Watch Antonio Brown jump-kick his way into Internet immortality

Pittsburgh punt returner Antonio Brown kicks Cleveland punter Spencer Lanning during Sunday's game.
(Gene J. Puskar / Associated Press)

Antonio Brown says he had no intention of hurting Spencer Lanning on one of the most talked-about plays of Week 1 of the NFL season.

And, thankfully, the Pittsburgh receiver/kick returner actually did not hurt the Cleveland punter.

Which, I assume, means it’s OK for us to laugh about it. Because that’s what we’ve all been doing ever since Brown went all MMA on Lanning during a punt return and jump-kicked him in the facemask during the Steelers’ 30-27 victory over the Browns on Sunday.


The whole thing was so ridiculous. Brown had only Lanning between him and the end zone during a second-quarter punt return. Instead of cutting left into what appeared to be open space, Brown took to the air and left the punter staring straight into the bottom of his cleat.

“No intent to hurt him,” said Brown, who was penalized 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct on the play. “I thought he was going low, and I tried to leap over him.”

Brown, a Pro Bowl punt returner and receiver, took to Twitter later in the day to reiterate his stance: “I see the Internet having fun with the #abdropkick but want to clarify that I was not trying to hurt @LanningSpencer and glad he is okay.”

One of the people having fun with it was Lanning, who tweeted a photo of himself getting booted in the face by Brown with the caption: “Wait, wait, wait... When did this happen?!?”

Of course, there’s plenty of memes out there of the incident -- Brown even tweeted out a site where we can enjoy them all.

With apologies to all the “This is Sparta!” folks out there, the funniest Brown spoof is the one that splices the Steelers star’s now famous face kick with footage from “The Karate Kid.” Pure genius.