Published: Wed, September 19, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Mike Tomlin confirms Antonio Brown was not at Steelers' facility on Monday

Mike Tomlin confirms Antonio Brown was not at Steelers' facility on Monday

When Antonio Brown sent out a tweet in which he said "trade me", he did it out of frustration and doesn't actually want to leave the Pittsburgh Steelers. Secondly, yesterday he had a personal matter.

The player widely considered the best receiver in football did not show up to the team's facility on Monday, head coach Mike Tomlin confirmed. I think this forum is a very professional one.

Tomlin declined to say whether Brown's absence was excused, though in the past Tomlin has typically offered an explanation when a player is out. There have been a couple of instances now where you've asked me about Antonio regarding some social media-like things. "I'm not going to get into the details of why he wasn't here, and whether he was excused, and all of those things". He tried his best to downplay the topic, saying that tweets take place "in that gray atmosphere out there among people where there's very little accountability and things of that nature".

Tomlin downplayed Brown's sideline behaviour, calling "negative exchanges" the byproduct of not playing well as a whole. "I understand all that", Tomlin said.

There is clearly no desire from Brown to being moved but it may just be him venting some frustrations with how his team has played through the first two weeks of the season now holding a 0-1-1 record. "And non-football-related things, such as social media decorum and et cetera, so hopefully that'll be the last time I'll be discussing things such as that in this setting". "Those are the real things".

It came just two days after a former Steelers staffer disparaged Brown on Twitter by noting that Ben Roethlisberger had made his career. Tuesday is considered an off day for the team. 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. "I give Randy a lot of credit not losing it on him". "We want to put together a good plan".

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