Over the last several months, it has become quite evident that star wide receiver Antonio Brown can be extremely unpredictable on social media. Brown has gone from lashing out against the New England Patriots for releasing him to posting videos about his desire to return to the NFL. There has been no real way to anticipate what direction he will head next. That proved to be once again the case as he decided to take more shots at his former Pittsburgh Steelers teammate JuJu Smith-Schuster.
Antonio Brown’s prior history with JuJu Smith-Schuster
Before the Steelers decided to part ways with Brown, he had spent the previous two years as the mentor to rising star wide receiver. The Pro Bowler took him under his wing to help him develop along as the two formed one of the best passing game duos in the league.
That led to them both becoming Pro Bowlers in the 2018 season, which saw Smith-Schuster garner his first 1,000 receiving yard campaign. However, things began to unravel after his teammates named him as the Steelers MVP, which appeared to rub Brown the wrong way.
All of that came to light after he was traded to the Oakland Raiders as he took to Instagram to post DMs from Twitter that showed Smith-Schuster reaching out to him for advice during time at USC.
Brown had hoped the post would make his former teammate look foolish, but it did the exact opposite. Meanwhile, Smith-Schuster has continued to voice nothing but his utmost gratitude for playing alongside the All-Pro wideout. The 31-year-old later deleted the post from his Instagram feed. However, this didn’t prove to be enough for Brown to attempt to bash the USC product publicly.
Antonio Brown fires away at JuJu Smith-Schuster
It has been a turbulent last few months for Brown that has seen him lash out at many different things over that span. Smith-Schuster was the latest target as the star wideout took to Twitter on Monday afternoon to undercut his former teammate once again.
Yes, Smith-Schuster’s production wasn’t what the team had hoped, but there are many reasons why things unfolded in that manner. Smith-Schuster had an injury-plagued 2019 campaign that saw him finish with just 42 receptions for 552 receiving yards and three touchdowns. He struggled with his health early on in the season and was never able to shake that, missing four games.
The Steelers were also quickly hit with a significant blow with Pro Bowl quarterback Ben Roethlisberger with a season-ending elbow injury in the second game of the year. Meanwhile, his replacements in Mason Rudolph and Devlin Hodges both struggled to provide ample production in the passing game.
There many mistakes with Brown’s verbal jab as Smith-Schuster had struggled with injuries while he had finished with north of 500 receiving yards. In the end, this tweet does nothing but continue to make him look petty.
Antonio Brown’s focus should be on his own NFL career
What Smith-Schuster did on the field in the 2019 season should be the last of Brown’s concerns at this point. He is currently out of the league due to his own doing of being involved in two legal issues that stem from some questionable off-the-field decisions.
That put his NFL future up in the air, drawing a thorough investigation from the league into the matters around him. Brown did garner a recent workout from the New Orleans Saints, but his lingering legal problems have prevented him from receiving that opportunity.
He has the talent to belong on an NFL roster as the top receiving threat in a passing game, but his choices off the field have landed him in this tight spot. Until those are resolved, it’s hard to imagine any team taking a chance on him.