- Antonio Brown took his trade demands to a new level with a lengthy video on Instagram.
- While Brown spends a considerable amount of time asking teams to call him, there is one part near the end that fans have fixated on the most.
- Brown says he no longer wants to be called “AB,” and offers a new nickname for himself, but nobody can seem to agree if it is “Mr. Big Chest” or “Mr. Big Checks.”
- The video isn’t helping.
Antonio Brown upped his emphatic and public divorce from the Pittsburgh Steelers with a lengthy Instagram Live video on Tuesday. However, beyond the headlines, there was a small part at the end of the video that amused many of the people who watched it – Brown gave himself a new nickname.
There was just one problem. Nobody can seem to agree on whether the new nickname is “Mr. Big Chest” or “Mr. Big Checks.”
Listen for yourself:
Adam Schefter of ESPN initially broke the news of the video and noted at the end that Brown now wants to be called “Mr. Big Chest.” Initially, that is what most people heard.
On Instagram Live, Antonio Brown said:
*”If your team got guaranteed money, they want to get to know me and work with me, tell them to call me.”
*He now wants to be known not as “A.B.” but as “Mr. Big Chest.”
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 19, 2019
But about 24 hours later, some, including ESPN’s “Golic & Wingo,” suggested that Brown might actually be calling himself “Mr. Big Checks” or “Mr. Big Check.”
On Twitter, most seem to hear, “Chest,” including one of last year’s March Madness Cinderellas, UMBC.
— UMBC Athletics (@UMBCAthletics) February 19, 2019
Other media outlets also clung to the “Mr. Big Chest” nickname and made appropriate jokes.
By the way, Antonio Brown no longer wants to be known as A.B. He prefers "Mr. Big Chest." pic.twitter.com/ssO0aSmBOX
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) February 19, 2019
The San Francisco 49ers are an oft-rumoured destination for Brown, but at least one fan was turned off by the new nickname.
As a 49ers fan, Antonio Brown wanting to be known as “Mr. Big Chest” immeadaitely makes him less interesting of a trade acquisition. Can the 49ers go after Odell Beckham instead? ????
— Michael Hauff (@TheFFRealist) February 19, 2019
But others disagreed, believing the nickname is “Big Checks.”
It sounds like "Mr Big Check" which makes a lot more sense , if you clear up the audio he's simply asking for more money.
— Doug A Graveman (@EnhancerDNA) February 20, 2019
Didn’t he say Mr. Big checks??
— FTCommenter (@CommenterFt) February 20, 2019
Others pleaded with Brown directly to clarify the pressing issue.
Mr. Big Chest or Mr. Big Checks? @AB84 help us out
— Ray Mundo (@1SportsFanatik) February 20, 2019
In hindsight, “Big Check” or “Big Checks” makes more sense, considering the context and the demand for a new contract with a new team. Unfortunately, the workout video wasn’t helping and the normally media-shy Brown hasn’t spoken up yet to clarify.
In the meantime, we’ll have to keep debating it.
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