“Keep your emotions off the internet.” I can’t express this enough. Twitter is not a diary. Twitter is not your therapist. Twitter is social media, you can use it for good or bad. It’s a great source of breaking news, global updates, and most importantly breaking sports news. However this is not my quote, it stems from the twitter of Antonio Brown. After all the drama that went on during his offseason he finally found a home in Oakland and the world seemed at peace again. That is, until Brown followed this tweet up by taking a shot at his former teammate, and lack of a better term prodige, JuJu Smith-Schuster.
“Emotion: boy fumbled the whole post season in the biggest game of year ! Everyone went blind to busy making guys famous not enough reality these days ! by the way check the list”
Brown tweeted this after a fan account named JuJu the Steelers most valuable player in 2018, (I’m personally upset the award wasn’t given to James Conner), and Brown decides to air out his emotions. JuJu, who was in his second year out of USC last season, had one of the best sophomore seasons we’ve seen out of a wide receiver since Julio Jones and Odell Beckham. Not only on the field, but he’s become a house hold name across the country. He’s arguably America’s favorite young wide receiver and between commercials, endorsements, and even the craze video game “Fortnite”, Smith-Schuster’s name is every where. For Antonio Brown just a week prior to post JuJu to his Instagram as a final farewell, this shot comes as a clear sign of jealousy. While Brown may be regarded as one of, if not the best receiver in the league, the lack of appreciation shown from Steelers faithful in his departure shows Browns jealousy stems from exactly that. I can’t blame a guy for being upset the fans of his old team act like he was just another employee, but taking a shot at JuJu was weak. It was uncalled for, and down right embarrassing for Brown.
JuJu took to twitter to respond to Brown;
“Keep your emotions off the internet.”
“All I ever did was show that man love and respect from the moment I got to the league. I was genuinely happy for him too when he got traded to Oakland w/ a big contract, and now he takes shots at me on social media? Crazy how big that ego got to be to take shots at people who show you love! Smh”.
Recap: in a game against the New Orleans Saints, Pittsburgh was 8-5-1 and at the time a half game ahead of Baltimore in the division standings. Coming off of 3 tough losses to the AFC West in Denver, Oakland, and the Chargers, before squeaking a win out over New England, the Steelers round themselves in a must win situation. Although there were a few questionable calls on Pittsburgh that led to New Orleans winning the football game, one important play changed the season. A team that at one point was 7-2-1 and had a stranglehold on the division, almost upset New Orleans until JuJu fumbled on a crucial catch where he turned up field and coughed up the rock. A moment in which the Sophomore became very emotional, realizing he cost his team what ended up being the most important game of the season. Which soon led to Baltimore jumping into first place, and their eventual win over Cleveland the following week clinched them a playoff spot.
Although it sounds harsh when I word it as such, it is how it went down. Yet there was no JuJu slander on social media, no media outcry for explanations. Simply a moment in which a player has shown up big time all season, didn’t. An obstacle in his young career that he will eventually make up for and surpass, and continue to solidify himself as a legitimate WR1 in this league. Yet, Antonio Brown wasn’t happy when JuJu was recognized as a more valuable player last season than he was, and quickly took to social media to throw JuJu under the bus.
So the relevance of this? Other than the fact everyone loves drama within the athletes, Antonio Brown is the clichè ex that still bashes his old partner whenever he isn’t recognized as the alpha in the situation. Colin Cowherd said it best, “He’s the bitter ex, and it’s going to fuel Pittsburgh back to the top.” Regardless of what happens within that division, this is becoming a rocky situation for Brown. With a brand new team to focus on, he had expressed more energy in bashing Pittsburgh rather than focusing on getting Oakland out of last place in their division. If there’s one thing you take from this article, let it be this; Although the trend in 2019 is it’s “cool” to be negative, make sure you aren’t being “cool”. Wasting your time to disagree or be negative only takes time away from you progressing, and if history tells us anything, it’s that the longer this anti-Pittsburgh trend continues in his daily routine, the lower expectations are for the Raiders next season.