Antonio Brown informs Pittsburgh Steelers he wants to be traded
Last Updated: 12/02/19 7:57pm
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has requested a trade away from the team, according to reports from ESPN on Tuesday.
Brown took to social media to bid farewell to the Steelers fans, saying: "Thank you SteelerNation for a big 9 years...time to move on and forward."
Brown, a four-time All-Pro, has been embroiled in a dispute with the Steelers, who openly have discussed the possibility of trading him.
Brown has three years remaining on a five-year $72.7m contract extension he signed before the 2017 season.
He has surpassed 100 receptions and 1,000 receiving yards in each of the past six seasons, and in 2018 he caught 104 passes for 1,297 yards and a career-high 15 touchdowns.
Brown's tweet and request came on the same day he was found guilty of reckless driving after failing to show up for his trial.
Police cited Brown for driving a black Porsche in excess of 100mph through Ross Township, Pennsylvania on November 8th, which was the morning of the Steelers' game against the Carolina Panthers.
Reckless driving convictions in Pennsylvania carry maximum penalties of 90 days in jail, a $200 fine and a six-month licence suspension.
It's the latest in a headline-producing few months for Brown, on and off the field.
Brown allegedly pushed the mother of his daughter to the ground last month in Hollywood, Florida, according to a police incident report. The woman did not press charges and Brown was not arrested.
It has also emerged Brown was hit with two lawsuits in October for an incident that allegedly occurred at his South Florida high-rise last April.
Brown was accused of yelling at security personnel and throwing furniture from his balcony, upset over $80,000 and a gun he reported missing.
He accused building security of being behind the alleged theft, according to police reports.
Brown was not charged in that incident either and has expressed his innocence.