Antonio Brown Skipped Steelers Team Meeting Monday Morning

Elena Summers
September 19, 2018

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.

Brown's Monday absence caused a firestorm of speculation that he was unhappy with the franchise.

At a news conference Tuesday, Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin confirmed that Brown was not at the Steelers' complex Monday but wouldn't say whether the absence was excused.

Pittsburgh once again finds itself with plenty of drama to distract from marginal play on the field. "When you're the best in the world, you want to help participate, you want to win football games". That's frustration associated with not playing well and not winning.

Meanwhile, Brown has been off to yet another highly productive start with 18 catches for 160 receiving yards and a touchdown that has helped him push over 10,000 career receiving yards.

His "Trade me" tweet was his second social media flare-up in as many weeks. He just wants to win. "I think at some point, the coaches have to do their thing, but it also comes down to players doing theirs". Actually, that's probably why Brown is one of, if not, the best wide receiver in the game today and over the past five years. Roethlisberger isn't anxious about Brown's outburst on Sunday. "I'll address that, and I'll address that very directly with him".

"The tweet yesterday was not in reference to anything other than Antonio responding to a person he knows", Rosenhaus said. "I wouldn't overreact in any way in terms of what's transpiring with his usage, what people are doing to defend him". We'll see how things play out in the coming days.

"He's been a significant reason why we've been successful around here", Tomlin said of Brown.

Early in his opening monologue, Tomlin spelled out the difference between reaction and response: "Reaction is without thought, at times". We want to proceed with thought. If there were issues at that level, we'd have a lot more turnover there.

Brown's in-game behavior has always been a flashpoint.

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