Antonio Brown Goes on Multi-Tweet Twitter Tirade; Calls Out Patriots Fans, NFL, Ben Roethlisberger, Owner Robert Kraft and Others
It’s the new age problem: You can keep the man off your team, but you can’t keep the man off of Twitter. When it comes to Antonio Brown, that issue is even more pressing.
After seemingly leaving New England on relatively good terms, making posts thanking the Patriots and Bill Belichick following his release, Brown went on a Twitter tirade of sorts early Sunday morning in which he called out anyone who has dared to question his erratic behavior over the past few months.
Things began with a tweet in which Brown supposedly announced his retirement, although it’s hard to take Brown at his word on anything these days. The tweet’s larger purpose was to call out the Patriots and Raiders for voiding his guaranteed money, something they had every right to do after Brown violated the personal conduct policy in both of his contracts:
Next, Brown took aim at Patriots owner Robert Kraft for his recent transgressions at a “massage parlor” in Florida. Brown seems to be implying there’s a double standard at play and he’s being unfairly punished, which was a prevalent sentiment in all of his tweets Sunday morning.
It’s worth noting that Brown did not call out Bill Belichick or Tom Brady in any of his tweets, which would support speculation that both Brady and Belichick were in favor of keeping Brown on the team and it was Kraft who ultimately pushed Brown out of New England.
Brown then took aim at FS1 TV personality Shannon Sharpe. Sharpe has been critical of Brown throughout this process, but really tore into the star receiver in the days following his release from the Patriots. Sharpe’s most popular tweet on Brown received over 90,000 likes:
Brown clearly saw what the Hall of Fame tight end had to say about him and was none too pleased. In retaliation, Brown highlighted sexual allegations made against Sharpe in 2010 that forced him to leave his job as an analyst for CBS:
Brown continued with his “whataboutism” theme by next calling out former teammate Ben Roethlisberger. Brown pointed out the hypocrisy of Roethlisberger only receiving a 4-game suspension for his sexual misconduct in 2010, which the disgruntled wideout seems to believe is far lighter than his punishment despite the fact that Brown has yet to receive a suspension from the NFL.
In his last tweet, Brown went after Patriots fans:
Although it’s slightly unclear what Brown’s exact intentions were with this particular tweet, it certainly doesn’t paint the New England faithful in the best light and it most definitely doesn’t reward the fans who supported Brown even amid the sexual assault allegations against him.
Brown’s tirade ended there, but the drama is far from over. Brown intends to fight both the Patriots and Raiders for the roughly $40 million in guaranteed money that was included in both of his contracts, something Brown seems to feel entitled to after playing a combined 24 regular season snaps for the two teams.
The only thing that is certain is that as long as Brown has his phone and access to Twitter, this story isn’t going anywhere.