WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- American football wide receiver Antonio Brown topped Google’s list of most googled person overall in 2019.
- The former Patriots and Steelers wide receiver bested other famous actors and athletes because he was always in the news and has stayed active in social media, despite playing only one game in the league.
- During his time with the Raiders, he spent a long time disputing with the NFL over his banned helmet, even skipping practice and threatening to sit out games.
Former New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown was named Google’s most searched person and athlete in 2019 beating out all of this year’s infamous celebrities including Jussie Smollett and rapper R. Kelly. He even beat Washington Nationals-turned-Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper to the top spot.
This doesn’t really come as a big surprise given that Brown always made it to the headlines for something new.
Brown’s year started when he forced his way out of Pittsburgh because he was reportedly unhappy with his contract. He was traded to the Oakland Raiders in early March but proceeded to never play a game with the team because he was cut off before the season started.
During his stint with the Raiders, he missed training camp practices due to frostbite and got into a tedious feud with the NFL over his outdated helmet which was banned due to new safety requirements. He also slammed the Raiders over $50,000 worth of fines he owed to the team and got into a verbal fight with general manager Mike Mayock whom he called a ‘cracker’.
Two days before their season opener, the Raiders released Brown. But within hours of his Raiders exit, the Super Bowl Champions Patriots acquired him. However, three days later, he was slapped with a sexual assault lawsuit by a former trainer. Despite the lawsuit, he played for the team in New England’s Week 2 43-0 win over the Miami Dolphins where Brown recorded 4 receptions for 56 yards and scored one touchdown.
But within 5 days, the Patriots released him after he was hit by a sexual misconduct claim by another woman. Since then, he hasn’t played in the league.
Following his time with the Patriots, Brown at one point expressed his plans to retire, but then again changed his mind. He was also questioned in a lawsuit over a 2017 furniture-throwing incident, countersued his sexual assault accuser and often took to social media to either apologize or attack people.
His outrageous tweets ranged from apologizing countless times to the Raiders to accusing them of owing him money, a lengthy tirade against the NFL and even going after former Patriots teammates especially Tom Brady.
The more Brown continues to tweet, the more he will be in the news. If this continues onto the offseason, no doubt, he can also be Google’s top-trending person in 2020.