Everyone thought the Le'Veon Bell holdout was the biggest story to come out for the Pittsburgh Steelers. The report says there's been no confirmation about whether he was given an excused absence but indicates that multiple sources did not know where Brown was.
When Steelers coach Mike Tomlin spoke to the media later on Tuesday, he confirmed that Brown was indeed absent on Monday.
"He was not. I'm looking forward to visiting with him today and discussing that and some other things". Brown was visibly upset on the sidelines towards the end of Sunday's loss to the Chiefs, and did not stick around long in the locker room after the game.
If that wasn't bad enough, star wide receiver Antonio Brown was viewed on the sidelines blowing up at the offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner and it sure looked like he told him, "If you don't want me, send me somewhere else". That's player relations. I'm not getting into what happens in that gray atmosphere out there among people where there is very little accountability and things of that nature.
"I understand sometimes you got some negativity, you know, we lost a football game", Tomlin said.
"There's been a couple of instances now where you've asked me about Antonio regarding some social media-like things".
"It's important that we understand our position, the light that shines on us and the responsibility that comes with it", Tomlin said. I won't utilize this forum to address such things.
Also on Monday, Brown responded to a critical tweet from a Steelers fan by suggesting that the team trade him in order to find out if Brown would put up the same numbers with a different franchise. That's generally the approach we take in non-football things, such as social media, decorum, etc., and so hopefully this will be the last time I'll be discussing things such as that in this setting.
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.
"I think it's just frustration", Roethlisberger said.