During a chaotic off-season for Antonio Brown, the All-Pro wide-receiver took time to congratulate an iconic sports radio host on a great career. In exchange for a $500 fee, Brown made a 22-second video acknowledging Mike Francesa.
Using the online service, Cameo, patrons are able to purchase personalized shoutouts from a variety of A, B and C-list celebrities, Antonio Brown included. The video for Francesa was written, requested and paid for by Gregg Giannotti, co-host of WFAN’s morning show with Boomer Esiasion. Gio made the most out of his 22 seconds, getting the Raiders new wide-receiver to congratulate Mike with satirical references.
“Mike, I wanted to congratulate you on a great career, for being No. 1 for so long. I hope this message doesn’t put you to sleep like Sweeny did. But, no, for real, you’re the Sports Pope. Congrats on your success on your app. I hear subscribers are booming. Mike, you’re the best brother.”
Giannotti shared the video on Twitter and while he didn’t tag Francesa in the post, the Sports Pope undoubtedly was made aware of Brown’s message. Gio and Francesa already have a recent history of butting heads and this peace offering probably didn’t help the afternoon host warm up to Giannotti. Late last year, fed up with Gio’s constant impressions of him, Francesa ripped the morning host’s talent level.
“Giannotti, he is short on ability, I’m sorry, I’m sick of the impressions, I listened to them this morning they stink,” said Mike last November.
“What he is, is an insecure bully who thinks those things are going to affect me and it just doesn’t,” Gio responded the next morning.
It’s doubtful the video made Francesa laugh, but reigniting a radio war might not be a bad idea for the iconic WFAN host in the midst of his ratings battle with The Michael Kay Show.