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Antonio Brown going after Tom Brady with latest Instagram post?

Antonio Brown with a smile

Oct 14, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (81) against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Antonio Brown enjoys pressing buttons, and it seems like he was trying to push Tom Brady’s buttons with his latest social media post.

Brown posted a photo on Instagram Sunday night that showed him hugging Brady’s wife Gisele after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Super Bowl LV win.

“Put that s— on,” was Brown’s caption (edited by LBS for profanity).

There’s no way to interpret the post as a friendly one.

Brady is known to be having marital problems with Gisele. And here’s Brown posting a photo of himself hugging his former teammate’s wife. That’s not something friends do.

Brown’s post comes a day after he made headlines for exposing himself in the swimming pool of a Dubai hotel earlier this year. Not only is the former wide receiver not showing any remorse for his actions, he seems to be asking for more trouble and attention.

Mitch Trubisky benched in favor of Kenny Pickett

Mitch Trubisky holding a ball

May 24, 2022; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) participates in organized team activities at UPMC Rooney Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Kenny Pickett era in Pittsburgh appears to have begun.

Steelers starting quarterback Mitch Trubisky once again struggled during the first half of Sunday’s game against the New York Jets. That led to head coach Mike Tomlin making a change. Pickett was under center for Pittsburgh’s first drive of the second half.

Trubisky has not played well through the early part of the season. That trend continued on Sunday. He went 7/13 for 84 yards, no touchdowns and an interception in the first half against the Jets. The Steelers trailed 10-6 at halftime.

Following Pittsburgh’s 29-17 loss to the Cleveland Browns last week, Tomlin said he had not even considered making a quarterback switch. Most people who watched Trubisky through the first three games of the season knew it was only a matter of time before Pickett was given a chance.

Trubisky entered Sunday’s game with just 569 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

Video: Saints lose to Vikings on heartbreaking double-doink kick

Saints double doink

The New Orleans Saints lost to the Minnesota Vikings in heartbreaking fashion on Sunday.

Saints kicker Will Lutz converted a 60-yard field goal to tie the score at 25-25 with 1:51 remaining. The kick matched the longest of his career. Kirk Cousins and the Vikings then responded with a field goal drive of their own to take a 28-25 lead with just 24 seconds remaining.

New Orleans began their ensuing drive at their own 25 with no timeouts remaining. Andy Dalton completed a 32-yard pass to rookie Chris Olave to give Lutz another shot at a long field goal, this time from 61 yards. The veteran had plenty of distance, but the kick bounced off the left upright, then the crossbar, and fell short.

Here is a closer look at the dreaded double-doink:

Lutz would have been the first kicker in NFL history to make two field goals of 60 yards or longer in the same game if he converted, according to ESPN Stats & Info. He certainly made a valiant effort.

That wasn’t quite as bad as the most infamous double-doink in NFL history, but Lutz and the Saints will probably be thinking about it for a while.

JJ Watt shares scary health update ahead of Week 4

JJ Watt looks on

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Cardinals star JJ Watt had a health scare leading up to Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers.

Watt took to Twitter on Sunday to get ahead of what he said was a leak of “some personal information.” The three-time Defensive Player of the Year revealed that he had an issue with his heartbeat during the week and had “my heart shocked back into rhythm on Thursday.”

The news apparently was expected to come out, so Watt wanted to deliver it himself.

Afib, which is short for atrial fibrillation, is an irregular heart rhythm that can lead to serious complications if left untreated. It is unclear if Watt has dealt with the condition for a while or if it is something new, but he seemed to downplay its severity.

Watt was listed as questionable for Sunday’s game with a calf injury, but that was apparently nothing serious, either. The 33-year-old has two sacks in three games this season. He played in just seven games last year due to a shoulder injury.

Dak Prescott takes major step in recovery from thumb surgery

Dak Prescott throws a pass in warmups

Sep 11, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) warms up before the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Dak Prescott is working his way back from a fractured thumb he suffered in Week 1, and the Dallas Cowboys quarterback recently hit another huge benchmark in his recovery.

Prescott had the stitches removed from his surgically repaired thumb this past week and resumed throwing, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports. He is hoping to play next Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams, but his return could be pushed back to Week 6.

Cooper Rush has won both of his starts in place of Prescott. The Cowboys are favored in Sunday’s game against the Washington Commanders, and Rush has a very real chance to improve to 3-0.

Prescott’s initial recovery timeline was 6-8 weeks. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has consistently expressed optimism that Prescott will be back sooner, but the team’s performance in Dak’s absence has reduced the sense of urgency.

Jones said recently that he was hoping Rush plays well enough to create a QB controversy in Dallas. Prescott is in no danger of losing his starting job, but the Cowboys’ performance with Rush under center has put the team in a favorable position.

Ryan Day apologizes to Greg Schiano after heated altercation

Greg Schiano points at Ryan Day

Ryan Day apologized to Greg Schiano after Ohio State’s 49-10 win over Rutgers Saturday for a heated altercation they had in the fourth quarter.

The Buckeyes had a 4th-and-2 at their 39 while leading 49-10 with around nine minutes left in the game. Punter Jesse Mirco was set to boot the ball but saw a big opening down the side of the field and made a break for it. He rushed for 22 yards to get the first down, but he received a hard hit from Aron Cruikshank out of bounds. Cruikshank was ejected for the hit.

After the 4th-down punt conversion, plus the late hit, Schiano ran across the field to separate his players from the Buckeyes. Schiano and Day got heated, with both coaches pointing fingers.

