Antonio Brown: What Seattle Seahawks would have found in deep dive
A timeline of events...
Monday July 20 marked the third time Antonio Brown retired from the NFL.
With all the news and rumors surrounding Brown’s intentions to join a team in 2020, along with the Seattle Seahawks inquiring about the wide receiver, as well as holding private workouts with Russell Wilson, while more allegations surfaced, the 10-year, Pro-Bowl wide receiver THEN decides to hang up the towel (again).
Brown announced his retirement on August 9, 2019, September 22, 2019, and now on July 20, 2020.
Here is what the Seahawks have dodged…
Request for trade (March 2019)
After spending his first nine years in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Antonio Brown requested a trade.
According to reports back in March 2019, “A source close to Brown believes the wideout is tired of playing the scapegoat for the Steelers' problems and wants to show he can thrive in another offense.”
He failed to show up to work the day before the season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Brown was then traded to the Oakland Raiders for two picks (a third and fifth round) in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Foot frostbite (July 2019)
Brown reported for Raiders training camp in July 2019, but was unable to practice because of frostbite on both his feet. Yes, frostbite in the heat of summer. It was later revealed that he suffered the frostbite because he didn’t wear proper footwear in a cryotherapy machine in France earlier that month.
Helmet-gate (August 2019)
The very next month, there was another Antonio Brown headline.
This time, it was his helmet. The league banned his preferred model of helmet, the Schutt Air Advantage. The 10-year-old model was no longer certified as safe for game action, but that didn’t stop Brown from saying something. He threatened to retire if he didn’t get his way.
Brown filed a grievance and lost. He then filed a second grievance and lost again.
Raiders general manager Mike Mayock said on Aug. 18 that it was time for Brown to either be “all-in or all-out.”
Calling Raiders’ Mike Mayock a ‘Cracker’ (September 2019)
The next month, another headline….
According to Josina Anderson of ESPN, Brown approached Mayock to complain about a recent fine before calling him a "cracker" and using a barrage of "cuss words" directed at the first-year GM. A team source said Mayock "walked away because he saw it escalate" while other players held Brown back.
This incident came after Brown complained about a $13,950 fine on Instagram on Wednesday for missing a team walkthrough Aug. 22.
Brown requested a release from the Raiders and officially signed with the New England Patriots on September 9, 2019.
Accused of sexual assault (September 2019)
It didn’t take long for Brown’s past to catch up with him in New England.
It was in fact just one day.
On September 10, his former trainer Britney Taylor accused Brown of sexual assault and rape in a civil lawsuit.
Days later, Brown made his debut with the Patriots and recorded four catches for 54 yards and one touchdown.
Threatening text messages (September 2019)
A second allegation of sexual misconduct was made against Brown.
There were published text messages on social media sent by Brown to his second accuser after her story was made public. Photos of the accuser's children were included in the messages.
Brown was released by the Patriots later that day.
Cussing out the police (January 2020)
As a free agent, the problems didn’t stop.
Hollywood police spokesman Christian Lata told the Miami Herald Monday that officers were called to a home about a disturbance by a man who they believed to be Brown.
Brown posted the events in video form on his personal social media.
In one part of the video, Brown calls police a “bag of d--ks” then waves the penis-shaped gummy candies at them. He also shouts, “Take that b---- to jail.”