How Antonio Brown reacted to Steelers owner's trade comments

The ongoing Antonio Brown saga in Pittsburgh has fans and analysts speculating over potential trade destinations – but the general consensus seemed to be that the financial implications of cutting ties with Brown should ensure that he remains a Steeler. According to team owner Art Rooney II, that may not be the case.
Rooney addressed the Brown situation on Thursday, and told reporters that it’s “hard to envision” seeing Brown in Steelers training camp later this year.

BREAKING: Steelers president Art Rooney II said he s not going to release Antonio Brown, but “all other options are on the table.” He would not say Steelers are going to trade their All-Pro receiver, but left no doubt that is a strong possibility. Story coming soon on PG site.
— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) January 10, 2019

Via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
“That’s one of the questions we have to answer — whether we can get to a point where we all feel good about him being on the roster next year,” Rooney said. “We have a way to go before we feel good about that.”
Asked if it would be hard or easy to envision Brown being at training camp in Latrobe, Rooney said, “As we sit here today, it’s hard to envision that. But there’s no sense on closing the door on anything today. There’s snow on the ground. We don’t have to make those decisions right now.”
Shortly after Rooney’s comments went viral on Twitter, Brown posted a photo of himself with the Steelers owner along with the caption “Good Business.”

Good Business #Boomin pic.twitter.com/LQPrBuuYPR
— Antonio Brown (@AB84) January 10, 2019

Brown skipped Steelers exit interviews after the conclusion of the regular season and has not spoken about the situation – but has instead used social media to react, and at times, drive the story in a new direction. Let’s take a look at what Brown has been saying on Twitter and Instagram over the last two weeks.
January 1st: After an explosive Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report revealed that Brown skipped meetings and practices leading up to Week 17, Brown had an interesting exchange with 49ers tight end George Kittle.

https://t.co/pA9fiuEX0f
— Antonio Brown (@AB84) January 1, 2019

January 2nd: Coach Mike Tomlin publicly addressed the Brown situation for the first time in a press conference. While Tomlin was talking with reporters, Brown posted a quote to Twitter.

Happy New Year. Be great. pic.twitter.com/QLna1LRncL
— Antonio Brown (@AB84) January 2, 2019

Later that day, Brown appeared in an Instagram story with former Steelers star James Harrison, who promised an “exclusive interview” with Brown. Harrison never shared the interview.

During Mike Tomlin's press conference, James Harrison and Antonio Brown were together and posted this video on Instagram. Brown says to stay tuned for a "big interview."pic.twitter.com/YPset88IyF
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) January 2, 2019

On the same day, Brown responded to criticism from former teammate Ryan Clark, who said on ESPN that the Steelers need to trade Brown.

Antonio Brown called Ryan Clark "Uncle Tom" after Ryan Clark said the #Steelers were "creating a monster by giving him a big contract." pic.twitter.com/mz1leCwiNA
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) January 2, 2019

January 5th: After Peter King said that he changed his All-Pro vote because he could no longer vote for Brown “in good conscience,” Brown responded on Twitter. Brown did not make an All-Pro team this season despite leading the league in receiving touchdowns.

System where you have no leverage https://t.co/Uhu4GTt4cl
— Antonio Brown (@AB84) January 5, 2019

they give all these people power without no substance or no clue about anything just so they can flex some power or feel empowered by their opinion! no title can define me no man own me; only God!! Funny how they missed your great season as well just went unmentioned right smh https://t.co/cA1AMZRSbD
— Antonio Brown (@AB84) January 5, 2019

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