The Antonio Brown Story

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The Antonio Brown Story

Aaron Kolomvotos

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It has been quite a year for superstar wide receiver Antonio Brown. Brown has been involved with a lot of drama throughout the year and now he’s currently a New England Patriot. The question is how did this happen? How did Antonio Brown become a Patriot? This is the Antonio Brown story.

Brown was first drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers back in 2010 in the 6th round as the 195th overall pick. Brown was just a no name receiver who quickly rose to become one of the best receivers in the league. Brown immediately began putting up hall of fame numbers in his tenure with the Pittsburgh Steelers. And then one day he had enough. During the 2018-2019 season on week 17, Antonio Brown did not suit up against Cincinnati Bengals, as he was told ”take the day off.” Brown was also skipping practice prior to the weeks before this too. After all of this Brown made it clear that he would never suit up for the Steelers again. It left Pittsburgh no choice, but to trade Brown. Teammates began trying to fix and work things out with Brown, but the damage was already done. Brown would bash some of his former teammates such as Ben Roethlisberger and JuJu Smith-Schuster igniting a war of words through the news and social media. 

On March 9th, Brown would be traded to the Oakland Raiders for a pair of draft picks and he would receive a new contract. The contact would cover 3 years and guarantee 30 million. AB arrived at training camp meeting all of his new teammates and was ready to work and prove people that he didn’t need Pittsburgh. However, right before he showed he suffered from a cryotherapy accident that would leave frostbite on his feet and he would be unable to practice with his new teammates and new offense.

It was at this moment that Brown began a new episode of drama, by boycotting all NFL helmets that were younger than 10 years old. This would lead to multiple helmet grievances due to the new rules in place by the league that his old helmet was unsafe. One epsiode of drama wasn’t enough so AB began binging drama episode after drama episode of former teammates by telling his old teammate Ben Roethlisberger to ”shut up already” about their relationship and how they were never friends to begin with.

Shortly after that Antonio would be fined by the Raiders for skipping practice and took to social media about the situation. Brown would have a confrontation with the general manager, Mike Mayock, as Brown threatened to hit him, allegedly called him racial slurs, and punted the football saying “fine that.” Brown would apologizes the next day and then he uploaded a video on his YouTube channel leaking a conversation on his phone he had with coach Jon Gruden. Antonio Brown was then released by the Raiders and would be celebrating that he was finally free. This would make him a free agent and free to sign anywhere until then…

On September 7th Antonio Brown would sign with the New England Patriots on a 1 year deal worth up to 15 million and a 9 million signing bonus. The Patriots tried to trade for Antonio Brown back in March but Pittsburgh would deal him to one of their main rivals. It seemed like Brown wanted to play for the Patriots all along and that causing all this drama would get him there. This acquisition is almost similar to the Randy Moss acquisition back in 2007 when he too was with the Raiders and signed with the Patriots.

Then recently the Pats were blindsided by some more news to come out about Antonio Brown’s former trainer. Britney Taylor is claiming that Brown sexually assaulted her on multiple occasions in recent years. The Patriots have stated that the NFL is currently investigating the lawsuit and they will wait until they have finished their investigation before reacting.

Britney Taylor released the following statement through her attorneys, “As a rape victim of Antonio Brown, deciding to speak out has been an incredibly difficult decision. I have found strength in my faith, my family, and from the accounts of other survivors of sexual assault.  Speaking out removes the shame that I have felt for the past year and places it on the person responsible for my rape. I will cooperate with the NFL and any other agencies; however, at this time, I respectfully request that the media please respect my privacy.”

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