You can have a million reactions to the strange black and white photo published on the Twitter account of Antonio Brown on Tuesday morning.
Here's one of the best players in the history of the Steelers, a blonde with a mustache, his arm around the owner of the team, who has just been told to kick stones. Now is the time for the franchise to trade it, and the more bazooka-style Brown's tactics out of Pittsburgh, the more difficult it will be for other teams to convince themselves that they must meet the high-end asking price.
Make no mistake, 31 other clubs would meet Brown with open arms for at least another season. However, as recently reported by the NFL network, the consensus among league leaders is that third round choice makes sense. This is the return for a player who has not missed more than two games in a season since 2012 and who has been elected to the Pro Bowl every season since '13.
You can call Brown crazy, call him selfish, call him a diva of brown M & Ms only order. You can tell he's destroying his legacy of a sixth-round pick that has never been so brave but that has outsmarted all the top talent on the field. But do not miss a second the fact that it's the face of a man who gets what he wants. He wins in an era of unprecedented power shifting in favor of property. Although he is the prime target of a quarter entering the final stanza of his career, it seems that Brown will be playing elsewhere in 2019.
That, or the Steelers are gearing up for another trip of the season in the Confiscation Section of the collective bargaining wage, trying to ignore the ghost of someone who will not fail to haunt the facilities for the rest of the year. the season. If Pittsburgh opted for salary withholding, Brown would certainly file a grievance.
We have rarely seen a year full of players withstand the vast arsenal available to NFL teams. Khalil Mack, Aaron Donald, Le'Veon Bell, in some cases they lost. In some cases, they have been paid. In some cases they have been out of the hell of football, they have been made to be the centerpiece of a championship caliber defense. You can certainly question Brown's path by asking him whether joining a team that still had aspirations in the playoffs was right or noble, but is there not a bit of that in all of us? Did not we all have moments when we just wanted to go back to our office, break the copier and get out on the other side in a better situation with a hi finger held high?
Players learn not to care and treat and protect their bodies as a business. There was a time when doing what was best for you was labeled treason and betrayal by supporters. But many of us would not hesitate to press the eject button if the situation became untenable around us. Many of us would explore another company if we offered them more money, the opportunity to work with their friends or the opportunity to get closer to their family.
When the negotiations of the next collective agreement are negotiated, who knows what kind of new vice-grips will be put in place so that the star players will not move? Maybe the NBA is, in the end, a telling tale for years to come if all the good players are trying to get into the same orbit. Perhaps we have given way to hyperbole, and guys like Mack, Bell and Brown are not the sign of the future.
In the coming days, we may hear more about Brown and why the situation has been reduced at this time and this strange picture. Perhaps we will hear something that makes us feel good about the Steelers. Maybe we will hear something that makes us hate Brown. It will be difficult to imagine him caring if he ends up taking pictures other than in Pittsburgh, in a few months.
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