It has been nothing short of a whirlwind past year for star wide receiver Antonio Brown as he has fallen out of the NFL. That has seen his struggles in his personal life, along with his unpredictable push away from the football field. Brown has had much difficulty finding any sort of stability. Still, after the latest incident, it sent Brown into an apologetic mood regarding his actions and any friction or problems he has caused.
That saw him voice his remorse for how things transpired with the Pittsburgh Steelers, which led to his departure. It begs the questions about whether his apology is heartfelt.
Antonio Brown’s Steelers stint
Before all the drama and missteps that Brown took with Las Vegas Raiders and New England Patriots, it all begins with how things unfolded in Pittsburgh. He had started his career with the franchise, spending his first nine seasons with the team.
took with Las Vegas Raiders and New England Patriots, it all begins with how things unfolded in Pittsburgh. He had started his career with the franchise, spending his first nine seasons with the team.
During that span, Brown went from being a sixth-round pick to an All-Pro wide receiver that could be argued as being the best at his position. That saw him set numerous NFL and franchise records along the way that included six straight campaigns with at least 100 catches and 1,200 receiving yards.
However, things began falling apart at the seams in the final years with the Steelers as internal issues started to become more publicly prevalent. That saw his relationship with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger flare-up, and his mistrust with the organization crept to the point where he neglected to practice and play in the season finale in the 2018 season.
That proved to be the final straw as the Steelers traded Brown to the Raiders, which over time he blasted his former team, some teammates, and management on social media. It has been a part of the downfall that he has had over the last year. Brown has now shifted gears again that has led him to apologize to his first NFL team publicly.
Antonio Brown’s apology to the Steelers
It has been a rollercoaster ride over the last several months to follow what Brown does next, as he has been extremely unpredictable. That has seen him go on both ends of the spectrum with his emotions with his actions.
Brown changed his tone a bit this time around as he went on 93.7 The Fan on Thursday to apologize to the Steelers for how he handled things with the franchise. (H/T ESPN)
“I apologize to those guys for the distractions, the unwanted attention that I probably caused those guys,” Brown told the radio station when asked if he had anything to say to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, coach Mike Tomlin and team owner Art Rooney II. “To the organization. Obviously you want to clear out any baggage or any disrespect or unintended attention that was brought on to the organization.
Brown also went on to state that he has no ill will towards Ben Roethlisberger or JuJu Smith-Schuster. He had several public barbs on social media thrown towards his former teammates, which further created tension. Still, the 31-year-old has made it a point to air out that those situations are ones that he doesn’t harbor any lingering disdain towards them.
It’s quite a different tone from Brown, who has been quite vocal in the last several months about how things went down with the Steelers. That has put forth the question about whether his words were met with truly sincere conviction.
Antonio Brown must prove it with his actions
That isn’t the first time that Brown has voiced his remorse about his handled a situation with one of his previous teams. He had also expressed similar sentiments to the Patriots after he blasted the franchise over social media.
What makes this situation complicated is that Brown has been quite unpredictable over the last year. At the moment, it certainly feels like he is expressing his true feelings about his mistakes, but what will speak louder are his actions.
Brown is a long way from getting back into the NFL, and if he hopes to have a chance with another team, that will be one of the deciding factors. Beyond just getting his legal matters sorted out, he needs to display stability in his personal life with sound decision-making over a long duration of time.
He has the talent to be a huge factor for any offense in the NFL, but until his personal life is stable, then he can move forward towards possibly getting back in the league if all else falls in place.