Antonio Brown, one of the most talented receivers in modern day history, has been making headlines for months, but for all the wrong reasons.
Let's try to get you caught up:
- After a falling out with the team, Brown was traded by the Steelers to the Raiders in March of last year.
- Brown butted heads with the Raiders staff and the NFL. He had a very public dispute with the league over the use of his preferred helmet, and was later fined $40,000 by the Raiders for failing to participate in team walkthroughs Irritated, Brown took to Instagram and asked for his release. On September 7th, the Raiders granted his wish.
- Later that same day, Brown signed a one-year deal with the Patriots. That marriage didn't last, either. He played in just one game and was cut from the team on September 20.
- Now, without a team and a lot of free time, Brown has used social media as an outlet. However, it wasn't a creative outlet. Instead, he used it to voice his displeasure with the league, teams around the NFL, and to air his dirty laundry. He even posted multiple live videos showing him getting in verbal altercations with the police outside his home. The latest being posted on January 13 (WARNING: The linked video contains offensive language).
That is the super short, Cliffnotes version of the Antonio Brown saga. So, what does all of that have to do with Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal?
Well, early Tuesday morning, Brown managed to rope the Oregon head coach in.
I respect authority with police the injustice just so unfair I had the biggest cop chase at @FIU ask Mario Cristobal in 2007 about the police how they had me gun point no reason then kicked me out school; pittsburgh police pulled me over before a game 2018 vs Carolina y us y me— AB (@AB84) January 14, 2020
Good morning, coach...
Back in 2007, Mario Cristobal was starting his first season as head coach at Florida International. As for Brown, he was looking to latch on with a D1 program. Brown initially planned to attend Florida State, but his admission was denied due to "academic concerns." He then tried to enroll at Alcorn State, but again, academics prevented him from admission. He instead spent one season at North Carolina Tech Prep, where he would catch the eye of FIU and Cristobal.
FIU offered Brown a scholarship, which he accepted, but he never played a snap for the Panthers. Why? The aforementioned "cop chase" Brown tweeted... but it wasn't really a cop chase at all.
According to ESPN, "One night in February 2007, before he officially joined the team, he was walking on campus with a friend, who got into a dispute with another student. When security arrived, another argument broke out, this time including Brown, who panicked and fled. When FIU found out, the school rescinded his scholarship."
It wasn't so much a cop chase as it was a student-athlete running away from campus security. Cristobal responded to Brown's off the field antics by cutting him from the squad.
12 years later, Brown used the altercation to rope Cristobal into the never-ending AB Saga.
Now is a good time to remind you that Cristobal played football at Miami, where he was teammates with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Due to six-degrees of separation, there is a chance Brown will rope the Jumanji star in next.