“I’m glad they got rid of him, and I’m upset now that I know how he got away … [what] he was doing there,” the Hall of Fame quarterback told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “I wish the heck they would have gotten rid of him a long time ago.”
“I had no idea they catered to Brown as much as they supposedly did,” Bradshaw said, intimating that Brown got preferential treatment from the Steelers. “I can’t stand players like Antonio Brown.”
Brown forced a trade out of Pittsburgh this offseason, landing with the Oakland Raiders before being released from there and signing with the New England Patriots. In between, he dealt with frostbite on his feet, an extended problem with his helmet, a blowup with Oakland general manager Mike Mayock and two separate fines from the Raiders before he was released last Saturday.
“I cannot emphasize how I cannot stand and have a disdain totally for players like that,” said Bradshaw, a four-time Super Bowl winner with the Steelers. “I don’t want any part of them. I wouldn’t like them. They would hate me if they were on our team. They would hate me because I wouldn’t throw to him.
“I will not put up with that kind of behavior. You don’t win with it. Why haven’t we won more Super Bowls? There is talent, [but] it’s just guys like him. Let him go and his brand and whatever it is he’s doing.”
In nine seasons with the Steelers, Brown reached the 1,000-yard receiving mark seven times, including in each of his final six years in Pittsburgh.
“Winning football games is all about the team and all about players caring about one another and everybody pulling together, not pulling apart,” said Bradshaw, an NFL analyst for Fox. “You can’t have Antonio Brown for all the greatness that they are, do you want the baggage that goes with that crap? I wouldn’t.”
In addition to his on-field, offseason issues, Brown also is facing a civil lawsuit in which a woman says he sexually assaulted her on three occasions. Despite the suit, Brown has not been placed on the commissioner’s exempt list, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Friday.
Brown is still waiting to make his 2019 debut. He was not eligible to play for the Patriots in Week 1, and coach Bill Belichick has not revealed whether the wideout will play Sunday against Brown’s hometown Miami Dolphins.
Asked Bradshaw: “What’s the over/under of him lasting in New England?”