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Sports journalist Stephen A. Smith didn't bite his tongue while discussing NFL Diva Antonio Brown on ESPN on Monday.

When asked what he makes of Brown joining the New England Patriots, Smith responded, "What I make of it is that he's a disgrace. There's no way to slice that. I can't excuse the kind of behavior that he has exhibited. It's absolutely positively embarrassing."

Smith went on to say Brown should be ashamed of himself and his family and friends should be ashamed of him.

"Nobody should condone this kind of behavior," he added. "Because when you look at it, you can talk about whether it was orchestrated or not or whatever, it makes absolutely no sense whatsoever."

Brown, 31, reportedly forced his way out of the Pittsburgh Steelers organization only to be picked up by the Oakland Raiders.

While still in training camp, Brown threw one diva tantrum after another until the Raiders showed him the door on Saturday.

According to published reports, Brown's exit from the Raiders was orchestrated so he could sign with the Patriots for a one-year deal worth $15 million. That's $15 million less than he would have earned if he'd behaved himself with the Raiders.
 

  • WutizstillHERE!

    Your POTUS strikes again by accidentally tweeting his usual childish attack tweets to a PASTOR which by the way congregation once supported him...lets see how this plays out..

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-accidentally-tweeted-an-insult-at-a-pastor-heres-how-the-pastor-responded/ar-AAH2ONq?li=BBnbfcL&ocid=iehp

  • Facts and Receipts

    I kind of dont agree with it either. There are ways to get what you want out of a sports org without all that messiness and antics and bad comments etc. AND BEFORE FOLKS SAY WELL KAP did XYZ....It wasnt like this dude had any kind of a message. Other than ass-hole-dom.

  • Gloria

    Don’t even follow racist ass NFL but dude definitely seems a little touched to act totally unprofessional just to get a pay cut, to play alongside cheating ass Tom Brady. He thinks he won but he just took a major L. Does he have any guidance or mentors?

  • Virgoqween

    Its actually not a pay cut. The 30 mil guarantee is over 2 years. He got 15 mil with NE its the same.

  • SpiceGirl
  • Russiancreme

    He played it right. Cus after that second fine his guarantee w the Raiders was over. He asked to be released, they obliged, and NE scooped him. Something wasn't right from jump w his relationship with the Raiders cus I do believe the blistered feet thing was a ploy to no practice w the team.

  • Dowoop

    Athletes these days are just different. A few years ago it was pretty unheard of them doing this or giving ultimatums to the GM's to trade them.

  • Virgoqween

    Because things werent wildly spread like they are now.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    And they have an option for the second year for $20 million. So if they pick up that option, he'll make $35 mill over 2 years.
    Otherwise, he can go to another team and get at least a 3 yr/ $45 million contract. Either way, he's winning, so no need to worry about him.

  • Virgoqween

    Also they didn't HAVE to release him. They coulda suspended him for conduct detrimental to the team and not had to pay him the guaranteed money then cut him next year if they wanted. Even if it was a plan they aint have to let it work.

  • Nina Ross

    Well he couldn’t quit, so his only option was to be fired in order to become a free agent?????

  • Alextra Ballard

    I really don’t care for Stephen A Smith,however I am in agreement with what he said

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    That pastor let him Have IT!

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I don't like how he did what he did, but he wants a title. He has lots of money, now he wants a championship and the Patriots give him the best chance to do that. He collects $15 million this year, and he can collect $20 million next year. I don't see that as taking an L... especially if he ends up winning a ring this season.

  • WhoKnew

    I'm beginning to think he's faking mental illness to avoid jail prison when he loses the election next year. IJS. Anything is possible with these childish antics and shenanigans that are day in and day out.

  • Nina Ross

    He had to get fired, that’s the only way for them to get out of these slave contracts

  • Facts and Receipts

    How about not signing one to start with? He had his chance when he forced his way out of the FIRST team--the Steelers. Should have negotiated better THEN

  • WhoKnew

    Hmmm. I guess I must have misread the announcement. I thought I read that he was getting a one year one million dollar contract with a $9 million signing bonus.

