It’s a day of the week that ends in Y and the sun came up, so naturally there’s a story out today that has caused negative headlines to swirl around the name, Antonio Brown.
Over the last few months, every story written about Brown focused on one isolated incident. The story today however, published by Sports Illustrated, is pretty much just an open ended roast of the Patriots wide receiver. It documents his “pattern of disturbing behavior”, highlighting a handful of domestic disputes, broken business/personal relationships and stiffing a ton of credible people on money.
But, by far the most Antonio Brown story, in the lengthy list of Antonio Brown stories this article depicted, was his run-in with an art charity.
“In June 2017, Brown agreed to host a charity softball game in Pittsburgh to benefit the National Youth Foundation…During an auction of artwork donated by regional artists, Brown noticed a portrait of himself as well as its artist, a woman in her late 20s in from out-of-state…Brown liked the painting so much that he trumped the would-be winning bid of $450 with a $700 offer to buy it himself…Brown was so delighted with the portrait and the artist that he invited her to come to his home in the northern suburbs of Pittsburgh to create another painting of him, this time a mural on a wall in his home…After arriving at his home, the woman at first thought nothing of Brown’s flirtations…On her second day, however, the atmosphere curdled. The artist says at one point she was in a kneeling position while painting and turned to find Brown behind her, naked, holding a small hand towel over his genitals…’Unfortunately, I’ve been tried [by men] a lot of times, so I just kept my cool and kept painting,’she says. ‘After that, it all ended abruptly.’ Brown paid her $2,000 for her days of work but otherwise “ghosted” her, she says…As for NYF, social media messages and emails sent to Brown and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, requesting the $700 payment for the original auction painting, have gone unanswered”
The Sparknotes of that excerpt: Brown liked portrait of himself the artist had done. Offered $700 to buy it straight up from the charity auction. He then requested the artist of the portrait paint a mural of him at his house in Pittsburgh. When she started working on the mural, he walked around naked with nothing but a small towel on and tried to get with her. She refused his advances so he ghosted her and never paid the $700 for the original painting, money that was set to go to charity.
I mean, that’s my favorite story of charity related theft since Stanley Yelnats stole Sweet Feet’s cleats and ended up at Camp Green Lake.
Do you know how big of an egomaniac you have to be to steal a portrait of yourself from a charity? Well, the last time an incident like this occurred where a famous athlete stole memorabilia of his own likeness, it was OJ. So, AB is in great company on this one.
It’s just incredibly entertaining and humorous to sit back and think…there’s some random house in the suburbs of Pittsburgh with a half-done mural of Antonio Brown, forever etched on the living room wall.