Antonio Brown Wasn't At The Steelers Facility For Monday Meetings

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown didn't show up for work on Monday after the Steelers' 42-37 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, which might not be as big of a red flag if it hadn't been for his tweet Monday morning. Secondly, yesterday he had a personal matter. When Steelers coach Mike Tomlin spoke to the media later on Tuesday, he confirmed that Brown was indeed absent on Monday. "I think he enjoys being here".

The context of that answer suggests he allowed at least a little of the dirt to slip through the screen door, because there would be no reason for Tomlin to discuss an excused absence with one of his most prominent employees.

"There's been a couple of instances now where you've asked me about Antonio regarding some social media-like things".

"Like I said last week, I'm not going to openly talk about a lot of things that occur in social media".

Things that make you go hmmmm.

Tomlin said he won't comment directly on player happenings on social media, which features "gray area" and "very little accountability", but he made clear players should be held to a higher standard.

"He's been a significant reason why we've been successful around here", Tomlin said of Brown. There were some negative exchanges on the sideline. "I understand all that", Tomlin said. That's frustrating associated with not playing well and not winning.

That loss and that tie came after an offseason where quarterback Ben Roethlisberger called out the organization for drafting a quarterback in the third round. Cameras caught him venting in the second half against Kansas City, and when Roethlisberger dived into the end zone for a 3-yard score that drew the Steelers within five points on Sunday, Brown walked slowly off the field while his teammates celebrated.

Brown and Roethlisberger have connected for an NFL-record five consecutive 100-catch seasons together, and Brown now leads the National Football League with 33 targets, resulting 18 catches for 160 yards and one touchdown. "He's a competitor, and he wants to be the best in the world, and he probably is the best in the world".

  • Stacy Allen