The Pittsburgh Steelers revealed that they disciplined All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown for skipping practice on Monday, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said he and Brown met Tuesday to discuss the incident. No details were discussed on how Brown was disciplined.
“He and I met yesterday for an extended period of time,” Tomlin says. “I’ll leave the nature of that conversation between us. There was discipline involved for his missed meeting on Monday.”
Brown’s decision to not attend Monday’s practice stemmed from a series of controversial incidents, starting with an argument with offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner during Pittsburgh’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs this past weekend. After a former Steelers staffer said Brown was nothing without quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, Brown tweeted out “Trade me let’s find out.”
Tomlin’s comments also come out after quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s praise of the wideout.
“I think that he’s the best in the world,” he would say yesterday. “When you’re the best in the world, you want to help participate. … you want to win football games. We’re all a little frustrated that we’re not winning right now.”
This all follows Pittsburgh’s 0-1-1 start. Entering the season, many saw Pittsburgh rivaling the Patriots for the AFC crown. But two weeks later, and we have no idea. They didn’t look sharp against the Browns in Week 1. They put up points in Week 2, but couldn’t stop KC for the life of them. And it might not get much better this weekend.
Also, the team is still without their do-everything, All-World running back Le’Veon Bell. He refuses to sign his franchise tender and continues to hold out for a long-term contract. They’re now in danger of starting 0-2-1 when they host division rival Baltimore on Sunday night.
Can they get it together in time?