    In any case, I think he was doing a bit much running out the house and having someone record him, which indicates he already knew what the deal was and it was kind of childish and immature. Just act like a man.

  • iWasteTime

    if Stephen A is ranting and raving then I know Antonio did the right thing.
    He has the same pay, and a 90% chance of getting a Super Bowl ring.

  • WhoKnew

    Yeah, but as one commentator said yesterday, this sets a dangerous precedent for players who want out of their contracts and will follow the same unprofessional shenanigans to get out of their contracts.

  • Sandyb1117

    It just amazes how people will come from nothing and behave like this. You can lose your blessings in a heartbeat. He will learn the hard way.

  • WhoKnew

    "and a 90% chance of getting a Super Bowl ring"
    _______________________________________

    With cheating Tom Brady? To this day no one can convince me that he is not a cheater and he should have been banned from football for deflate-gate or at a minimum the super bowl win should have been nullified.

  • Gloria

    Those are just possibilities. If you look at the facts, he left a 50 million contract for a 15 million contract. its only a year contract because even the patriots are skeptical of dude. Idk how many passes he can get of calling his superiors “crackers.” Keep in mind that they got rid of Kap just for bending his damn knee lol. If he keeps up with unprofessional antics, his time with the NFL is limited

  • WhoKnew

    I think because of the way he rolls i.e. Steelers, Raiders, etc. that he will not be successful in New England. But we'll see.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    It's up to $15 mill this year, including the $9 million signing bonus and certain incentives. And the Patriots have an option on the second year, if they choose to exercise it. If they do, they have to pay him $20 million.

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    For real...That whole team is a favorite of the NFL that's why they let it go...

  • WhoKnew

    Oh okay. I just don't get good vibes about his success with the Patriots because of how this was handled.

  • WhoKnew

    Which speaks to the lack of integrity in the NFL and with the owners.

  • SaltineCrackers

    Whatever Stephen A....could Antonio have handled things differently? Probably, but you have people like fat a$$ Ben Roethlisberger who has been accused of rape multiple times and I haven't heard of him being referred to the way AB is being referred to. If he was white he would be considered a damn genious.

  • Carrington

    I've been trying to folla Toni's hairdo for a few years. It's almost as confusing as that boy AJ from BET used to be. What's the end game here? Dreads, fade, Mohawk... man bun... I need clarity so I'll know how to properly compartmentalize my judgment.

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    I agree with Stephen...Antonio boguarded and threw a damn tantrum when he didn't get what he wanted...this is a bad example for new comers in the league who think they may be able to get away with doing the same thing only to find themselves replaced or dropped by their team....The NFL will not let this slide one bit...AB done messed it up for any player who wants out from this point on...

  • Scromes1212

    All the dudes in the Nfl thats beating women and doing drugs and getting caught out in public drunk acting out but AB is a disgrace lol thats comical. The dude dont drink or smoke, from all accounts is a good father. Takes care of his entire family and works harder then everybody, but he a disgrace cause he called the GM a craker lol ok

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I can't stand the Patriots. I'm rooting for the Chiefs to beat them and get to the SuperBowl anyway.

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    It not about pay its about actions...AB's actions will effect other players down the line when his ass retires or gets dropped...New England's gonna drop his ass too...thats the original "Cracker" NFL team Honey... they aint gonna take none of his crazy diva antics...

  • SpiceGirl
  • Carrington

    What would the GM be if he had called Antonio a n*gger or a thug though?

  • WhoKnew

    As one commentator said yesterday, this sets a dangerous precedent for players who want out of their contracts and will follow the same unprofessional shenanigans to get out of their contracts.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    People are talking about how he's dumb for "leaving money on the table". The man has made $80 million in career earnings so far, and will probably make another $30-40 million before his career is over. People should understand, he ain't worried about this. He's already set for life.

  • Scromes1212

    Racist lol and he would lose his job just like AB did

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    I agree..Just because AB is black doesn't mean he has a right to call the GM a cracker...Lebron fans went nuts when he left Cleveland the first time and Dan Gilbert put that article in the paper that basically reduced Lebron to a Clydesdale Show Horse...We were outraged at that show of racism by an Owner and we have to treat this the same way...what AB did was wrong as hell and its sets a bad tone...

