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Controversy King Antonio Brown Continues Nasty Assault on Caitlin Clark, This Time With a Baseball-Inspired Taunt

Published 04/22/2024, 11:30 AM EDT

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Antonio Brown, the former NFL wide receiver who seems to thrive on courting controversy, has set his sights on WNBA rookie Caitlin Clark once again. This time, Brown’s harassment has taken a bizarre turn, targeting Clark through a seemingly innocuous image.

In his tweet from today, Brown posted a picture with the caption “AB knows all #CTESPN”. It shows a group of college baseball players, one sporting a shirt that reads “I LOVE BUSH! (NOT GEORGE)”. Let’s unpack this latest development and what it means for Clark, Brown, and the ongoing issue of online harassment faced by female athletes.

Antonio Brown’s obsessive targeting of Clark began in March, masquerading as congratulations for her record-breaking performance in the NCAA. However, things quickly took a disturbing turn as Brown’s comments shifted towards Clark’s appearance and unsubstantiated claims about her gender.

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Despite being blocked by Clark and facing widespread condemnation, Brown has continued his barrage of insults, mocking her draft outfit, the upcoming Nike deal, and even resorting to racial slurs. So, why the baseball detour?

It’s anyone’s guess. Brown offers no explanation in his latest post, leaving fans and critics to decipher his cryptic message. Some might speculate it’s a veiled reference to Clark’s sexuality, a continuation of his previous inappropriate remarks. Others might believe it’s a nonsensical attempt to stay relevant by latching onto a trending topic—the college baseball season—while keeping Clark’s name tethered to his own.

It is pretty evident that Antonio Brown’s actions are a textbook example of online harassment. Cyberbullying takes many forms, and the former athlete’s use of social media to demean and belittle Clark is a harmful pattern. It’s not just about the content of his posts; it’s the relentless nature of them. This isn’t playful banter; it’s a targeted attack designed to belittle and degrade a young athlete.

Caitlin Clark’s silence speaks volumes against Antonio Brown’s tomfoolery

Throughout this ordeal, Clark has maintained a commendable level of composure. She’s chosen to block Brown on social media, a powerful act of self-preservation that sends a clear message: this harassment won’t be tolerated.

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While some might yearn for a fiery response, Clark’s dignified silence speaks volumes. She’s letting her achievements on the court do the talking, a much more effective strategy in the long run. This isn’t to say Clark shouldn’t be supported.

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The onus falls on social media platforms and the sports community to create a safer environment for female athletes. Stricter enforcement of harassment policies and swift action against perpetrators are crucial steps. Ultimately, the question remains: when will Antonio Brown learn?

His talent on the field is undeniable, but his off-field antics threaten to overshadow the legacy of his entire career. One can only hope Brown realizes the damage he’s inflicting and chooses to use his platform for something more positive.

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Shrabana Sengupta

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Shrabana Sengupta is an MLB writer at EssentiallySports. Shrabana shot to fame when she covered two prime MLB events: the 2023 World Series and the Free Agency that followed. During the 2023 World Series, Shrabana wrote her unfeigned perspectives on the Texas Rangers’ Corey Seager and his wife, the 27x World Series Champions’ heartbreaking season, and later covered Shohei Ohtani’s highly anticipated record-breaking contract in 2023-24.
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Garima Yadav