Antonio Brown has been promising to share his side of the story with the Pittsburgh Steelers since the 2018 season ended and it appears fans will finally get to a chance to hear from him on Saturday in an airing of an interview with Jeff Darlington of ESPN filmed earlier in the week.
In an excerpt of this sit down that was released on Thursday, it would appear that Brown has no intention of leaving the Steelers quitely after he called out Kevin Colbert for describing the Steelers roster as Ben Roethlisberger and “52 kids”.
Colbert attempted to clarify those remarks once again at the NFL Scouting Combine on Wednesday, but it seems those efforts have fallen on deaf ears with AB. As far as Brown is concerned, Colbert choice of language simply indicates the lack of respect he has been complaining out for some time.
”He pretty much explained what I already had told everyone, he just confirmed it. He confirmed everything I said, and I didnt go about it in a bad way and say it. I said it because I know my fans want to hear it from me. I sat back and watched everyone take all kinds of jabs, uppercuts at me and Mr. Big Chest ... I didn't complain, I didn’t point a finger. Obviously I know there are some cultural issues, some issues that was already at hand, that I already knew, but I couldn't really say that because out of respect for the organisation and for the members I work with, I didn't want to put them in an uncomfortable position.”
”Of course he tried to clarify because he know he stated the truth and he’s going to backpedal on his words, but what ideally grown man is calling another grown man a kid? ‘Fifty-two kids.’ Like, you don’t have no respect for these guys? Like, these the guys that go to work for you. And that’s what I’m telling you guys, that’s my issue. You know what I’m saying? It’s all about respect. Things not getting better. They’re not changing. You know what I mean? He just stated it. There’s 52 kids and it’s this guy [Roethlisberger]. so it’s like ‘Bro, it’s one team.’ ... So that’s what it is man, just understanding truths.”
While the Steelers general manager was heavily criticized by some in the national media for his “52 kids” comment, it would probably be fair to say that he was more guilty of a poor choice words to highlight a valid point rather than his remark being a sign of his disrespect for the rest of the players on the roster.
Fans wanting to hear more from this interview will need to tune into ESPN on Saturday morning and might also be interested in another interview Brown has coming out on Friday on HBO’s The Shop.