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Steelers News: When Antonio Brown breaks his public silence, fans are left with more questions

Time to check on the latest news surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers’ season is over, but if you think the news surrounding the black-and-gold is over — think again. For the drama-filled Steelers, things are just heating up, and this is where the daily links article comes in. You might have missed some key news, and we fill you in and give you the latest, and sometimes greatest, news surrounding the Steelers.

Today in the Black-and-gold links article we take a look at how Antonio Brown’s most recent public comments have tainted his image, and possibly his value in a trade.

Let’s get to the news:

  • The Pittsburgh Steelers’ All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown finally spoke publicly this weekend when he appeared with Lebron James on HBO, and also in a one-on-one interview on ESPN. The only problem with the comments he made were it left fans with more questions than any type of answer.

Antonio Brown takes on Steelers in lengthy ESPN interview

By: Joe Rutter, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

In the interview, the 30-year-old wide receiver:

• Criticized general manager Kevin Colbert, coach Mike Tomlin, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and even expressed displeasure with team president Art Rooney II.

• Repeated what he has expressed on social media: He wants a new contract from the team that trades for him.

• Played down the speeding ticket he received on McKnight Road in the North Hills for driving in excess of 100 mph.

• Accepted no share of the blame for his fractured relationship with the organization.

“I don’t take any blame,” Brown said. “I think I just took responsibility for my situation. I didn’t point the finger, I didn’t make no one look bad. I didn’t throw no stones at anyone.”

For the full article, click HERE

  • Throughout the interviews, it seemed as if Brown was trying to portray himself as a victim in the situation with the Steelers organization. Regardless of whether what he said was convincing or not, you can’t be surprised there was some media backlash with his public comments.

Mark Madden: Portraying Steelers’ Antonio Brown as a victim is laughable

By: Mark Madden, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

It’s absolutely laughable to hear Brown preach about the virtues of “team.” Brown lived at a house during training camp. The rest of the Steelers (including Roethlisberger) resided in the dorms at Saint Vincent College. Brown often missed meetings. He went AWOL three times during the season, including when he skipped out on Week 17.

Brown is all about his own brand and burnished it at the expense of the Steelers — yes, the “team” — for the last half-decade. He frequently set himself apart.

But Colbert used the term “kids,” and Brown made himself the victim.

He’s quite good at doing that. Brown has turned the national media in his favor as he prepares to exit Pittsburgh. He’s villainized Roethlisberger and the Steelers while christening himself the aggrieved party, doing so with precious little logic or evidence.

For the full article, click HERE

  • Staying with the Antonio Brown trend, when it comes to trade partners, the potential suitors for his services are all across the board. Granted, nothing is set in stone for fear of the NFL stepping in for tampering, but there are definitely people interested in Brown’s services in 2019.

Analysis: Trade interest in Antonio Brown all over the map

By: Tim Benz, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

At the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, the level of interest is all over the map.

Based on some quotes from head coaches and general managers gathered by the Trib’s Steelers beat writer Joe Rutter, who is in Indianapolis, and a few other outlets, here is a quick look at a few teams and their level of interest in trading for Mr. Big Chest.

Or at least what they want us to think.

For the full article, click HERE

  • The NFL Competition Committee has their hands full after a great playoffs turned sour with the blown call in the Saints vs. Rams game. Head coach of the Saints, Sean Payton, was happy with where the talks have been going within the committee, which he is a part of.

Sean Payton: Competition committee talks were great

By: Herbie Teope

The Saints head coach said the committee spent the meetings covering a range of subjects, including player safety, stadium and officials reports, meetings with the general manager subcommittee and NFLPA and, of course, the possible expansion of replay.

Payton, whose Saints were the victim of a controversial no-call on an obvious pass interference, appeared encouraged by the competition committee discussions before formal discussions on proposals are brought to the annual league meeting in late March.

”Man, I thought the dialogue this year was great,” Payton said. “Those were long days, obviously. We got in Sunday night, so Monday at 8 a.m. and I think when we go to the spring meetings, there will be more and more of this dialogue not just relative to replay, not just relative to officials, but player safety, things that we’re going to change.”

For the full article, click HERE