  • KarmaBackAround

    I stand with stephen a. AB was a pest in oakland... i never in my life seen such a fiasco.. oh but trust, his bad mojo will go right with him to the Patriots. Tom brady aint having it..they wil bench ab ass before they let him make Tom feel ANY kind of way..believe that!

  • Scromes1212

    Look up what happened to Cooper in Philly when they had him on tape calling people n#ggers a a country music show. Didnt lose his job or even get suspended. Came back and apologized to the team all was well. Then the GM turned right around and lied on Desean Jackson and said he was in a gang to drop his trade value. Yall are delusional smh NFL does so much under handed stuff its crazy

  • Jethro

    "behaved himself", huh? Sounds exactly like something tRump would say when referencing a grown ass Black man. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1d193a6e52db3e083d4c498d994bd59aef6f0210e885a2d315ae0c3cbd7a1656.gif

    Money isn't everything, especially when talking 2-digit millions.

  • Carrington

    EVERYBODY does underhanded $hit. Didn't we have a fit just because Jerry Jones supports Donald Trump. It's not delusional to call out bull$hit from BOTH ends. It's bull$hit to dismiss it when it comes from us and then join the "cancel culture" when they do.

    The same thoughts you have about white people who are unphased by Donald Trump's racism are the same thoughts people have when you, "so what!" that SAME behavior when it comes from another black person.

  • SaltineCrackers

    Is anyone friends with Leola Brown on Facebook? What is she saying about Bobby now?

  • Scromes1212

    I didnt say so what about anything he did. My point was dont act like him saying craker shouldnt get forgivien the same way it was done for Cooper in Philly or the same way they do it for players that beat there wives and do drugs and abuse liquor. And im talking about the NFL and contract disputes. He did what he did cause it was his only way out and it worked now he is happy and in a better situation. The NFL makes up stories and does under handed stuff like leaking medical records when they want to manipulate contract negotiations

  • BlackNicheRims

    Go Patriots! I'm glad he was signed. No issue at all, with how he handled it, either. He is a grown man and can make his own decisions. He'd better not mess up or his azz will be on the sidewalk like they did Ochocinco. According to Chad ". "For me, it took me time to get used to a new book after being a decade somewhere else. So you get thrown into the fire and Tom and Bill command perfection right away." https://media3.giphy.com/media/dxCKVfoUXQK3TAHPQm/giphy.gif

  • taurus_32

    We can only pray the Patriots will not make it to the Super Bowl. They shouldn’t have made it last season ??

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I think what he did was grimy, and the Patriots are a grimy team anyway, so I can never root for them. I'm hoping the Chiefs beat out the Patriots to get to the Superbowl, and I'm hoping the Saints win it all.

  • taurus_32

    You should do more research on AB, in January he was under investigation for hitting his girlfriend, last year he disowned his son because the son took up for his mother. He was also under investigation for throwing things off a balcony. He didn’t want to pay his cousin who was his chef at the time and he didn’t want to pay his uncle who was his long time personal trainer. AB is a train wreck and everyone knows, he’s just putting on this facade to satisfy his sponsors. He can’t afford to lose those endorsements.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Luckiest team I've ever seen. Seahawks should have beaten them in Superbowl 49 , but choked. And the Falcons should have won SB 51, but choked against them too. That's at least 2 rings Tom Brady got because of other teams not sealing the deal when they had the chance. I'm just glad the Giants were able to beat them the two times they had their chance.

  • wigmon68

    "In August of 2009, the Pittsburgh Gazette, published details as part of a
    motion filed by two of the other defendants named in the suit. In the
    affidavit, a former co-worker of McNulty claimed that the McNulty had
    bragged to her about having consensual sex with Roethlisberger.
    According to the affidavit, the co-worker also claimed that McNulty had
    revealed her hopes of getting pregnant with the star quarterback and
    expressed her willingness to travel to Pittsburgh to “run into”
    Roethlisberger. As a result of this affidavit and the lack of evidence
    filed against the quarterback, the charges were invariably dropped."

