Antonio Brown might have fallen short on his promise to answer 10 questions from fans via Twitter on Saturday, but he more than made up for it on Monday night during an Instagram Live session that revealed far more than he had just a few days before.
Filmed while working out in his gym at home, Brown encouraged teams who are interested in trading for him to break NFL rules and call him, while also making it clear that he actually does want a new contract with guaranteed money after all.
A position somewhat contrary to his response over the weekend that claimed his desire to move on had nothing to do with money.
Not for the money its for the love of the sport ! The commitment to win relentlessly consistently passionately ! Plus I made 70 million it’s public record not to be cocky just truth! Time to play for my own Team AB84 the family ! https://t.co/v4vFO2QCSf— Antonio Brown (@AB84) February 16, 2019
But Brown was singing a very different tune as he worked out on his elliptical machine on Monday and these are just a few of the highlights from his nine minute broadcast.
“If any NFL teams are out there watching, hit my phone, hit my phone. If one of them teams out there where the camaraderie is bad, the energy bad, the players haters, I don’t want to play there. I don’t wanna go there. I don’t want to waste no time. You heard?”
“I paved my own way. I heard somebody say they made AB, only God made me.”
“If your squad out there want to win and you squad want a hungry wide receiver whose the best in the whole world, someone hit my phone. Tell them I ain’t doing no unguarantees. I ain’t even gonna play myself no more for this NFL, you heard? I think I done everything. What y’all think? What’s left for me to do? Win a Super Bowl? Gotta be the right team for that, right?”
“If your team got guaranteed money, tell them call me. AB can’t do no more unguarantees.”
“If your team got guaranteed money, they want to get to know me and work with me, tell them call me ... I ain't got time to waste, I got five kids, you heard?”
“Call me Mr. Big Chest, Big Chest from now on, Big Chest Brown from now one. Don’t even call me AB, just call me Big Chest, yeah Mr. Big Chest.”
“Tell your team I’m maxing out and if they want me tell them to be maxing out, you heard?”
The full video can be seen here.
If his tweets on Saturday had not already set alarm bells ringing with some franchises, his repeated desire for guaranteed money in this latest video will have. But for the Pittsburgh Steelers, this latest revelation will only make their job harder when it comes to finding a suitable trade partner.
With Brown set to meet with Art Rooney II later in the week, it can only be hoped that the Steelers owner can persuade him to just keep his thoughts to himself for the next three weeks. Long enough for Pittsburgh to be able to find someone willing to pay the price they are looking for to let him go.