Antonio Brown is facing a real dilemma.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are playing the Denver Broncos in the divisional round of the playoffs on Sunday. They sure could use their star receiver, who caught 16 passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns during the Steelers’ 34-27 win over the Broncos on Dec. 20.
And a victory means a trip to the AFC championship for Brown and his teammates.
On the other hand, Brown could get something just as valuable if he doesn’t play in the game -- an apology from Pacman Jones.
Hmmmm, what to do?
Cincinnati cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones has repeatedly accused Brown of faking a concussion after a hit to the head by Bengals’ Vontaze Burfict at the end of a wildcard playoff game on Saturday. Burfict was called for unsportsmanlike conduct on the play and the Bengals were penalized 15 yards. That, along with a subsequent unsportsmanlike conduct call on Jones, put the Steelers in position to kick the game-winning field goal.
While being interviewed by Brandon Marshall on Showtime’s “Inside the NFL” on Tuesday, Jones repeated his claim that Brown winked at him as he was leaving the field.
“Now if you’re knocked out, you think you gonna be able to wink and think about all that at the same time?” Jones said.
Marshall, who pointed out that a wink can mean many different things, also noted that Brown has yet to be cleared to play this week. Jones said that if Brown ends up missing the game because of a concussion “I will send out an apology.”
“I will -- if he don’t play,” Jones said. “But you know and I know that ... he gonna be cleared, I promise you, 24 hours before the game.”