The ongoing drama engulfing the Pittsburgh Steelers and centered on disgruntled wide receiver Martavis Bryant doesn’t appear to be reaching a conclusion anytime soon.
Bryant told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that he’s “got to move on” at the trade deadline if the Steelers don’t want him to contribute to the offense.
“I just want to be happy, whether it’s here or it’s somewhere else,” Bryant told ESPN about his position.
“I just want to help contribute. I just want to be the best player that I can on and off the field … and I want to be given the chance to be that. But I would like for it to be here. If not, then, oh well. Just got to move on.”
Bryant hauled in only one reception against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday and then skipped a mandatory team meeting on Monday, due to an illness, refueling his trade stance along the way.
“By the end of whenever the trade deadline is … I mean if things don’t get better, then I got to go” Bryant reaffirmed.
“I feel like it is necessary for me to talk to everyone,” Bryant said in his conversation with ESPN.
“I mean, I’m going to sit down, and whoever wants to talk to me, I will talk to them and tell them how I feel. Ain’t no hard feelings; it’s just business.
“I’m just going to sit down and talk to everybody and see what we can get clear on. Like I said, I don’t want to go nowhere. I want to be here, but if they don’t want to use me and they don’t want to use what I am capable of doing on the field, then just send me on my way.”
Steelers fans have grown tired of Bryant and many fan pages are pleading with the team to get rid of him.
“There’s always a possibility that it can get better,” Bryant told ESPN. “I just have to to sit down and talk to my coaches. I just got to really, really sit down and talk to these guys and see what they want to do.”
“… I’ve been holding it in, and I ain’t been saying nothing to nobody. I just been keeping it to myself and just talking to my receivers coach every now and then about it, but it just keeps happening. I mean, I’m a team player. I’m not trying to act like I’m being selfish because I’m not being selfish. It’s just I want to help contribute, and I want to be the best player that I can be. I don’t like when everyone keeps saying that it’s like I am a rookie all over again, because I am not a rookie all over again, period!”
Bryant stated that is he isn’t traded he will simply play out his contract. What do you think the odds are that the Steelers trade away Bryant? I am sure there are sportsbook odds on which team will land him, if a trade is able to be executed.
“I feel like it’s going to come down to whether we make changes or not, whether they try to include me more or not,” Bryant said. “If they don’t try to include me more and continue to do the same thing, then I want out, period.
“So be it [if things don’t change and he isn’t traded]. I’m not going to re-sign. … I’m not tripping.”
Raiders’ Antonio Brown Settles Lawsuit
New Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown, who was acquired via trade from the Pittsburgh Steelers earlier this offseason, has struck a settlement with a man, Ophir Sternberg, that claimed that he nearly killed a toddle by throwing furniture off of a Miami apartment building balcony, according to TMZ.
In the lawsuit, Sternberg claims his 22-month-old son was walking around the pool at the high-end apartment complex back in April 2018 when suddenly “large objects started to fall from the building many floors above them.”
Sternberg claimed that Brown tossed everything from vases, an ottoman, and other pieces of furniture from the balcony and they landed within feet of the toddler.
Brown had denied throwing the items, claiming that it was another person who had access to his apartment on that day.
Police responded to the scene and reported that Brown was “very agitated” and yelling when they arrived, noting that people have been trying to calm Brown down.
The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
Eagles’ Jalen Mills Arrested
Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills was arrested in Washington D.C following an altercation with Washington Wizards player Devin Robinson, according to the Associated Press’ Howard Fendrich (via the Washington Post).
Both men were charged with disorderly affray, which is described as fighting in a public place.
According to the Washington Post’s Candace Buckner, a verbal altercation broke out between the two that escalated into a physical fight that took place on the sidewalk.
Robinson was transported to a hospital following the fight with Mills and upon his release he was taken to to department’s 2nd District station where Mills was detained.
Mills and Robinson were “involved in a verbal altercation which escalated into a physical altercation on the sidewalk adjacent to the Opera Night Club” in the early hours of Saturday morning, according to the police report.
Both teams have since responded, with the Wizards essentially parting ways with Robinson due to the incident.
“We are aware of the incident this morning involving Devin and are disappointed in his actions. We will not extend him a qualifying offer for the 2019-20 season,” the Wizards said in a statement.
The Eagles issued a statement saying that they are “aware of the situation” and “continuing to gather more information.”
Mike Tannenbaum Joins ESPN
Following his run as Executive Vice President of Football Operations with the Miami Dolphins, and long-overdue dismissal following a disaster 2018 season, Mike Tannenbaum is joining ESPN, according to the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson.
Tannenbaum will end up being ESPN’s replacement for Bill Polian, who retired from broadcasting to become a co-founder of the Alliance of American Football, which officially ended all operations last week.
Tannenbaum will make appearances on SportsCenter, NFL Live, and other ESPN productions in the build up to the NFL Draft and will also be a part of ESPN’s draft coverage during the 2019 NFL Draft.
At the end of the 2018 season, Tannenbaum was “reassigned” within the Dolphins organization, although no details were provided at the time and no information regarding his re-assignment have been made public since.
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