Though the coaches were heated at the time, things calmed down by the end of the game. The two shook hands, and you could hear Day apologize to Schiano.

“I apologize for that,” Day could be heard saying.

Day said after the game that he had “no hard feelings” over what transpired.

Day also confirmed that the punter acted on his own and a fake was not called.

Day’s Buckeyes are now 5-0, while Schiano’s Scarlet Knights are 3-2.

Antonio Brown accused of exposing himself to woman in hotel pool in Dubai

Antonio Brown smiles

Nov 8, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Antonio Brown before the game against the New Orleans Saints at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Antonio Brown is accused of committing some gross behavior while on a trip to the United Arab Emirates during the spring.

The New York Post on Saturday published a story in which they made numerous accusations about inappropriate behavior Brown committed during the trip. Their story includes screenshots from videos they observed to write their story.

According to the story, Brown pulled out his penis in front of a blond woman and other hotel guests while he was in a swimming pool at a luxury hotel in Dubai on May 14. Brown also allegedly shoved his bare butt in the woman’s face a few times — all in front of other hotel guests who were at the pool.

Brown reportedly had just met the woman. She exited the pool and apparently complained about the incident. Brown reportedly was asked to leave the hotel.

The former NFL wide receiver was in Dubai to perform during Floyd Mayweather’s ring entrance for a boxing exhibition in Abu Dhabi.

In addition to his antics in the pool, Brown reportedly violated dress code customs by showing off his bare chest, and by allegedly smoking marijuana in his room.

In 2019, the former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver faced allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior from two different women. One of the women accused Brown of sexually assaulting her in one incident, and exposing himself to her in another incident.

Brown has not played in the NFL since his infamous undressing incident last season with the Buccaneers. He is trying to have a career as a rapper now.

Report: Ime Udoka used ‘crude language’ with Celtics worker

Ime Udoka looking on

Dec 25, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka looks on during the second quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

A new report published on Friday shared information about the big rule Ime Udoka violated that led to his suspension from the Boston Celtics.

Last week, we learned that Udoka was having an “improper intimate but consensual relationship” with a female staff member of the Celtics. The team suspended Udoka for the entire 2022-2023 season and named Joe Mazzulla as their interim head coach.

The Celtics hired an independent law firm to investigate the matter. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the firm’s investigation found that Udoka “used crude language in his dialogue with a female subordinate prior to the start of an improper workplace relationship with the woman.”

The use of crude language with the woman prior to their relationship apparently was a significant factor in the length of his suspension.

The power dynamic for the improper relationship was the big rule violation cited by the law firm in their report, which apparently was completed last week.

Udoka, 45, is set to receive a pay cut while he is suspended. He reportedly is unlikely to get his job as head coach of the Celtics back when his suspension ends.

A former NBA player, Udoka led the Celtics to the NBA Finals last season in his first year on the job.

Tua Tagovailoa’s trainer offers health update

Tua Tagovailoa ready to throw

Sep 11, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) watches prior throwing the football during the first quarter against the New England Patriots at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa left Thursday night’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals on a stretcher after he suffered a head injury, but fortunately there have been some positive health updates since.

Tagovailoa’s longtime personal trainer Nick Hicks said in a tweet on Friday morning that the former Alabama star is “doing well.” Tagovailoa underwent X-rays that came back negative and had no internal bleeding. He is scheduled to have an MRI and get a second opinion.

That meshes with what USA Today’s Josina Anderson reported, which is that all initial scans were negative. Anderson adds that Tagovailoa traveled back to Miami with the team, though he was wearing a neck brace.

Tagovailoa was taken to the hospital after his head bounced off the turf on a hit in the second quarter. He showed a fencing reaction, which is typically indicative of a concussion.

While any obvious head injury is a concern, many people believe Tagovailoa suffered two in less than a week. He also left his team’s game against the Buffalo Bills last weekend after hitting his head on the turf. He was very wobbly when he got to his feet but cleared to return. Tagovailoa cleared concussion protocol and the Dolphins said his balance issues were the result of a back injury.

The Dolphins have faced a great deal of backlash in the wake of Thursday night’s frightening scene. Head coach Mike McDaniel defended the team’s handling of Tagovailoa after the game.

NFL, Dolphins blasted for clearing Tua Tagovailoa to play in Week 4

Players huddle around Tua Tagovailoa

The NFL and Miami Dolphins were blasted on Thursday night over what has transpired with Tua Tagovailoa.

Tagovailoa was taken to the hospital after being concussed during Thursday night’s game between his Dolphins and the Cincinnati Bengals. Tagovailoa showed a fencing reaction after hitting his head on the turf, which was scary to many watching.

The problem is that this concussion is not an independent matter.

The Dolphins and the league were already facing an investigation over what transpired four days earlier.

Tagovailoa exited his team’s win over the Buffalo Bills in the second quarter after being sacked and hitting his head. Though Tagovailoa appeared to exhibit some concussion symptoms, the quarterback was cleared to return to the game. The medical exams determined Tagovailoa’s reaction was due to a back injury he had sustained earlier in the game.

At the time, there were people questioning how Tagovailoa was cleared to return to the game despite appearing to show concussion symptoms. The NFLPA is investigating the matter.

Not only was Tagovailoa cleared to play in the second half of Week 3, but he was also cleared to play four days later in “Thursday Night Football.”

Chris Nowinski, a neuroscientist, railed against the NFL and Dolphins prior to the game for clearing Tagovailoa to play in Week 4.

Nowinski foresaw the problems.

Many other powerful voices from former players and media members similarly ripped the league and Dolphins.