Week 17 brought a lot of craziness and spectacle around the league. But nothing stands out more than Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown’s bizarre decision to take off his uniform, run off the field shirtless, and quit midgame against the Jets. It was the talk of the NFL on Sunday and still is Monday.
Amidst the chaos, the “Patron Saint of Football” (according to his Twitter bio) decided it was a good idea (sarcasm) to bring former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver, Terrell Owens, into the conversation.
The account tweeted a side-by-side photo of Brown and Owens and asked who the bigger diva was. Bold move, “Patron Saint.”
Sure. Owens had his fair share of on and off-field antics during his NFL career. But this comparison seems to be heavily unwarranted considering the severity of what Brown has done in his last few years in the league. Owens had a great response to this ridiculous thought.
Former Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens quickly dismisses comparison to Antonio Brown
What do you think? Is this even a question worth asking?
You can’t deny that Owens was a handful during his career. He did get himself exiled from the Eagles for repeated drama with quarterback Donovan McNabb. He was constantly in the spotlight for his out-there personality and drew unnecessary attention to himself whether he was with Philly, San Francisco, or Dallas. He did host a “press conference” in his driveway, which was essentially him shirtless doing sit-ups.
However, the now Hall of Famer never took off his uniform and walked out on a team midgame. Furthermore, it is being reported that Brown said the reason he refused to enter the game was because of ankle issues. Let’s not forget that T.O. played in a Super Bowl with a broken leg. If what is being reported is true, it shines a different light on the incident, but it’s quite likely Owens would not have responded in the same manner.
To me, this comparison is heavily unwarranted. Owens loved the spectacle, but he would never quit on his team and none of his antics were criminal. It’s also important to note that several people, including quarterback Tom Brady, have claimed that Brown’s issues may heavily be related to mental health issues.
That is never something to joke about, and the severity of AB’s behavioral swings seemingly renders, say, celebrating on the Star fairly frivolous in comparison.