    In the other charge:

    "According to Blash's case summary (police officer who first talked to the accuser), "he asked [the alleged victim] if Roethlisberger had raped her and she stated, 'No, I did not know what was going on,' because she was intoxicated so much."

    The summary said, "Blash indicated that he asked the victim, 'Did he rape you?', and the victim stated 'no.' Blash asked the victim if they had sex, and she responded by saying, 'Well, I'm not sure.' " She was taken to a hospital where a rape kit was done, but there was not enough genetic material present to identify anyone. Rothlisberger talked to an officer before she went to the hospital and said he didn't have sex with her.

    Ben was a partier in his younger days, no question about that, but there was no evidence of rape/assault in either case.

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    Please stop with the deflection...you always do that shit when you make a point... You always say "well so and so did this" which does not excuse the present behavior...you must be a man with the amount of deflection you do on here....

  • speakinmymind

    @WhoKnew, you are correct. It's potentially up to $15 million for a year, not $15 million flat. Belichik don't play the radio and one stunt will sideline and/or result in a firing for AB.

  • taurus_32

    I forgot about Kansas City defense ?

  • Lea

    Antonio Brown and a little whiny booger but he can play ball. Hope all works out for him...

  • Joy King

    This man must be magical on the football field because these racist billionaire NFL owners don’t give a damn about these players. They have no qualms about sending them to early retirement. For him to immediately get signed again after the stunts he pulled, Antonio Brown must know how to win championships.

  • Jussjess25

    Im confused what did he do wrong?

  • Wildcat34

    What exactly is the problem? I see a well thought out strategy. Although, he signed for 15 million yes, the rewards will be greater long term.

  • Desi

    Antonio said fuck that!! If I'm gonna be a running slave for the billionaire white man, it might as well be on a championship team

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    I am fully aware of what Riley Cooper dumb ass did in my city...Riley also didn't have charges pending to domestic violence and other mishaps with the law...it still does not take away from you always deflecting...just because one person does it doesn't mean another should...try the case in front of you instead of just passing the buck...

  • Chapter29Chick

    Steven A Smith stays commenting negatively on people. I think he even said some things about Lebron. Can he make plays and runs as much as he runs his mouth. NO!!!! He is very rude and self imposed imo.

  • Darkandlovely617?
  • Darkandlovely617?

    Hey there ?????

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    The Steelers should have gotten more for AB. Now their receiving corps is depleted and they have no real playmakers at wide receiver, which is why they stunk it up Sunday night.

  • Chaseboogie The Prince

    Reminds me of Terrell Owens when he was hot. When things cooled off, he was begging for a job. Be humble people, the hype, and fan fare only lasts for a couple of years, and even shorter if you get injured.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I don't care for the man's personality, but he's a Hall of Fame talent, for sure. As long as you can produce on the field like he does, somebody will sign you.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    His stats show he's a winner, but he better not get hurt or too cocky. Or this may be his last dance.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I agree. He's made about $80 million in his career so far, so hopefully he saved and invested wisely. He might be a jerk, but the business world is full of white men who are even bigger jerks than him, yet they reap the rewards for it every day. So I wish this brother well, despite his antics.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    l0l@ With cheating Tom Brady?!

  • Virgoqween

    And yet nobody was ashamed or disgusted with that behavior?

  • Scromes1212

    There is no case to try lol he didn't commit a crime smh

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Hopefully he's planned for his life without football. He's young but that day will come...soon.
    "Tonio, just Hush now and play wit the brown ball..."

  • Scromes1212

    I'm not deflecting you just have nothing left to say lol like I said before, you get out of your contract by any mean necessary. And he did and he has a piece of mind and he was able to get his money. Bottom line

  • Scromes1212

    I'm well aware of who he is lol since he left high school I watched him play and I have never seen where he was charged with a crime. If you have some evidence he was charged with a crime I'm not aware of that. From what I see his kids are always with him along with like 10 family members that all live off him. I never said he was perfect but he ain't a criminal. Disagreements with family members don't make you a bad person in my opinion.

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    I'm confused: NFL players put their bodies and mental health longevity on the line so folks like Stephen Smith can have a job every week. Now what exactly is disgusting about that? Hell yes they better do it for top dollar!