon Gruden. In it, Gruden tells Brown to “Just play football.”

     The next day, the Raiders voided the guaranteed money that Brown was going to receive. As a result of that, he demanded to be released from the team and the Raiders complied. 

Within hours of being released, Brown agreed to a one year $9 million deal with the New England Patriots. Although he would be losing money with this deal, it seemed like Brown had gotten his way by getting picked up by a Super Bowl contender.  

On September 10, Brown was accused in a lawsuit filed in federal court on sexually assaulting and raping a woman. The NFL plans to investigate. Despite the allegation, on September 15, Brown played his first game with the Patriots and had four receptions for 56 yards and one touchdown, in a 43-0 win against the Miami Dolphins. The next day, Brown was accused of sexual misconduct by a second woman.

    And, just when we thought this article was finished, on Friday, the Patriots cut Brown. They released the following statement, “The New England Patriots are releasing Antonio Brown. We appreciate the hard work of many people over the past 11 days, but we feel that it is best to move in a different direction.”

             On Saturday Brown tweeted “Will not be playing in the @NFL anymore these owners can cancel deals do whatever they want at any time we will see if the @NFLPA (National Football League Players Association) hold them accountable sad they can just void guarantees anytime going on 40m 2 months will see if they pay up!”  

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