Thursday’s Mashup: Antonio Brown posts DM message from Tom Brady, follows 49ers on Instagram

Lucy Burdge
January 02, 2019 - 9:38 pm

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NBA: Toronto at San Antonio, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Houston at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL: Calgary at Boston, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Chicago at NY Islanders, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)


-- Antonio Brown went on somewhat of a social media rampage on Wednesday during Mike Tomlin’s press conference, first posting a message about free will before going even further.

Happy New Year. Be great.

A post shared by Antonio Brown (@ab) on

He listened to Tomlin’s press conference with James Harrison, as evidenced by this video posted to Harrison’s Instagram.

Brown then went on to follow the 49ers on Instagram and post a private message Tom Brady sent to him in September.

Brown also unfollowed the Steelers on all forms of social media and posted this picture of Jerry Rice.

Brown has reportedly not asked the Steelers for a trade, so the saga continues.

-- The tributes poured in for “Mean” Gene Okerlund on Wednesday after the WWE interviewer passed away. He was 76.

The WWE Hall of Famer was remembered by those in and out of the wrestling world.

Okerlund joined the WWE in 1984 and became known for his interviews with top wrestlers, such as Hulk Hogan, Randy “Macho Man” Savage and The Ultimate Warrior. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I go back a long way with Urban. I talk to him multiple times every season. I have great respect and appreciation for what he’s done and the National Championships, the programs that he has built. All the way back, he’s an Ohio guy when I was in Ohio and back to Bowling Green, obviously Notre Dame, Utah, Florida and Ohio State. Great man. He’s had tremendous success. He’s been a good friend. I have great admiration for what he’s done.” -- Bill Belichick, on Urban Meyer after Meyer coached his final game on Tuesday