Sometimes, Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Antonio Brown has a lot to say. But last week, the All-Pro took things way too far. After ESPN’s The Undefeated published a story titled “Antonio Brown is an Instagram All-Pro. But is that the full picture?” last week, Brown went after its writer — Jesse Washington. And in a since-deleted tweet, said the following:
“wait to I see you bro we gone see what your jaw like.”
That’s not a great look. For what it’s worth though, Brown did issue an apology (via ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler) on Wednesday.
“I made a mistake in judgment with my tweet last week, and I apologize for that,” Brown says through the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “It is not OK to threaten anyone, and I need to be better spiritually and professionally. Though I do not agree with the negative parts of the story about my personal life, I need to have better control over my actions to use social media as a way to engage with my fans, rather than use it improperly.”
So, what did head coach Mike Tomlin have to say about it? Not much, actually. In fact, he doesn’t like to dwell on social media at all.
“ou know, we could talk all day about things that are online or on the internet or on social media,” Tomlin starts. “I just choose to stay away from it because it’s a waste of my time. There’s very little accountability, there’s very little journalistic integrity, etc. Guys say things they don’t mean. I talk to my teenagers about it all the time. Let’s keep it professional and in the real. I think that’s appropriate in this setting.”
So there you have it.
In the meantime, the Steelers are coming off an opening week tie (21-21) against the Cleveland Browns. They didn’t have halfback Le’Veon Bell over the weekend, and they’re unlikely to have him this weekend as well. James Conner did just fine in his absence though, racking up 192 total yards — more than all of last year (144) in his 14 appearances — and two touchdowns. Brown hauled in nine of his 16 targets for 93 yards, adding a touchdown along the way.
Can the Steelers get back on track against the Chiefs this weekend? More importantly, can everybody just calm down for five seconds?