Just when you thought the Steelers drama was over, there was Terrell Edmunds, the second-year safety out of Virginia Tech, “liking” a Tweet from Antonio Brown that may or may not have been directed at quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
The Tweet was “Two face,” and Brown Tweeted this not long after some quotes from Bob Pompeani’s news-worthy interview with Roethlisberger were released to the public on Monday afternoon.
Monday night, when I was talking about this stuff with Bryan Anthony Davis on The Steelers Hangover, our weekly podcast, I wasn’t very happy about Brown’s Tweet; in fact, I took it as yet another slight at his former quarterback.
But then when I learned that Edmunds had “liked” the Tweet, I cringed. I mean, here we go again, right? However, since I want to like Edmunds, and since he seems like a really great young dude from a really awesome football family, I desperately wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt.
Then I started poring over comments from some BTSC readers and even people on Twitter who were of the opinion that Brown’s Tweet, which, let’s be honest, was like the majority of his Tweets—cryptic and incoherent—may not have actually been directed at Roethlisberger. I say that because, around that same time, Brown threw out a bunch of other Tweets that seemed to be directed at his agent or the IRS or whomever.
Again, though, the timing of Brown’s “Two face” Tweet seemed fishy relative to when Roethlisberger’s interview quotes started to pop up on social media. OK, I’ll give you that. But does that mean Edmunds knew this Tweet was directed at Roethlisberger? As someone who reads Facebook comments all the time, mainly from articles involving the Steelers and pop culture, I can tell you that many readers comment on headlines without even taking the time to read said articles. It’s a knee-jerk thing. They’re on their phones. They see something. They react.
I’d like to believe this is what Edmunds was doing on Monday. I’d like to believe he was just showing loyalty to someone he likely looks up to, someone he likely idolizes, a football hero from his childhood. After all, it wasn’t long ago that Edmunds, along with many current Steelers players, was spotted on some beach somewhere hanging out with Brown.
It was only yesterday that Brown was the Big Man on Campus in the Steelers locker room. As much of a cancer as he likely was, Brown was also someone that most people really wanted to like. In fact, many Steelers players—including those that sided with Roethlisberger when all the mess finally hit the fan right after the conclusion of the 2018 regular season—expressed how much they really admired Brown—the guy they all affectionately called “AB.”
As a fan, I admired Brown for quite some time. I really loved the guy. I damn-near worshiped his football skills. Just the other day, I was watching someone’s “My favorite Steelers moments of all time” YouTube video (likely a young person, since most of these moments were from the 21st century), and Brown starred in a good many of these moments. I gotta be honest, I was a bit remorseful. In that moment, I once again found myself really wanting to like Brown—or at least wanting to appreciate what he did for the Steelers during his time here.
Worst case scenario with Edmunds’ “like” of the "Two face* Tweet: he knew or thought Brown directed it at Roethlisberger, and he “liked” it anyway. Is this something that should haunt him for the rest of his career—or even the 2019 season? Should he feel the wrath of the fans and the media? Should he hear boos? Should he receive nasty comments on his social media accounts? This isn’t on the same level of Brown “liking” multiple Tweets about Roethlisberger’s old rape allegations. This isn’t on the same level as some of the things Rashard Mendenhall and Josh Harris have Tweeted about Roethlisberger in the recent past.
As I alluded to earlier, Edmunds appears to be of great character. Nothing you’ve seen from the guy since he’s been in Pittsburgh would suggest he’s a bad person. Maybe he just got caught up in siding with someone he thinks is a really good friend of his. Maybe he simply needs to get to know his Hall of Fame quarterback. Maybe his Hall of Fame quarterback needs to show some leadership and get to know his young safety.
Hopefully, all of the leaders in the Steelers locker room—Cam Heyward, Maurkice Pouncey, Ramon Foster, Roethlisberger, etc.—will take Edmunds aside and make him realize how damaging even the simplest Twitter “like” can be.
At any rate, I think Steelers fans should have some mercy on Terrell Edmunds. We all make mistakes, and as far as those go, Edmunds’ lapse in judgement was a fairly minor one.