Former All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown sent out a cryptic tweet on Wednesday, November 13, causing his 1.6 million followers to begin speculating that he was engaged to longtime girlfriend Chelsie Kyriss, the mother of three of the former Pittsburgh Steeler’s children.
In the tweet, which has since been deleted, Brown simply typed three crown emoji and three ring emoji before tagging Kyriss’ Twitter account. The tweet caused confusion when fans pointed out what Brown had been tweeting in recent days, implying that he and Kyriss were no longer together.
“Best thing I ever did was fall out of love,” Brown tweeted on November 11.
The wide receiver followed that up later in the day with another tweet.
“Thinking about dating a city girl y’all tell JT get @ me! AB got the meal plan baby I know you just jumped baby 11:11.”
The City Girls are a Miami-based rap duo consisting of JT and Yung Miami. “Jumped” is a slang term for being released from jail, which just happened to JT as she was released to a halfway house following a prison stint. She’d completed more than 13 months of her two-year sentence on fraudulent credit card charges, according to a report by Revolt.
Brown then went on to quote-tweet JT.
“my birthday is 12/3 what are y’all getting me! y’all need my P.O. Box?” her tweet read.
“Check your DM; period,” was his response.
The turn of events obviously caused some confusion amongst his followers,with one user asking, “Are you engaged now? Two days ago you were looking for a date!” followed by a clown face emoji.
Before Brown deleted the tweet, there were no signs that his fanbase was pleased that he may have unexpectedly decided to get engaged.
Kyriss has been Brown’s long-term on-and-off girlfriend, and gave birth to three sons — Autonomy in 2014, Ali in 2015 and Apollo in 2017 — according to Essentially Sports. It’s unclear how the couple’s relationship was affected by the allegations made by Britney Taylor against Brown, as the former Pittsburgh Steeler was the target of a lawsuit that alleged he had assaulted her three times previously, according to Heavy.
The allegations played a major role in Brown’s current absence from the NFL, as he was released by the New England Patriots after playing only a single game in the aftermath of the drama. His move to New England came after a turbulent summer that saw him traded from the Pittsburgh Steelers to the Oakland Raiders, before he was ultimately released due to his dysfunctional relationship with Raiders’ management.