The Pittsburgh Steelers might not be thrilled with receiver Antonio Brown, but Facebook should be.
Although Brown wouldn’t confirm last week he’s a paid endorser for Facebook, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said Brown is paid “high six figures” by the company. So it’s no surprise that Brown went on Facebook Live to again apologize for an infamous Facebook Live video. Ironic.
Brown also said on the latest video that he paid a $10,000 fine to the Steelers for broadcasting a Facebook Live from the locker room after the Steelers’ playoff win against the Kansas City Chiefs, when coach Mike Tomlin was talking. That led to an overblown controversy the week of the AFC championship game, which the Steelers lost.
While $10,000 is a lot, considering what Facebook pays Brown, it doesn’t seem like a bad deal. Facebook has to be happy with all the free advertising, too.
On this week’s video, Brown said he wanted to “quiet the noise” about the various controversies that suddenly surrounded him at the end of the season.
“I apologize sincerely that I got caught up in the moment when my coach was talking. I didn’t mean no harm,” Brown said. “I wanted to show you guys the process and the fulfillment of winning big football games, and I was excited.”
Brown is one of the best receivers in the NFL, but dealt with the video controversy and then an NFL Network story that he pouted during the AFC title game and cares too much about his stats, which is always an odd and nonsensical accusation. Brown has been one of the best and most exciting players in the NFL for a long time, but now he has to deal with some negative stories about him. He seems fine with that.
“If the only thing I’ve done wrong is Facebook Live, I’m a pretty good guy,” Brown said on the video.
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