Ex-Steelers' teammate on Antonio Brown: 'It's time to go'

Ex-Steelers' teammate on Antonio Brown: 'It's time to go'

One of Antonio Brown’s former teammates with the Steelers wants Pittsburgh to be done with the wide receiver.

Ryan Clark — who now works with ESPN and was a teammate of Brown’s from 2010-2013 — told Scott Van Pelt on SportsCenter on Monday the Steelers need to move on from the franchise’s second all-time leading receiver.

“This is about the fabric of the team,” Clark said, via ProFootballTalk. “This is about the guy that goes Facebook Live as your coach is talking and leaks information out of the locker room that never should be there, this is about the guy that publicly talks about not getting the ball or issues with the offensive coordinator, knocks over garbage cans or knocks over Gatorade bottles and cans because he doesn’t get the rock. At some point, when you’re an organization that’s built on team, organization that’s built on integrity, you have to show the rest of the locker room that. Will he be good going forward? Probably so. But you have to take that stand.”

“You’re saying shop him?” Van Pelt asked.

“You have to,” Clark said. “It’s time to go.”

Brown hauled in 104 passes for 1,297 yards and 15 touchdowns this season. He and JuJu Smith-Schuster became just the fifth pair of teammates to catch 100 passes and eclipse the 1,000-yard mark in the same year.

But Brown was reportedly benched this week for getting into an altercation with a teammate during practice and missing a meeting the night before the game. Things like this — and his propensity for stat-chasing — add to Clark’s belief that the Steelers should move on.

“When it comes to just being a good teammate, when it comes to just being supportive, understanding that you’re trying to achieve one goal, that doesn’t matter to him,” Clark said. “What matters to him is 19 attempts, 14 catches, 185 yards, two touchdowns against the Saints. That’s what’s important to Antonio Brown.”