Brown was at the courthouse for a summary appeal hearing regarding the traffic stop from last summer. Brown was charged with reckless driving for traveling at speeds over 100 miles per hour on McKnight Road.
That original charge was moved to a lesser charge at the hearing Tuesday. Brown is now guilty for driving at a safe speed and will be required to pay a fine.
One Pittsburgher, Jaime Ramirez, rushed into town with his number 84 jersey after seeing Brown’s Instagram video.
Brown, aside from his April Twitter beef with JuJu Smith-Schuster, has been relatively quiet since the trade to Oakland. Brown has stopped bashing his former team and has instead been promoting his training and preparation for the upcoming season. Brown, as he does each offseason, has been offering fans an up-close view into his offseason training, posting videos of recent workouts on a daily basis.
“I’m here to see my former favorite Pittsburgh Steeler Antonio Brown,” Ramirez said. “I didn’t get to say goodbye to him when he left, so he put on his Instagram for his fans to come down and meet him, so I wanted to come meet my boy before he went back to Oakland for the last time.”
Brown was traded to the Oakland Raiders at the beginning of the NFL offseason for two draft picks following his falling out with Pittsburgh. Brown did thank fans with billboards posted around Pittsburgh days after the trade.
For the Pittsburgh Steelers, this offseason has been a series of additions and subtractions. The team has been busy in both directions with wide receiver Antonio Brown and running back Le’Veon Bell out, but a significant number of guys added to the roster in an attempt to get this team back to the playoffs.
But according to NBC Sports’ Peter King, the subtractions still far outweigh the additions in his latest offseason power rankings. King has the Steelers checking in at a very mediocre 18th, which puts them behind every team in the AFC North except the lowly Cincinnati Bengals.
While Brown has finally allowed the healing process between him and Pittsburgh to begin, Colbert and the Steelers continue to say the right things when it comes to Brown, who helped Pittsburgh win four division titles and an AFC championship during his nine seasons with the franchise.
Its going to be peaceful in Pittsburgh without the weekly (daily?) questions about LeVeon Bell and Antonio Brown. But with all the distractions and discord last year, the Steelers still averaged 26.8 points per game, and Ill be surprised if they reach those heights this year. Steelers players might find it more placid coming to work and games this year with Antonio Brown 2,300 miles away, but how are they replacing Browns 115 catches a year over the last five seasons? With James Washington? Donte Moncrief? Doubt it. More likely, Pittsburgh turns to the man who cost them first, second and third-round picks on draft day, linebacker Devin Bush, and hopes he can be the sideline-to-sideline presence Ryan Shazier was until that fateful night in Cincinnati late in the 2017 season.
Let’s be honest, Ben Roethlisberger has won a Super Bowl with worse wide receivers. Replacing the production of Brown isn’t going to be necessary because the run game will bring more balance. No one really expects Roethlisberger to top 5,000 yards passing again this season, do they?
Does this ranking feel low? Absolutely. This team is better now than the group that took the field in the final week of the regular season. This is especially true on defense. But as they say, it isn’t where you start but where you finish.