It has really just been a year for Pittsburgh drama.
At this point, I’ve started running out of popcorn to watch the show, but wide receiver Antonio Brown is forcing me to make a trip to the store to restock with his most recent allegations.
This time, it appears Brown has gotten in trouble with the law.
Brown has two lawsuits filed against him relating to an incident where he allegedly threw furniture from his 14th floor condo in Florida in April, according to Tom Schad of USA Today. The owner of the condo is seeking the cost of damages created by Brown, who was leasing the furnished condo for $35,000 a month.
The second lawsuit was filed because Brown allegedly almost hit a 22-month-old child. The boy was walking with his grandfather when a couple of vases and an ottoman landed near the two. The boy’s father is filing the suit claiming his son has had signs of fear and anxiety. He also says his son has had night terrors every night.
Brown has yet to comment on the story, so we really don’t know what would provoke him to throw furniture from the 14th floor of a building. Then again, what excuse could a person have for doing that?
For a guy who claimed he was tired of not having his privacy from the media and even wondered if he was really free, I feel like throwing furniture out of a building is not the route to take in order to stay out of the news or worrying about waking up to Google alerts about yourself.
Brown seems to like to play both sides. He is a huge social media guy. He often posts videos of his workouts, family and even ads on occasion.
What Brown doesn’t seem to understand is that being that big of a name comes with a cost of people actually paying attention to you. You also have to wonder if this will have any impact on the perception of him from around the league (it won’t) as he has been sort of built up as one of the poster children for the NFL.
This is just the most recent example of drama for the Steelers this season. It started with Le’Veon Bell refusing to play under his franchise tag in order to preserve himself as he looks to hit free agency. Now he is saying that he will return to the team in Week 7.
Then there was Brown tweeting “trade me” after he was frustrated by a fan questioning his value to the team. He then skipped practice on Monday following that.
The Steelers will be visiting Cincinnati this Sunday, and it seems the teams aren’t where many thought the two would be at this point. In fact many would’ve wagered the records of these two teams would probably be flipped since the Steelers are only 2-2-1 (and are really lucky to not be 2-3).
The defense has been a real issue for them, and the fact they haven’t had Bell has been an issue in a few games as James Conner has had good games, but he isn’t as consistent.
There seems to be a real chance that the Bengals could make a statement Sunday.
Update: Brown has commented on his legal drama.
Antonio Brown on recent legal issues: “It has now been made public that two lawsuits containing false claims have been filed against me. The facts will soon come out that prove my innocence. My focus will remain on football and I will not let the cases serve as a distraction.”— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 11, 2018