Antonio Brown is a heck of a player, who wants to help the team at every turn. However, he tried to do it all during Sunday's loss to the New England Patriots and wound up costing the team.
According to Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Network, Brown pouted while the rest of his teammates celebrated the team's first touchdown score, a run by DeAngelo Williams. The star wide receiver appeared to be open in the back of the end zone on the play prior and was reportedly unhappy when coming off the field that
Kinkhabwala noted that Big Ben was forced to talk to Brown on the sidelines after the play, wasting time that could have been better spent planning with offensive coordinator Todd Haley.
Kinkhabwala adds that this type of behaviour is "nothing new" from Brown, who has been accused of making selfish decisions above the needs of the team in the past. Mike Tomlin was reportedly forced to talk to the wideout last year about chasing individual statistics over the good of the team, telling him his focus should be on winning Super Bowls and not himself.
Just a week before this incident, Brown embarrassed himself and the team by posting a live video on Facebook of the team's locker room after their divisional round win. In the video, which lasted 17 minutes long, Tomlin can be heard calling the Patriots "assholes".
Brown reportedly has a six-figure marketing deal with Facebook and was directed by the social media giant to broadcast the video. The Steelers fined him $10,000 for his actions, and Tomlin labelled his actions "selfish."
With Le'Veon Bell remaining healthy throughout the season, the Steelers adopted a run-first offense this season, causing Brown's numbers to drop significantly. He still managed to record 106 catches and 1,284 yards, but these were his lowest stats since 2012.
How the team chooses to address Brown's attitude moving forward has yet to be seen.
Source: NFL Network · Photo Credit: Images Courtesy of Keystone Press