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Antonio Brown doesn’t owe anyone an apology for making his own decisions

ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith called Antonio Brown “embarrassing,” “selfish,” and “disgraceful.”

John Brown of the NFL on CBS questioned his integrity and whether he was prepared to succeed at life. Going even harder on Brown’s name, Superbowl Champion Coach Tony Dungy said, “He’ll be the biggest loser in the end.”

If you were to listen to the soundbites over the weekend, and this past summer for that matter, you’d think NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown had either punched his wife in an elevator, was charged for prostitution solicitation of an Asian Day Spa or took performance-enhancing drugs.

No, instead all Antonio Brown has done — in a shark, cold, shrewd manner — is look out for himself. What’s been most surprising about the outrage and sheer viciousness of the media coverage the 31-year-old now New England Patriot has had thrown his way is the hierocracy in it all.

Where did this mandate that players must put coach, team, and league before themselves come from? We’re talking about the same league that has the highest athlete turn-over, where fans will hate you the second you don’t produce for them and forget you when you’re done, and, by the way, is currently still blackballing a player for free speech.

Where did this virtuous molehill everyone is standing on come from? How many of us at with regular 9 to 5s would put our jobs over ourselves and, for all intents and purposes, not do what’s in our best interest when the time arrives?

Granted, everything Antonio Brown has done lives up to all the stereotypes that come with being a diva star wide receiver, and then some. From his last moments as a Pittsburg Steeler to signing his one-year deal worth up to an estimated $15 million with the Patriots, there is no real vouching for a character for the star receiver.

Antonio Brown may not have agreed with the Steelers’ team policy on social media but he could have handled it better than getting in a heated dispute with the coaches and throwing a football at his starting QB. 

Similarly, he may have had issues with the NFL’s new policy which decertified his longtime helmet but he didn’t have to ghost practice and the Raiders’ attempts to communicate with him.  

Mans even threatened to wash the team’s general manager, Mike Mayock — “in the face” — because he wasn’t happy with them canceling his guarantees which he could have gotten out of in a more peaceful way. 

Antonio Brown may be picky, a diva, sensitive, and incredibly selfish but not a single soul was harmed. He decided that he wasn’t happy with the workplace and did what he thought was best to change it.

People easily forget how gruesome, short and how underpaid the athletes are in the NFL. While jokes of Brown having CTE go round, 29-year-old Pro-Bowl quarterback Andrew Luck has retired due to the toll of the game on his body while quality players like Melvin Gordon of the San Diego Chargers are still fighting to get paid his worth.

This isn’t the NBA. NFL players have a short window to maximize talent before they’re exhausted and replaced by someone cheaper.

In nine previous seasons with the Steelers, Antonio Brown has made seven Pro Bowls and earned four first-team All-Pro honors. He has led the NFL in receiving yards twice (14′, ’17) and in receptions (14′, ’15) on two occasions.

Just last season, Brown was the league leader in touchdown receptions.

He’s cold and he knows it. So why not leverage his Hall of Fame paced prime?

As he said when he became unhappy and wanted out as a Steeler to ESPN’s Jeff Darlington,

“I don’t even have to play football if I don’t want to, bro. I don’t even need the game. I don’t need to prove nothing to anyone. If they want to play, they’re going to play by my rules; if not, I don’t need to play.”

And, honestly, I don’t blame the guy.

As “extreme” as his Brown’s antics have been, Kansas City Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill just signed a $54 million dollar extension last week, this after prosecutors ended an investigation into allegations that he physically abused his 3-year-old son.

While investigators couldn’t link him as the child’s abuser, audio that appears to be him threatening his fiancée is far worse than anything Antonio Brown has done.

“You need to be terrified of me too, bitch,” I would think, would be less received than being annoying about a helmet. Brown was not eligible when the Patriots opened their regular season against Brown’s old team Sunday night at Gillette Stadium but is expected to be active by week three.

As for his guaranteed $30 million that gripers are saying he foolishly left behind, Brown’s agent said Saturday it’s possible they’ll file legal action against Oakland on how discipline was carried out and his voided contract. If he wins the grievance, he would count over $50,000,000 this year in dead money for two teams: Oakland for $29,125,000 and Pittsburgh for $21,120,000.

Say what you want about how Antonio Brown handles disagreements, his attention span, or neediness. Just make sure you add that he knows he’s a talented athlete in a league who knows his worth.

Antonio Brown isn’t a bad guy, he just wants what he wants and knows how to get it. What everyone has trouble accepting is that when you’re behavior doesn’t come at any consequence and you have the talent to boot, you can.

The NFL is finally using the ‘Madden cam’ for games and it’s stupid lit

The Pittsburgh Steelers smacked the shit out of the Tennessee Titans last night on Thursday Night football but the real story was the new camera angle NBC was using for the broadcast.

Finally, after years of using the skycam for only the flyest plays, they broadcasted an entire game from the offense’s perspective. Shit was lookin’ like Madden!

When you really think about it, it makes no sense that they haven’t been broadcasting games like this already. The technology was adopted ever since the XFL introduced it back in 2001. 16 years later, the producers are now just starting to get it.

For all NFL fans, and Madden players especially, this is probably one of the greatest things to happen in football all season. How else are you supposed to capture the video game generation than with some video game camera angles?

The people have tweeted and they agree.

The most interesting aspect is actually seeing the running back’s vision and the passing lanes quarterbacks throw into.

You can also truly realize the speed of these athletes once the ball is thrown and the safety comes flying to either pick it off or knock off the receiver’s head. And when you have a superstar pass catcher like Antonio Brown, you can really see how nice he is.

AB went off with 10 catches, 144 yards receiving, and three touchdowns. If you played against him in fantasy, you sick.

Overall, this new Madden cam, skycam, or whatever the fuck you want to call it is stupid lit. Of course some people had to bitch about it because that’s what people on the internet do.

Okay dudes, relax. Let’s see you go out there and pick the right holes to run through while 300-pound linemen try to kill you. SMH.

The overall consensus however is that we need this used more and it’s only a matter of time before every station is using it. Fuck it throw college football in there too!

Imagine Chris Hanson playcalling this on NFL Redzone though? I would yack it.

8 NFL players who grind even harder in the offseason

The NFL offseason is well underway, but for many of the league’s biggest stars, the grind truly never stops.

Gone are the days when professional athletes would stop their work in the offseason, the modern day athlete has to maintain peak physical shape year round.

And yes, Odell is still wiling out, but then he’s also popping off with his personal trainer, staying ahead of the competition while still enjoying himself.

Team OTAs were a month ago and the NFL preseason begins in less than a month (somehow). I have no idea how we’re already on the cusp of another NFL season, but the biggest and best stars in the NFL are staying at peak physical condition during the summer.

Whether it’s Marshawn Lynch working out on the beach in boots or Aaron Donald working on his agility, no matter the position or how many years they’ve played in the league, these ballers have to maintain that edge.

J.J. Watt is probably somewhere in the woods lifting trees and shit, but we’re not going to give his corny self any credit.

If you’re looking for a way to get in ridiculous shape and get that agility up, you might just want to adopt some of these workouts. Good luck, though