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, I’ve started running out of popcorn to watch the show, but wide receiver Antonio Brown is forcing me to make a trip to the store to restock with his most recent allegations. This time, it appears Brown has gotten in trouble with the law.Brown has two lawsuits filed against him relating to an incident where he allegedly threw furniture from his 14th floor condo in Florida in April, according to Tom Schad of USA Today. The owner of the condo is seeking the cost of damages created by Brown, who was leasing the furnished condo for $35,000 a month.The second lawsuit was filed because Brown allegedly almost hit a 22-month-old child. The boy was walking with his grandfather when a couple of vases and an ottoman landed near the two. The boy’s father is filing the suit claiming his son has had signs of fear and anxiety. He also says his son has had night terrors every night.Brown has yet to comment on the story, so we really don’t know what would provoke him to throw furniture from the 14th floor of a building. Then again, what excuse could a person have for doing that?For a guy who claimed he was tired of not having his privacy from the media and even wondered if he was really free, I feel like throwing furniture out of a building is not the route to take in order to stay out of the news or worrying about waking up to Google alerts about yourself.Brown seems to like to play both sides. He is a huge social media guy. He often posts videos of his workouts, family and even ads on occasion.What Brown doesn’t seem to understand is that being that big of a name comes with a cost of people actually paying attention to you. You also have to wonder if this will have any impact on the perception of him from around the league (it won’t) as he has been sort of built up as one of the poster children for the NFL.This is just the most recent example of drama for the Steelers this season. It started with Le’Veon Bell refusing to play under his franchise tag in order to preserve himself as he looks to hit free agency. Now he is saying that he will return to the team in Week 7. Then there was Brown tweeting “trade me” after he was frustrated by a fan questioning his value to the team. He then skipped practice on Monday following that.The Steelers will be visiting Cincinnati this Sunday Cincinnati Bengals Hats
, and it seems the teams aren’t where many thought the two would be at this point. In fact many would’ve wagered the records of these two teams would probably be flipped since the Steelers are only 2-2-1 (and are really lucky to not be 2-3). The defense has been a real issue for them, and the fact they haven’t had Bell has been an issue in a few games as James Conner has had good games, but he isn’t as consistent. There seems to be a real chance that the Bengals could make a statement Sunday. Update: Brown has commented on his legal drama. Sam Hubbard was engrossed in a dodgeball game during his high school gym class when Ohio State coach Urban Meyer walked through the door. A lot of heads turned, including his.And his sports career took a very different turn.Hubbard doesn’t recall anything about the dodgeball game, other than the unexpected visit that changed so much. Hubbard went from an aspiring Notre Dame lacrosse player to a Buckeye football star and now a draft pick for his hometown team, the Cincinnati Bengals .”I’ve had a winding journey to get here, and a lot of fun stories,” the third-round pick said Friday as rookie camp opened.The 6-foot-5 defensive end was committed to playing lacrosse for Notre Dame — he was a midfielder on Moeller High School’s team — when Meyer showed up at gym class during his junior year. Hubbard also was a safety on the football team. Meyer was on a routine recruiting trip to see several prospects, and Hubbard’s gym teacher was Moeller’s football coach.”Everyone in class was staring,” Hubbard said. “To have Urban Meyer walk into your class was unexpected.”Hubbard’s coach mentioned him as a potential Buckeye. Meyer watched Moeller’s game film and took note of him along with the others. Eventually Cincinnati Bengals Hoodie
, Ohio State offered a football scholarship and Hubbard changed paths, heading two hours up the road to Columbus instead of South Bend.There were several more unexpected changes ahead.The Buckeyes tried him at linebacker and tight end before deciding he’d be best as a defensive end, a position he’d never played. Hubbard was totally out of his element, but grew into the position, adding weight while learning what it takes to tackle an elusive running back and take down a quarterback.He’d hoped to get drafted by the Bengals, but thought there was little chance of things working out so perfectly. That might have been the biggest surprise of all.On Friday, he walked into their football-shaped locker room, heading past Andy Dalton’s locker on the right and Carlos Dunlap’s on the left, to find the one with his name and No. 94. Then he was off to an adjoining practice field, a short trek that felt surreal after all those years rooting for the Bengals.”It’s insane Customized Cincinnati Bengals Jerseys
,” he said. “To come in here and see the locker, the helmet, to put on the jersey and go out on the field — it was a special moment.”He’ll get a chance to work his way into the Bengals’ defensive line rotation as a rookie and become part of those big rivalry games he followed so closely as a youth — Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers are on the schedule in four months.Chase Big Ben around the field?”Ha!” he said. “I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but that’s obviously the end goal. I’ve got to learn the playbook first and make a good first impression.”Hubbard knows the franchise’s history of futility as well as anyone. The last time the Bengals won a playoff game was the 1990 season, five years before he was born. He attended Bengals games regularly as a youth. He knows about their run of five straight first-round losses from 2011-15, an NFL record for playoff futility.Hubbard was in the stands at Paul Brown Stadium for one of their worst moments. Carson Palmer tore ligaments in his left knee when he was hit on his first pass against the Steelers on Jan. 8, 2006. Pittsburgh pulled away to a 31-17 win in the opening-round playoff game.”That one’s burned in my head,” he said.DRAFT PICK SIGNINGSThe Bengals signed four of their 11 draft picks at the start of rookie camp: fifth-round picks CB Davontae Harris and DT Andrew Brown, and seventh-round picks QB Logan Woodside and G Rod Taylor.COME ON DOWNThe Bengals also signed 10 undrafted free agents for rookie camp: WR Devonte Boyd, Nevada-Las Vegas; DE Gaelin Elmore http://www.cincinnatibengalsshop.com
, East Carolina; OT Austin Fleer, Colorado Mesa; RB Quinton Flowers, South Florida; TE Jordan Franks, Central Florida; S Trayvon Henderson, Hawaii; LB Junior Joseph, Connecticut; RB Ray Lawry, Old Dominion; DE Ja’Von Rolland-Jones, Arkansas State; and LB Chris Worley, Ohio State.