Former NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown, known for his outspoken nature and controversial antics, has once again stirred controversy with a series of messages on X comparing Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Matt Canada to Adolf Hitler.
Brown, who played nine seasons with the Steelers, has been critical of Canada’s offensive system, which has struggled to perform efficiently this season.
In his recent social media outburst, Brown crudely edited an image of Canada, adding a mustache reminiscent of Hitler’s and dubbing him “Adolf Canada” in a subsequent post.
Antonio Brown’s unfortunate rant landed on Jewish holiday
The timing of Brown’s tweets has raised eyebrows for two reasons.
Firstly, they came after the Steelers secured a 23-18 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders, amassing a season-high 333 yards in offense, improving their record to 2-1 for the season.
Secondly, these controversial tweets were posted during Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, which further added to the outrage.
Unsurprisingly, Brown’s posts were met with backlash on social media, with many users criticizing the former NFL star for his insensitive comparison and the inappropriate timing of his comments.
One user commented “Comparing an offensive coordinator to Hitler sounds about on brand for Antonio Brown”, while another exclaimed, “Dude needs his Twitter taken away”. Another user said “The CTE is flaring up again” in reference to Brown’s claims of having the brain disease suffered by some football players.
This is not the first time Brown has publicly criticized Canada and expressed his unfounded interest in taking over as the Steelers’ offensive coordinator.
While the Steelers’ offensive struggles have fueled calls for Canada to be replaced, Brown’s comparison to Hitler has been widely condemned as unhinged and offensive.
AB’s drama-filled exit from last NFL game
The last time Antonio Brown stepped on a football field was in January of 2022 when he was a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Brown, who is not a stranger to dramatic antics, bizarrely took off his uniform and stormed off the field in the middle of the Bucs game against the Jets at MetLife Stadium when his team was trailing 10-24 in the 3rd quarter. The Bucs ended up making a comeback led by Tom Brady after AB left, winning the game 27-23.