According to a report from Ed Bouchette and Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Antonio Brown did not show up to the Steelers' facility on Monday. This is a non-story that has been blown out of proportion.
There have been indications that Antonio Brown is upset with the way things have gone for the Pittsburgh Steelers over the first two weeks of the regular season, and that talk will only heat up after the star wide receiver reportedly skipped work on Monday. "I'm not going to utilize this forum to address such things".
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.
Brown's absence speaks to the extreme dysfunction taking place in Pittsburgh. I believe that, but maybe it's best for Brown not to talk about trades or being traded next time around so we don't get confused. I understand all that.
It is worth noting at this point that Brown was one of very few Steelers to publicly back Bell when he did not show up to the facility prior to the team's Week 1 game, while almost the entire offensive line and front office criticized Bell in the media. Seriously", Tomlin said. "We gave up a few big plays, we're playing a team that's big-play capable. "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". We haven't won a game yet.
The Brown drama reached a new level, though, when former team employee Ryan Scarpino tweeted that Brown was lucky to have Ben Roethlisberger as his quarterback and credited Roethlisberger for Brown's success in the league. Tuesday is considered an off day for the team. Tom Brady had a similar outburst on Sunday. I'll address that and address that very directly with him, but I'll leave that between he and I. "That's just how I choose to approach it". I think he was getting frustrated and he took it out on some people.