WR Brown resolves speeding case in Pittsburgh – ESPN

WR Brown resolves speeding case in Pittsburgh - ESPN
Former Pittsburgh Steelers Wide Receiver Antonio Brown Returns To Pittsburgh For Court Hearing
“To all my fans in Pittsburgh, I never got to say goodbye,” Brown said in the video. “I’m here today in the downtown Pittsburgh Court.”

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.

After nearly executing a trade that would have sent Brown to the Buffalo Bills, the Steelers ultimately traded Brown to the Raiders for third and fifth round picks in the 2019 NFL Draft. The Steelers used those picks to acquire Toledo wide receiver Diontae Johnson and Michigan tight end Zach Gentry. The extra picks also helped the Steelers with regard to trading up to select Michigan inside linebacker Devin Bush with the 10th overall pick. 

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.”

“In all honesty, we’ve moved past it,” Colbert said during a recent interview with 93.7 The Fan. “Antonio was a great player for us. We mutually reached a decision that it was best to both move on. And as we mentioned with Devin Bush, the ability to trade up and getting those picks we were able to get in the trade, and that’s where we’d like to leave it. 

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.

“We’ve all moved on. We hope Antonio has a great career and finish to his career, and we’re gonna try to do the best with the result of him not being with us because he was a significant player and it’s time to make the realization that he’s not with us and we have to find a way to be better. That’s our challenge.”

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?

“All my fans in Pittsburgh that never got to say goodbye, I’m here today at the downtown Pittsburgh courthouse,” Brown said. “Pull up.” 

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.

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