Gallant: Seahawks shouldn’t sign Antonio Brown because there’s no chance he’ll change
A couple of weeks ago (or months, maybe years, who knows I’ve lost track of time), I read a report saying that Seahawks QB Russell Wilson might be interested in acquiring former Steelers, Raiders, and Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown.
I paused for a moment. Every episode of the Antonio Brown show – a tiresome, too-many-episode edition of reality TV – flashed through my brain with this music in the background. And words erupted out of my extremely loud mouth.
“Are you (insert whatever words your imagination desires) kidding me?”
Then I calmed down. Russell Wilson isn’t the Seahawks general manager. And then I chuckled.
“Bless his heart,” I told myself with a Texan accent. “He actually thinks he can change Antonio!”
The story faded away. And with Brown still under investigation for sexual assault, I assumed seeing him in a Seahawks uniform was no longer a possibility. Even if he’s not punished, there’s a good chance he’d be facing a league suspension for the mere allegation or pleading no-contest to a felony burglary with battery charge.
A month later, another story linked Antonio Brown to Seattle. Per Mike Silver, the Seahawks are having internal discussions about bringing Brown into the fold. On top of that, they’re still considering giving Josh Gordon another chance.
Antonio Brown is one of the most talented wide receivers that I’ve ever seen play. And there are few wideouts who can even compare to Josh Gordon’s freakish size and athleticism. Unfortunately, you can’t trust either of them. If it were up to me, I’d pass on both, no matter how I felt about Seattle’s receivers after Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf.
But if I was forced to pick between the two, I’m picking Josh Gordon. Because even with all the chances that he’s blown, there’s only one thing I’m concerned about with Gordon: his issues with substance abuse.
With Brown? With this track record, who knows what nonsense could be next?
Totally unrelated to football
• Threatening a reporter for writing a critical article about him
• Tossing furniture out of his apartment window, nearly hitting a toddler
• Driving over 100 MPH on a suburban highway
• Several domestic incidents, one of which he streamed live on Instagram
• An NSFW music video for a rap song that is just him repeating the phase “I gotta whole lotta money”
• A doctor sued him for unpaid fees
• An allegation of sexual misconduct, which led to Brown sending the alleged victim intimidating texts
• The aforementioned sexual assault allegation
• The aforementioned no contest plea to felony burglary with battery charge
In the locker room
• Broadcast his team’s celebration of a playoff victory despite his teammates requests to keep a low profile on social media
• Skipped practices leading up to a Week 17 must-win game to make the playoffs in 2018, and was benched
• Demanded a trade from Pittsburgh less than two years after signing a massive extension
• Got frostbite on his feet after not wearing proper footwear to a cryotherapy session
• Refused to practice after the NFL banned his helmet
• Missed several practices in Oakland, resulting in fines
• Reached out to social media consultants for advice on how to expedite his release
• Confronted Raiders general manager Mike Mayock in an altercation that nearly turned physical
• Apologized with a 20-second statement, then demanded his release the next day
As a teammate
• Got angry after A PRACTICE for a lack of targets in 2015
• Pouted after his teammate DeAngelo Williams scored Pittsburgh’s first TD of the 2017 AFC Championship game
• Threw a Gatorade cooler during a game in 2017 after a play in which he was open and didn’t get the ball
• Got angry at an assistant coach, sulked after a Ben Roethlisberger TD run, and was angry about his involvement in the offense all in one 2018 game against the Chiefs in which he was targeted 17 times
Man, what a guy.
The idea that Brown can change – or be changed, for that matter – is laughable. No matter Russell Wilson or Pete Carroll’s intentions, why would they succeed where a player-friendly head coach like the Steelers’ Mike Tomlin failed? What’s the point when someone like the Raiders’ Jon Gruden gave him all the benefit of the doubt? He couldn’t even make it work with the Patriots, where Tom Brady invited him into his home.
I believe that some people deserve second chances. Others deserve even more than that. Brown deserves nothing. He’s all about himself and could be a cancerous addition to Seattle’s locker room.