Antonio Brown skipped out on court, was handed down a guilty verdict for reckless driving and bid farewell to the Steelers all in the span of a few hours Tuesday morning.
“Thank you Steeler Nation for a big 9 years… time to move on and forward #NewDemands,” Brown wrote on Twitter hours after landing in hot water with an entity other than the Steelers organization.
ESPN reports Brown has officially requested a trade.
Meanwhile… police said Brown was pulled over after traveling over 100 mph in a 45-mph zone in November in Ross Township, hours before the team’s game against the Carolina Panthers. He earlier paid a $426.77 fine.The summary reckless driving conviction carries a $200 fine.
Brown was represented in this week’s proceeding in Allegheny County Magisterial District Court by attorney James Hankle, who declined to say where his client was or otherwise comment.
Apparently, he was just on social media.
Brown’s adieu to the Steelers comes after a tumultuous season that included the star wideout going AWOL in the lead-up to the team’s final game. He was benched as a result, and team president Art Rooney II later came out and said it would be “hard to envision” Brown returning to the organization. Rooney II later walked back that bombshell and said the two sides would try to overcome their grievances.
It appears that didn’t happen.
Brown, the only player in NFL history with six consecutive seasons of at least 100 receptions, has three years remaining on his current contract.
The 30-year-old is also currently seeking full custody of his daughter following a heated January dispute with the mother of said child.