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Antonio Brown not ‘angry’ with Steelers, still wants to be traded

Antonio Brown insists he’s not “angry” with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but indicates in an upcoming interview that it’s in the best interest of all involved parties that he be traded.

There obviously has been no shortage of animosity between Brown and the Steelers since the disgruntled wide receiver was unceremoniously benched for the team’s season finale. The incident exposed a disconnect between Brown and the team, a breakdown that seemingly has been going on far longer than believed.

The tease of the interview, set to air this coming weekend on ESPN, highlights how comments out of Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert leaves Brown feeling vindicated regarding his recent unflattering comments about Ben Roethlisberger.

Colbert recently characterized Roethlisberger as having “52 kids under him, quite honestly” on the roster. Brown believes that says it all about the team’s dysfunctional player hierarchy, despite Colbert’s attempts to later clarify his remarks.

Brown indicates in the interview that the kind of comments made by Colbert fracture the team concept, something that seemingly played a significant role in his desire to leave the Steelers.

“Of course he tried to clarify because, you know, he stated the truth and he’s going to backpedal on his words,” Brown added. “But what grown man is calling another grown man a kid? ‘Fifty-two kids.’ Like, you don’t have no respect for these guys? Like, these are the guys that go to work for you. And that’s what I’m telling you guys … that’s my issue. You know what I’m saying? It’s all about respect.

“… Things [are] not getting better. They’re not changing. You know what I mean? He just stated it. There’s 52 kids and it’s this guy [Roethlisberger]. Bro, it’s one team. … So that’s what it is, man. Just understanding truths.”

To no surprise in light of everything that has transpired, Brown and the Steelers have agreed it’s best to part ways. It remains to be seen whether the Steelers will net the kind of haul the team hopes to receive in a Brown trade. It may come down to accepting less than projected market value, as it’s clear Brown and the Steelers have reached a point of no return.