Ex-Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver and current Oakland Raider Antonio Brown simply can not stay out of the headlines.
Brown who has missed most of Oakland’s training camp thus far, has not participated because of what was originally termed a “foot issue.” Now the real reason has surfaced. A.B. is not taking part with team practices because he put himself into a cryogenic chamber but did so without the necessary footwear.
As a result, he suffered frostbite to his feet and this is the reason he is not taking part in training camp. The facility Brown was at was in France which makes this situation more ridiculous. There are plenty of such chambers here in the U.S. so why go overseas for use of the machine?
Also why not just jump in a tub of ice water like most athletes do? Brown is a prima donna and has such a big ego he probably ignored any advice on properly using a cryogenic chamber and now he’s paying the price. Such injury cause by cold therapy such as this is not uncommon and track star Justin Gatlin experienced the same misfortune.
While a guest of TMZ Sports this week, Gatlin said the following:
“It was a disaster. I had, like, boils and blisters all over my ankles. He's not going to be able to run those routes properly without healing his feet totally. Every day I had to get those blisters popped by hand by a therapist. It just got really, really bad.”
How bad? Take a look…
As the NFL season inches closer, the Cleveland Brown believers appear to still be onboard. Over on theScore.com they are looking ahead to the season.
AFC North betting preview and predictions
C Jackson Cowart, theScore.com
The Cleveland Browns are good, the Pittsburgh Steelers are in transition, and Marvin Lewis is not the coach of the Cincinnati Bengals. What's going on in the AFC North? Arguably no division saw bigger turnover in the offseason than this one, with Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell leaving town and Odell Beckham Jr. joining the mix in Cleveland. The AFC North is one of just two divisions with a plus-money favorite (NFC North), and while bettors are fading the Browns as division winners, they're pounding them as Super Bowl contenders.
Here are the best bets, value plays, and picks to avoid in the AFC North for 2019.
Steelers under 9 wins (Even)
Pittsburgh won nine games last year, then lost the core of what made the team so dangerous the past few seasons. However, bettors are still riding the over on the Steelers' win total and betting them to a tie atop the division at 7-5 odds.
Brown and Bell are gone, and even the biggest fans of JuJu Smith-Schuster and James Conner can acknowledge the downgrade for a team that's relied on offensive firepower for years. The defense was average across the board last season, with a near-worst special teams unit. Is there any reason to expect improvement in 2019?
Ben Roethlisberger led the league with a career-high 5,129 passing yards last year but owned a virtually identical touchdown and interception rate from his 2017 season, so it's hard to expect growth for the 37-year-old quarterback.
Better chemistry is really the only selling point for improvement, and that's not enough to replace two All-Pro offensive talents and fix a leaky defense.
Bet to avoid
Anything on the Browns
Let's be honest here, we have no idea what's going to happen in Cleveland this year. Improvement feels imminent from last season's 7-8-1 record - especially after acquiring arguably the most talented receiver in football - but it's dangerous placing too much stock in a young team.
Baker Mayfield may be a future star, but he also ranked 22nd in quarterback rating (55.7) in his 14-game debut and showed his youth with high INTs (14) and a low completion percentage (63.8). The defense, littered with young stars, ranked 27th in Pro Football Focus' team grades in 2018, and Cleveland's special teams unit was 30th.
It's also foolish to chase the market, which has already pummeled the Browns' odds into the ground to win the Super Bowl (20-1) and AFC (8-1). If you think Year 2 is the time to bet on Cleveland's storybook season, all the power to you. It's smarter to wait.