Dunlap: Calling Art II An “Enabler” Is Ridiculous

Antonio Brown is so far gone he wouldn’t have listened to anyone. 

Colin Dunlap
February 19, 2019 - 2:00 pm

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This Antonio Brown saga has been attacked from many different ways; there have been more bends than a Sewickley yoga class.

And now it is (apparently) nearing an end as (apparently) Antonio Brown and his people met with Art Rooney II and his people on Tuesday morning and (apparently) a trade is forthcoming. 

The meeting was reportedly amicable.

It wasn’t contentious. 

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Heck, it even ended with AB and Art II posing for a photo together that was --- predictably --- splashed all over social media in a matter of minutes. 

And so it is, AB is about to be an ex-Pittsburgh Steelers receiver as the team will look to grab whatever they can in trade value and wash their hands of the man who went from someone everyone in town loved to a guy who is acting as erratic as just about any athlete I can remember. 

For me, that’s the whole story here --- the “how did we get here?” part of the story. 

There are far too many people, in my estimation at least, who want to make Art Rooney II and/or Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin complicit is the transformation of Antonio Brown from a-little-tough-to-deal-with-but-harmless to full blown diva.

You see, I even read a column in Tuesday’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that held on to that antiquated notion that perhaps this stuff wouldn’t have gone on if Art II’s father, the esteemed Dan Rooney, were still alive. 

Give me a break. Antonio Brown is so far gone he wouldn’t have listened to anyone. 

Also, as a reminder … James Harrison acted up when Dan Rooney was very much alive. 

Ben Roethlisberger had his transgressions in Reno and Milledgeville when Mr. Rooney was very much alive. 

And a quick check of the timeline of events shows that Dan Rooney was very much alive when Antonio Brown decided to go Facebook Live in the Steelers locker room. 

As Antonio Brown has become more bizarre by the day, too many fans and media are trying too hard.

They are looking for a scapegoat. It is as if they think a receiver acting entitled a few years ago or dancing in the end zone a couple seasons ago before it was permitted by the league was some gateway drug that led to a full-blown epidemic that is AB’s behavior right now. 

Again, get out of here with that. It is pure and utter nonsense. Just because Tomlin and/or Rooney II gave a star player a little bit more leash than teammates in the past, doesn’t mean Brown should have taken it this far.

It was always incumbent upon Brown to know the limits and self-regulate something he obviously has an enormous problem with. 

We hear the word “accountability” in sports quite a bit. So stop trying to connect dots that aren’t there and, in this case, look at some accountability. 

Antonio Brown is a 30-year old man, he isn’t some rookie or youngster who is still wide eyed because he finally has some money or just made his way into the NFL. He played his first game in the NFL in 2010. 

So as Antonio Brown looks to have played his final game in Pittsburgh and his behavior grows increasingly bizarre, how about we do this for a change: How about we stop looking for tentacles. How about we stop looking for multiple culprits?

How about we stop trying to place blame anywhere other than where it belongs?

You know where it belongs, right? It belongs squarely and only on Antonio Brown. A man who the Pittsburgh Steelers seemingly gave all he wanted and still couldn’t find a way to be happy.

And a man who consistently acts petulant and like everyone is out to get him. 

AB, quite simply, is his own enabler. 

No one helped him get to this place. 

No one needed to. ​

 

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