As Antonio Brown drama continues to dominate the talk of the NFL, many in Pittsburgh are probably relieved the controversial wide receiver is no longer with the Steelers.
Actually, one Steelers legend wonders what took them so long.
Terry Bradshaw, four-time Super Bowl champion and Hall of Fame quarterback, sounded off on Brown during an interview with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on Friday.
“I had no idea [the Steelers] catered to Brown as much as they supposedly did,” Bradshaw said, intimating the receiver had preferential treatment.
“I can’t stand players like Antonio Brown.”
Things reached a boiling point between Brown and the Steelers at the end of last season, which resulted in the All-Pro wide receiver being benched the final game of the season, which subsequently led to him being traded to the Oakland Raiders.
The drama with Brown only escalated in Oakland, where he burned his feet in a cryogenic chamber, missed practice while battling the NFL over his helmet and got into a verbal altercation with GM Mike Mayock, all of which culminated in his unexpected release from the team.
All this was before a lawsuit was filed alleging sexual assault and rape just three days after he signed with the New England Patriots.
“I cannot emphasize how I cannot stand and have a disdain totally for players like that,” Bradshaw said. “I don’t want any part of them. I wouldn’t like them. They would hate me if they were on our team. They would hate me because I wouldn’t throw to him.”
The 71-year-old, who is also an analyst on NFL FOX Sunday, added that the Steelers should have let Brown go sooner.
“I’m glad they got rid of him and I’m upset now that I know how he got away … (what) he was doing there,” he said. “I wish the heck they would have gotten rid of him a long time ago.”
The Steelers were clearly a different team without Brown, though. They lost their opening game to the Patriots 33-3, but Bradshaw — who said he did not watch the game — believes it will take some time to adjust but ultimately is not worried.
Brown had signed with New England a day earlier and did not play in the game, either. He is eligible to play on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins although Bill Belichick has been mum on whether or not Brown will be active.
Bradshaw does not expect Brown to last long in New England.
“What’s the over/under of him lasting in New England?” he asked.
“Let New England have him,” Bradshaw added. “…I’m not pulling for him. I can promise you that.”