While wide receiver Antonio Brown is no longer a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers, it’s still fun to follow his exploits now that he’s with the Oakland Raiders. Brown, who was traded to the Raiders in March in exchange for a third and fifth-round selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, is continuing to show on social media one of the several reasons why he was dealt.
Brown’s latest bizarre social media post came Thursday morning and was directed at former Steelers safety Ryan Clark, who is now an NFL analyst with ESPN and it essentially included him threatening his former teammate. Brown responded to a tweet from Clark to a person that included the wide receiver’s name with a presumed threat of producing bodily harm to the former NFL safety.
“Bro stop mentioning my name I know it get u clout keep that same analysis energy next time we meet it’s on site ain’t gone spare u,” Brown tweeted to Clark.
Brown’s assumed threat directed at Clark was quickly replied to.
“Was never looking to be spared and you know that!!! Look forward to it. I ain’t hard to find. Shoot, you have a jet!!” Clark replied to Brown.
Brown later tweeted this out:
Brown threatening people isn’t something new, however, as he also threatened to break the jaw of ESPN senior writer Jesse Washington because of a story he had written about the playmaker last September. That threat also came via a tweet to Washington from Brown.
“wait to I see you bro we gone see what your jaw like.” Brown wrote in an eventually deleted tweet.
Brown later issued a public apology for threatening Washington.
“I made a mistake in judgment with my tweet last week, and I apologize for that,” the statement from Brown to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said. “It is not OK to threaten anyone, and I need to be better spiritually and professionally. Though I do not agree with the negative parts of the story about my personal life, I need to have better control over my actions to use social media as a way to engage with my fans, rather than use it improperly.”
One must now wonder how Brown’s Thursday tweet to Clark will sit with the NFL. Does it violate the league’s personal conduct policy? Below is a paragraph from that policy:
Conduct by anyone in the league that is illegal, violent, dangerous, or irresponsible puts innocent victims at risk, damages the reputation of others in the game, and undercuts public respect and support for the NFL. We must endeavor at all times to be people of high character; we must show respect for others inside and outside our workplace; and we must strive to conduct ourselves in ways that favorably reflect on ourselves, our teams, the communities we represent, and the NFL.
Could Brown’s tweet on Thursday be deemed as a second-time violation of the NFL’s personal conduct policy? We’ll have to wait and see. Regardless, Brown should know better than to do as such and especially after his previous tweet threat last September.
In the meantime, you can bet that the beef between Clark and Brown is likely to continue. Clark has had quite a bit to say about Brown dating back to the end of the 2018 regular season and the two certainly didn’t seem to be too found of each other when they were teammates in Pittsburgh.
Brown is obviously now the Raiders problem moving forward and with that, one must wonder if Oakland general manager Mike Mayock and head coach Jon Gruden both somewhat regret trading for Brown last month and instantly making him the highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL once again.