Antonio Brown apologizes for “the noise and the distractions”

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Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown was on the receiving end of critical words from coach Mike Tomlin and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on Tuesday because of the sideline outburst last Sunday that saw him knock over a Gatorade bucket.

Roethlisberger called Brown’s behavior “a distraction that none of us really need” during a radio interview while Tomlin said things like that “shouldn’t happen.” On Wednesday, Brown, who previously expressed “no regrets” about what happened, responded to those comments via Twitter.

Roethlisberger was talking about Brown again on Wednesday and said he hadn’t spoken to the wideout since the radio interview, but that he was “sure” Brown had gotten the message that Roethlisberger feels he was responsible for delivering.

“I like to think as a leader of this team, it’s kind of my job,” Roethlisberger said, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “You have to be able to talk to people and communicate in different ways.”

Roethlisberger chose the public forum as the way to communicate his feelings about Brown in this case and Brown’s tweet suggests he’s right about the wideout getting the message he was trying to send.

30 responses to “Antonio Brown apologizes for “the noise and the distractions”

  1. Didn’t he apologize last year too? Belichick would have traded him, the Steelers don’t have the guts.

  2. Belichick would have traded him??? Belichick signed players with known issues, such as Randy Moss, and NE also signed Blount right after the Steelers kicked him off the team for pouting and leaving the field before the game was over because he was mad he did not play.

  3. can someone tell me why Mike Tomlin hates scoring points? This guy starts running the play clock down to 0 in the 2nd quarter with a 3 point lead. I’d be pissed if I was AB too

  4. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    October 4, 2017 at 12:41 pm
    Didn’t he apologize last year too? Belichick would have traded him, the Steelers don’t have the guts.

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    What would your Jets have done?

  5. It’s rare these days for someone to admit when they were wrong. I’ll take it!
    (just as long as someone doesn’t call him a “hero” for doing what they are suppose to do.)

  6. Don’t think he’s reached trading point yet. He’s still very productive. But at this point, it’s pretty obvious he’s not the team first guy he’d like people to think he is. Ben has the power. Stop looking his way 10 – 15 times per game. He’ll get the message.

  7. Don’t really understand the media craze around this. Their best player is a competitor who wants the ball and they won. Confused as to how this is still a story.

  8. cbass59 says:
    October 4, 2017 at 12:46 pm
    Belichick would have traded him??? Belichick signed players with known issues, such as Randy Moss, and NE also signed Blount right after the Steelers kicked him off the team for pouting and leaving the field before the game was over because he was mad he did not play

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    Both guys were perfect citizens during their stay in NE. Well almost – Moss was perfect until his post-game podium rant about his contract. I think he lasted about another 48 hours before getting shipped off to Min. So, if BB would ship future HOFer Randy Moss out of town, what makes you think he wouldn’t have the stones to do the same to ABaby?

  9. ballhawk20 says:
    October 4, 2017 at 12:53 pm
    Don’t really understand the media craze around this. Their best player is a competitor who wants the ball and they won. Confused as to how this is still a story.

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    I’ll explain it to you. First of all, the media didn’t create this story, Antonio Brown created it when he went to the bench and knocked over the Gatorade and acted like a spoiled kid.
    And, you never show up your QB because he didn’t see you when you were wide open, especially a QB with Hall Of Fame credentials like Roethlisberger has.
    So — this is all on Brown and Tomlin and Big Ben were right to voice their displeasure with his actions.
    Finally, Brown is one of the best WR’s in the league. But he plays WR and Big Ben plays QB, which is by far the toughest position to play in the NFL. Brown should remember that the next time he doesn’t get a pass thrown his way that he thinks he should have gotten. He can remember that the next time he drops a pass, too, which he undoubtedly will.

  10. Belichick signed players with known issues, such as Randy Moss, and NE also signed Blount right after the Steelers kicked him off the team for pouting and leaving the field before the game was over because he was mad he did not play.
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    The difference is these players actually behaved in New England, and if they didn’t then they were gone. Blount was never an issue in NE. Moss got a bad attitude eventually and they immediately traded him. Even Talib behaved himself for the time he was there.

    I don’t know that Belichick would trade away one of the best players in the entire league like brown. But it’s reasonable to think he’s enough of a disciplinarian that it either wouldnt happen again or the player would be gone.

