Brown and Arians were together in Pittsburgh for the 2010 and '11 seasons, with the latter serving as the team's offensive coordinator. Amid the Brown trade rumors, Arians said on the The Adam Schefter Podcast (via ESPN.com) that there's "too much diva," with the Pro Bowl wideout.
After hearing the comments, Brown responded to Arians and also took a jab at former Pittsburgh teammate, Emmanuel Sanders.
He didn’t draft me he drafted @ESanders_10 same guy who missed rehab to go on networks to talk about me on situation he have zero clue! Arians now wears kangoo hats n glasses 😂 but ima diva! Done seen it all then they say we friends stop lien https://t.co/jALXyhQMAw— Antonio Brown (@AB84) January 16, 2019
That prompted this response from Sanders:
Nah bro, I don’t clout chase. I’m too real for that. I was a analyst last year on NFL network as well during the playoffs. Preparing for post football. RT @aaronmunozz: @ESanders_10 @mikefreemanNFL @AB84 Sanders know damn well they called him because they wanted an opinion on AB— Emmanuel Sanders (@ESanders_10) January 16, 2019
And so, the 30-year-old Brown adds more drama by sending verbal jabs at his former offensive coordinator and popular teammate in the Steel City. Perhaps Brown doesn't have too many fond memories of playing with Sanders, even though the two helped Pittsburgh reach Super Bowl XLV against the Green Bay Packers.
The prideful Steelers organization has had to deal with plenty of drama since September. It all started when Pro Bowl running back Le'Veon Bell failed to show up for the start of the season, following a contract dispute with the Steelers. Bell teased about returning at some point, but he wound up sitting out the whole year instead.
After Bell, the Steelers had to start dealing with Brown's dissatisfaction and antics. From yelling at coaches to threatening media members to personally attacking old teammates, it's safe to say the Steelers have had enough with Brown.
Team president Art Rooney II already acknowledged that it's unlikely the Steelers will bring back Brown, who was benched for the team's Week 17 game after a heated practice with Ben Roethlisberger. Brown didn't return phone calls and skipped team meetings and practices, all but ensuring his departure from the Steel City this offseason.
What This Means
Brown is going to have to be careful with what he posts on social media. There will be a trade market for him this offseason, but some teams may not want to add a player who keeps piling on unnecessary drama.