Mark Madden

Mark Madden

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It started as a whisper. But the volume is increasing.

Was Antonio Brown OK to play yesterday? Did Brown sit out the victory over Cincinnati because of a minor knee injury, or because his ego was bruised by fellow wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster being voted Steelers MVP? Did Brown pull the chute because he feels underappreciated by his teammates?

That’s what I’m hearing. That’s what a lot of people are saying. Brown could have played through the hurt with minimal risk, but declined.

Brown is a Hall of Fame WR. He’s the best at that position in Steelers history.

But you don’t win with players who are more concerned about their own “brand” than they are the team. (Smith-Schuster parks his car in the same lot.)

Here’s Brown’s 2018 season in a nutshell:

When the Steelers blew a 16-point lead and lost to the Los Angeles Chargers Dec. 2, Brown addressed the media with a smile, taking to the podium with a bunch of his kids. That’s because Brown had 10 catches for 154 yards.

When the Steelers finally beat the boogeyman and slayed New England Dec. 16, Brown tried to sneak out without talking to the media. That’s because Brown had four catches for 49 yards.

Brown doesn’t care about winning. He just wants to get his.

Brown is a selfish narcissist, and skipping a game because he’s pouting about a perceived slight is par for his course. #NoRingMafia

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