Tim Benz: Enjoy this nightmare scenario for Antonio Brown
The NFL is dragging its feet.
So Antonio Brown is stomping his.
The former Steelers, Raiders and Patriots wide receiver threw a Twitter hissy fit Thursday. He’s mad that the NFL hasn’t given him a clean slate so that a team can sign him without concern that that he may be suspended while under their employment.
Accusations that first became known in mid-September.
As the process grinds along, another lost week means another lost paycheck for Brown. And based on the news that the Seahawks and other teams may have been interested in signing him recently, Brown lost his mind on Twitter and Instagram.
“Imagine conforming to a system giving it a 100 percent to see them treat me like this is unfairly!” Brown tweeted. “Making money off my sweat and blood F—- the @nfl I’ll never play in that s—- treat black people the worse! Clear my name and go f—- your self.”
After he was released by New England in September, Brown posted that he was done with the NFL. Since then he’s done nothing but suggest that he wants back into the league.
And later on Thursday, Brown tried to backtrack on his ealier statements.
Is it CTE? Is it mental illness? Multiple personality disorder? Schizophrenia?
I don’t know. I’m not a doctor, and I’m not going to play one on the internet. And if he needs help, someone should tell him to get some.
I just know he is acting like a spoiled brat. And I also know that if he hadn’t done things like that for the better part of three years in Pittsburgh, Oakland and Foxborough, the NFL would be expediting this process.
But right now, this league wants no part of him. They are happy to slowly choke him out.
Again, I stress that I’m talking about the league. Not its member organizations. Whether it is Seattle or the Dallas Cowboys or the Philadelphia Eagles, there would be a team that would sign A.B. if they knew they could have him eligible for the rest of this season.
The league doesn’t want him, though. His attitude. His distractions. His “look at me” self-promotion, tantrums, online rants and illicit texting.
Up to and including the messages he allegedly sent to one of his accusers that got him kicked off the New England roster in the first place.
If Brown had been a good soldier as a Steeler, they would have stood by him through this process. They did under similar controversial circumstances for Ben Roethlisberger, James Harrison and Anthony Chickillo.
If the accusation came while he was a Raider, they would’ve gotten his back in Oakland. Well, if it weren’t for the frozen feet and the helmet fiasco.
And if all this drama wasn’t on his resume and he didn’t apparently act like a fool after the sexual assault allegations first emerged by allegedly threatening one of those filing a complaint while he was under contract in New England, maybe the Patriots would’ve kept him on board.
But this is Antonio Brown. And he knows no rules or social standards. Because he thinks he doesn’t need them. He’s above all that.
Apparently, Brown is wrong. Because the NFL is letting Brown know he’s not bigger than its league.
Whether it is are justified for playing stall-ball, who cares. Brown ran out of benefit-of-the-doubt points a long time ago.
Here’s a nightmare scenario for A.B. What if he comes to the realization that none of his former teams miss him, and he has to watch all of them make the playoffs in the same season without him?
Think about it. The Patriots are in command of the AFC East. They’ll win that division for sure and maybe have homefield advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.
After their win Thursday night over the Chargers, the Raiders are now 5-4. They are very much in the wild-card chase, if not the AFC West hunt.
And even the Steelers are at .500 and alive for a playoff spot.
If they don’t get it, maybe Buffalo will. Remember it seemed Brown was going to be a Bill for a few hours, too.
Heck, let’s make it 4 for 4 on teams that could make the AFC playoffs after they got rid of Brown’s poisonous presence.
Patriots win the East. Raiders win the West. Bills and Steelers get the wild-card slots.
That’s a weird collection of teams to root for all at once. But I’ll be throwing a party if it happens.