Social media has slowly but surely engraved itself in most of our lives. Whether it be communicating with long-distance friends or keeping up to date on your favorite sports teams, the three headed monster that is Facebook/Instagram/Twitter has branded itself as a normality over the last decade. Social media has the power to connect people across the globe, all while possessing the ability to ruin one’s reputation/career with a single click of a button.
Antonio Brown is one of the most socially-active players in the NFL. Between his Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts, Brown has a little over 5.2 million people following him, a number that doesn’t include the potential hundreds of thousands viewers he has on Snapchat as well. Needless to say, Brown has a lot of influence when he posts something, as do all athletes.
Yet Brown’s talent and charisma on and off the field naturally drive people to want to follow him, placing him in a special class of his own. If you’ve followed Antonio over the past few years, you’ve seen the countless number of positive posts with him spending time with his family, working out, signing autographs for fans, etc.
The tool that’s helped Brown reached millions of people may now be his downfall.
To be fair to Brown, not all of his social media posts have been positive. Between spats of his current girlfriend on Instagram, calling out other mothers of his children, and his Facebook live session in the Steelers locker room following a playoff win, Brown’s social media hasn’t exactly been squeaky clean.
We never thought it would reach it’s current levels, however. Posting a picture of him and Steelers president Art Rooney II with the caption “Good Business” following Rooney’s comments about Brown potentially being traded, feuding with former Steelers receiver Emmanuel Sanders and former offensive coordinator Bruce Arians on Twitter after their critical comments on him, or posting a picture of him blindfolded after a statement from Rooney stating it would be hard to see Brown back in Pittsburgh, Brown has turned into a walking reality television show.
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Brown isn’t alone in this fight, either. To form a tag-team in what has seemingly become a full-court press to get him out of Pittsburgh, Brown has recruited former Steeler James Harrison as a make-shift mentor. Harrison, who’s popular in Pittsburgh now for all the wrong reasons despite enjoying a successful career here, has done the following for Brown: Went on Instagram live during Mike Tomlin’s end of season press conference to promise a interview with Brown, and appeared on multiple radio/TV shows to voice problematic concerns about Tomlin and the rest of the Steelers organization.
Between smoking cigars with Chad OchoCinco (another great, but controversial player) promising a “interview” where he will explain “his side of the story” and posting ambiguous tweets on a every day basis, Brown has now focused his attention solely on the social media front of his battle.
How far has he taken social media? He may have even created a fake twitter account under the name @michael57692394. The account, created just this month, spends most (all but one tweet, actually) of it’s time defending Brown against other people who criticize him. But is it Brown? The language the account uses poses similar verbiage to how Brown talks, down to using the same hashtags #CallGod and the same slang.
— Thomas Carannante (@TurkeyTom17) January 17, 2019
Thus, we are brought to our current situation. With two months before the Steelers can actually do anything with Brown (March 13th is the start of the league’s new year), a lot of time is left on the clock for Brown to continue to burn bridges in Pittsburgh.
Brown has gone from a sixth-round draft pick, to the best receiver in the league. His hard work and determination have made him the player he is today, yet there’s no denying Brown’s attitude and character have shifted for the worse.
Brown was once considered a fan favorite in Pittsburgh. After the Le’Veon Bell situations that frustrated so many Steelers fans, many were glad to at least have a guy like Brown who, at the time, showed up for his team and got a contract he deserved.
Now, Brown has joined similar company as Bell in the eyes of fans. The talent between the two is undeniable, yet thanks to Brown’s own antics on social media, he now finds himself painted as a villain in a city that once bestowed him on a pedestal higher than any other.
No Guaranteed Money in Dwayne Haskins’ Low-Risk Steelers Contract
Further details of quarterback Dwayne Haskins’ new contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers have emerged, demonstrating just how low-risk the acquisition is for the club.
According to ESPN’s Field Yates, Haskins’ Reserve/Future contract with the Steelers is a one-year, $850,000 deal with no guaranteed money.
No bells or whistles to Dwayne Haskins' reserve/future deal with the Steelers: 1-year, $850K, 0 guarantees.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) January 26, 2021
He's got plenty of money still due from WFT.
This was all about fit for Haskins, with a good chance to develop in Pittsburgh, while the Steelers take a zero risk flier.
Simply put, the Steelers will not be on the hook for any money if they decide to part ways further down the line. If Haskins turns out to be a diamond in the rough for Pittsburgh, they will have acquired him on a tremendous bargain.
Haskins is not getting a raw deal financially either, as he is still being paid on his four-year, $14,416,611 rookie deal with Washington. Signing with the Steelers gives him an opportunity to prove himself with a steady organization without worrying about the financial implications.
A first round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft out of Ohio State, Haskins was waived by Washington in late December after the young quarterback was photographed maskless at a strip club, in clear violation of the league’s COVID-19 protocols and mid-pandemic common sense.
Haskins was shaky over two seasons in Washington, passing for 12 touchdowns with 14 interceptions, while completing just over 60% of his passes.
The Steelers are hoping Haskins can flash the talent he showed in his final season at Ohio State, where he completed 70% of his passes for 4,831 yards with 50 touchdowns and just eight interceptions. He finished third in Heisman Trophy voting in 2018.
By signing Haskins to such a low-risk, team-friendly contract, Pittsburgh will have an excellent opportunity to determine if some of that talent is still there.
Report: Steelers Interviewing Mike Sullivan for QB Coach Vacancy
The Pittsburgh Steelers are reportedly interviewing Mike Sullivan for their quarterbacks coach vacancy, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Gerry Dulac.
A 17-year coaching veteran at the NFL level, Sullivan was most recently the quarterbacks coach for the Denver Broncos in 2018. He also has previous experience as an offensive coordinator with the New York Giants (2016-17) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2012-12).
Sullivan is currently the Director of Recruiting at his alma mater Army, a position he has held since March of last year.
Sullivan would also bring additional championship pedigree to the Steelers, having won Super Bowls XLII and XLVI with the Giants.
Former Giants quarterback Eli Manning had one of the best seasons of his career in 2011 under Sullivan, passing for a career-high 4,933 yards and 29 touchdowns.
The Steelers are looking to fill the void left by Matt Canada, who was officially promoted to offensive coordinator on Monday.
The Steelers are talking to Mike Sullivan, a long-time former offensive coordinator/QB coach with the NY Giants and Denver Broncos, about becoming their QB coach, per source.— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) January 26, 2021
Mic Drop: Rooting for Antonio Brown or Le’Veon Bell Is Easy Choice
The idea that either Antonio Brown or Le’Veon Bell will become a Super Bowl champion after Super Bowl LV isn’t exactly something that makes Steelers fans excited for the big game. With that said, Mike Asti feels deciding who to root for should be an easy choice for Steelers fans. He wants to set the record straight once and for all of why Pittsburgh fans need to stop grouping the two former Steelers together.
While they both left the franchise in a cloud of drama, Le’Veon Bell doesn’t deserve to be treated as if he committed the same kind of sins against the Steelers that Antonio Brown did.