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The ongoing feud between newly acquired Raiders receiver Antonio Brown and his former Pittsburgh Steelers teammate JuJu Smith-Schuster grows more bizarre with each hour, and now Warriors forward Kevin Durant and actor Michael Rapaport are getting involved.
It all began on Sunday afternoon when Brown felt slighted by a Twitter user who reminded him that Smith-Schuster was named the Steelers’ team MVP over Brown in 2018.
“Emotion: boy fumbled the whole post season in the biggest game of year! Everyone went blind to busy making guys famous not enough reality these days!” Brown wrote in response to the fan.
It was a reference to when Smith-Schuster fumbled the ball in the final seconds of the team’s Week 16 game against the New Orleans Saints, which effectively dashed the Steelers’ playoff hopes.
Smith-Schuster fired back at Brown not long after, tweeting, “All I ever did was show that man love and respect from the moment I got to the league. I was genuinely happy for him too when he got traded to Oakland w/ a big contract, and now he takes shots at me on social media?”
He continued, “Crazy how big that ego got to be to take shots at people who show you love! Smh.”
Brown, who was acquired by the Raiders this offseason after a messy breakup with the Steelers, took things a step further Monday morning when he posted a screenshot of an Instagram direct message he received from Smith-Schuster while the latter was still at USC in 2015.
Smith-Schuster was asking Brown for “tips” that could help him “take [his] game to the next level,” and many Instagram users thought this was a cheap shot on Brown’s part.
One of these outraged fans was actor Michael Rapaport, best known for his roles in “True Romance” and “Deep Blue Sea” in the 1990’s.
“You’re playing yourself,” Rapaport wrote to Brown on Instagram.
For some odd reason Durant, who is no stranger to social media controversies himself, appeared to take Brown’s side and fired back at Rapaport.
“Get a life,” the former MVP wrote to the actor.
For whatever it’s worth, Rapaport is an avid New York Knicks fan, a team Durant has been consistently linked to ahead of his upcoming free agency this summer.
Smith-Schuster outperformed Brown during the 2018 season, which probably made it easier for the Steelers to trade Brown to Oakland. The second-year USC product caught 111 passes for 1,426 yards, and the 30-year-old Brown caught 104 passes for 1,297 yards.
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