One of the biggest storylines so far during the NFL offseason has been the drama between Antonio Brown and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The drama dates all the way back to last year, when Brown was a member of the Steelers, and publicly voiced his disapproval of star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
It all started when Roethlisberger didn’t throw the ball to Brown, who was wide open for a touchdown early in the year against Baltimore.
Brown then threw a temper tantrum on the sideline and called out the quarterback in the media after the game.
A few weeks later, the Steelers had a good chance to come back and win the game against the Denver Broncos, but Roethlisberger threw an interception in the end zone to ice the game, sealing another loss.
What did Roethlisberger do after the loss?
Yes, you guessed it – he called out Antonio Brown in the media, stating that Brown ran the wrong route and the interception was actually his fault.
Surprisingly, Brown handled the criticism very well and accepted the blame.
Roethlisberger and Brown later came out and said there was no animosity or beef between the two of them, essentially putting an end to the rumors of drama in the Steelers’ locker room.
But after missing the playoffs, Brown came out and demanded that he be traded, claiming he felt underappreciated by the team.
A couple weeks later, the Steelers fulfilled Brown’s wishes and sent him packing to the Oakland Raiders.
After the trade, you might think the drama in Pittsburgh was finally over.
You’d be wrong.
Earlier this week, fellow wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster was named the Steelers’ 2018 MVP by the team.
However, Brown took offense to this, as he thought he was the team’s MVP.
He took to Twitter and called out Smith-Schuster for his costly fumble in Week 16 that ultimately cost the Steelers a spot in the playoffs, saying the team MVP would never do that.
So, what does this mean for the Oakland Raiders?
To be frank – it’s not good.
Since being traded to Oakland, Brown has been nothing but a problem and a distraction.
And in case you forgot, Oakland was one of the worst teams in the entire league last season, so they don’t need any more distractions.
Brown is proving all of his critics – who say he isn’t a team player and has too big an ego – correct.
He is showing that he is very selfish and only cares about his own statistics and awards.
If Oakland wants to turn things around from last season, it’s time for Head Coach Jon Gruden to step in and tell Brown to shut his mouth and quit being a distraction.
After trading Brown, many thought the Steelers would be much worse next season and miss the playoffs.
But to be honest, the Steelers are better off without him.
Sure, Brown has been one of the best wide receivers in the NFL during his time with Pittsburgh, but he has been such a distraction inside their locker room, and his lack of Super Bowl rings attests to that.
Brown has since come out and vowed to stay quiet about the Steelers and only focus on his own team.
Hopefully for the Raiders, he is serious.
But if not, then the Raiders can look forward to another abysmal record and another non-competitive season next year.