Antonio Brown isn’t willing to take any blame for his fallout with the Steelers.
During an extensive interview with ESPN, which aired Saturday morning, Brown explained why he believes the team’s recent drama isn’t his fault.
“I don’t take any blame,” Brown told ESPN. “I just think I took responsibility for my situation. You know, I didn’t point the finger. I didn’t make no one look bad. I didn’t throw no stones at anyone.”
Brown went into detail about what went wrong with the Steelers this season, pointing to what he believed was a disconnect between the players and ownership.
“Sometimes things are bigger than just my issues, you know?,” Brown said. “If you work for me for nine years, wouldn’t you expect you to know my girlfriend’s name or my dad’s name or my kid or, you know, would you expect me to meet your kid or at least know you on the level of some sort of integrity to know, like, ‘Hey, man, I appreciate what you do.'”
Brown also shared more insight into his relationship with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
“Criticism really is a part of the job, you know what I’m saying? I answer criticism with achievement,” Brown said. “But, you know, and the professional level is, like, yo, like, if I’m your guy, make me know I’m your guy. But don’t say I’m your guy and then point the finger. Don’t say I’m your guy and then don’t throw me the ball the whole first quarter.
“I would’ve liked for me and Ben to be cool. You know what I mean? I thought we was cool. But when I think … I’ve been to his house one time. He’s been to my house one time. You know what I mean? We don’t work out in the offseason. You think that’s winning? That’s not winning.”
Brown met with Steelers owner Art Rooney II last month to “clear the air.” After the meeting, Brown shared that the two “both agreed that it is time to move on.” General manager Kevin Colbert indicated at least three teams have inquired about the seven-time Pro Bowl player, though the franchise has made it clear it wants “significant compensation” from a potential deal.
“Why wouldn’t they not trade me? They gotta pay me 2.5 million on March 17,” Brown said. “If I invoice you March 17, $2.5 million that you gotta pay me, would you pay it or would you get somebody else to pay it? So it’s what — pretty much what’s good for their business. …
“They want to start a fresh offseason with no bad blood so their team could just focus on football. No distraction from any player. So I think they’ll get it done.”