    Not that it’s necessarily bad for the steelers for brown to show a little frustration, but it’s also reasonable to think it wouldn’t happen on NE. Again, that’s up to interpretation if it’s worse to have someone get upset or to have such a strict team, but to say NE has players with “known issues” is stupid considering those players either get rid of their bad behaviours or they’re gone in NE.

  11. And Belichick once spiked a Surface when it crashed during a game. Tons of coaches have thrown headsets, clip boards, etc. It’s an emotional sport filled with high pressure decisions and plays that affect games, which affect careers. This is what makes it compelling. If you think a dude knocking over a cooler is anywhere near as disruptive as most of the team hiding from the anthem in a tunnel, you must be one of our new arrival posters whose job is apprently to tell actual football fans to get lost.

  12. He shouldn’t apologize for being competitive as long as he doesn’t make a habit of it. Ben didn’t show leadership by discussing this in a public forum versus speaking with AB man to man, like he was publicly blasting AB for not doing. Not a Steelers fan, but Ben is publicly blasting his teammates and that does not equal good leadership, whether AB was right or wrong.

    Plenty of teams would gladly take AB on their roster, so if Pittsburgh makes that mistake, please send him to KC.

  13. Ill take a Gatorade smash over a 15 yard penalty any day. Besides, who is to say he wasnt making a statement against the sugary drink industry? You know like – “Curse you for causing morbid obesity!” smash!

  14. Kaepernick should take note…

    When you’re wrong, you apologize instead of doubling down on your stupidity…

  15. What is it about some of the Steelers? Ben the drama queen and AB the apologist. Having said that, there are plenty of guys I respect including Alejandro Villanueva of course and James Harrison – who said he wouldn’t piss on Roger Goodell if Roger was on fire.

  16. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    October 4, 2017 at 12:41 pm
    Didn’t he apologize last year too? Belichick would have traded him, the Steelers don’t have the guts…
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    No. Belichick, former DC of your Jets and even, briefly, your Jets Head Coach would not have traded Brown. Belichick may sit any player who had such an outburst for the rest of that game, and maybe not activate the player for the next game, but your Jets former DC would not trade the player.

  17. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:

    October 4, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    Didn’t he apologize last year too? Belichick would have traded him, the Steelers don’t have the guts

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    Complete. Homer. Bias.
    So when Brady yells and screams at players and coaches on the sideline and field are you calling for Belicheck to trade him? No it’s excused as, “passion” and “leadership”. Are you calling for an apology for showing up teammates? Of course not. Get over yourself. AB is the best WR in the game, has an insatiable work ethic and like most athletes, a huge ego. He wants his and he gets selfish at times. I’m not excusing it, but I’m not calling for him to he traded either.

  18. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:

    “Didn’t he apologize last year too?
    Belichick would have traded him, the Steelers don’t have the guts.”

    Ha! You obviously meant to say Belichick would love to trade for him.

  19. @jetsfan4life1timesbchamps says:
    October 4, 2017 at 12:41 pm
    Didn’t he apologize last year too? Belicheck would have traded him, the Steelers don’t have the guts.
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    nice try jets fan!!!

  20. Classic case of a very self-centered and selfish diva who thinks he can do no wrong unless he’s called out on it privately and publicly. His initial reaction was of “no regrets” and that teammates supported his tantrum. Uh no, Antonio. They were embarrassed and upset but just didn’t say anything

  21. Yeah, there’s all kind of remorse from AB now.

    Transferred from the buyers’ remorse that all his new sponsors have now. Maybe they thought they were buying in to a Larry Fitzgerald model but the video of him with water cooler and screaming at his offensive coordinator tells a different story. Could be they are checking their “out clauses” this week.

  22. Drug test him. Antonio’s extreme over-reaction to not being thrown the ball on that play attracted attention. Yes, all wide receivers are divas but he was out of control. Something is wrong with the guy.

  23. Belichick signed players with known issues, such as Randy Moss, and NE also signed Blount right after the Steelers kicked him off the team for pouting
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    The point is, they were choir boys while on Belichick’s team regardless of what kind of monkey-moonshines they pulled while on undisciplined teams.

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