Brown clapped back at former Steelers PR employee Ryan Scarpino, who tweeted about Brown on Sunday night following Pittsburgh's loss.
It is worth noting at this point that Brown was one of very few Steelers to publicly back Bell when he did not show up to the facility prior to the team's Week 1 game, while almost the entire offensive line and front office criticized Bell in the media. The report says there's been no confirmation about whether he was given an excused absence but indicates that multiple sources did not know where Brown was. Joining running back Le'Veon Bell on the absentee list is now star wide receiver Antonio Brown.
Brown caught nine passes for 67 yards in a 42-37 loss to Kansas City on Sunday that dropped Pittsburgh to 0-1-1.
Yet Brown has struggled at times to keep his emotions in check, be it on social media or on the sideline. I'd just as soon leave all of those things in-house.
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Tomlin downplayed Brown's sideline behaviour, calling "negative exchanges" the byproduct of not playing well as a whole. That's player relations. I'm not getting into what happens in that gray atmosphere out there among people where there is very little accountability and things of that nature. "I'm not going to utilize this forum to address such things". I understand all that. "I think he enjoys being here". There's opportunity for us to respond to it, particularly in the early portions of the year, to utilize negative experiences and things that occur, to educate our team at this point in the journey so it becomes a non-factor as we move forward, that's generally the approach that we take. "I give Randy a lot of credit not losing it on him".
"I'm focused on real legitimate things".
Add Brown to this pile and it's a rough time to be a Steelers fan.
Every player, however, has not regularly forced the Steelers to either reprimand him - Brown drew a strong rebuke from Tomlin after livestreaming a locker room celebration following a playoff victory over Kansas City in 2017 - or issue an apology, as the club did last week when Brown threatened an ESPN reporter on Twitter for the way he was portrayed in a story.