By: Justin McGonigle
This week the NFL will see the return of Antonio Brown. Brown will join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as I’m sure you’ve heard. The Buccaneers keep saying they are taking a calculated risk and that Tom Brady will be able to keep Browns’ ego in check. Former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker, Ryan Shazier said not so fast.
Shazier spoke about Brown on his podcast with guest Kaelen Jones from the Ringer and co-host Cole Wright.
“He’s super about attention, man — on the field, off the field, ” Shazier said. : “The moment he makes it about himself,” Shazier predicted, “Tampa’s not going to go to the Super Bowl.”
That’s something that potentially held the Steelers back during Browns tenure in Pittsburgh. While he and former running back Le’Veon Bell were awesome weapons, something held the team back during those years.
Shazier continued to say that Brown blocked him on social media.
“I was like, ‘Man, I wish the best for AB, but whoever’s going to help the team, I want him here. If you don’t want to be here, best of luck to your endeavors,’” Shazier said referring back to an interview prior to Brown being traded. “And a few weeks later, I got blocked on Twitter. I got blocked on Instagram. Like, bro, I wished you good luck. I’m not showing no beef, not throwing no shade on you, but if you want friends who are going to tell you what you want to hear, that’s not me.”
Brown and Shazier were locker buddies and he said he believed they were friends during their time on the team together. But he gave some more insight into the selfish life style of Brown.
“To me, Antonio’s like a wishy-washy friend, bro,” Shazier said. “I don’t know if he’s bipolar and all that stuff, but like, one day me and him would be cool. Then, if you don’t say something he wants to hear, then he’s mad at you. Like, bro, I don’t have time to suck up to you and be your best friend. You don’t want to hear what I’ve got to say? I’m trying to tell you for your advice from my past experience, you know what I’m saying? And I just hope he doesn’t do that over there.”