A simple, mistimed video has now put Antonio Brown in the position where he has to defend his character.
Amid reports that the Pittsburgh Steelers' wide receiver pouted when coming off the field in the red zone against thein the AFC Championship game, he is vehemently denying that he is more focused on personal production than the team.
"If you don’t read the news, you’re uninformed. If you read the news, you’re misinformed," Brown told Charles Curtis from ForTheWin on Thursday. "Being in the position I'm in, people love to get out more information, and it’s not even about if the information is true. It’s about who will be the first to get it out."
What upses Brown more is the fact that he believes the media are attempting to push the idea that he is a selfish player, without getting their facts straight to begin with.
"People love to make stories they know people will listen to and that can become a distraction," said Brown. "You guys carry a responsibility to tell the truth. I’ll hope for some good stories and not just stories from anonymous sources that say I don’t celebrate when my teammates score and I pout.
"That's not the case, it's never been the case, I've always been a team player. Do I want the ball? Yeah. Every day, I want the ball. You should want to be the reason you win. I have never pouted or not been engaged."
While Brown denies any wrongdoing, he didn't deny he had agreed to a marketing deal with Facebook prior to his locker room broadcast, claiming "it's top secret."
Source: ForTheWin · Photo Credit: Images Courtesy of Keystone Press