Antonio Brown: “I absolutely regret the Facebook Live situation”

AP

Steelers receiver Antonio Brown did his best to apologize and move on today after his bizarre decision to broadcast the Steelers’ postgame locker room on social media on Sunday.

“I absolutely regret the Facebook Live situation,” Brown said. “It’s a total distraction to the organization. A total distraction to my teammates. Obviously disrespect to my coach. I’ve got utmost respect to my coach so I totally regret that.”

Brown said he had hoped to give fans the opportunity to join in with the team’s celebration of its win over the Chiefs.

“I’m human. I make mistakes. But as a man I own up to those mistakes. I was excited in the moment and wanted to give the fans the experience after the game,” Brown said.

Asked if he expects to be disciplined for what he did, Brown answered, “That will be between me and the NFL.”

Asked if he has a contract with Facebook, Brown said, “It’s top secret.”

Brown appeared chastened by the comments of Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, who called Brown’s actions “selfish” and “foolish.” And Brown sounded ready to put his focus for the rest of the week on facing the Patriots.

58 responses to “Antonio Brown: “I absolutely regret the Facebook Live situation”

  1. Lesson to be learned AB. Social media can be a cruel sword. Ask yourself, even though you are an athlete celebrity, does the world really want to know your daily moves?

  2. Now when the steelers get beat, which they were going to anyway, Brown will be blamed. These guys really are dumb sometimes.

  3. It was stupid, but nowhere near the controversy the media wants to make of it. Bulletin board material my foot! Any team that uses Tomlin’s words as “motivation” has bigger problems to worry about, IMO.

  4. Play lights out and all will be forgotten. (well maybe not from the league office, but everybody else)
    Play like Beckham did and it will never go away.

  5. the only people who have not already moved on from this non-story are the media. like the psycho ex-girlfriend who won’t stop calling you…

  6. He certainly didn’t regret it while he was doing it. He looked like a grinning idiot. I thought he was a pretty sharp guy before I saw that video. My perception of him has been forever changed.

  7. In Browns defense, he probably didn’t know Tomlin would call the Patriots the derogatory name. He figured the recording would inspire the teams fans.

  8. I’ll never forget the look on his face while starring into the camera, like it was some crazy new technology.

  9. Now this is how you apologize for your actions: in front of cameras and answer questions. No one but the most gullible buys the fake non-apology apologies written by agents and PR teams that are normally released in the player’s name.

  10. varangia says:
    Jan 18, 2017 5:21 PM
    In Browns defense, he probably didn’t know Tomlin would call the Patriots the derogatory name. He figured the recording would inspire the teams fans.

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    I think you are missing the point. That kind of talk, or I assume waaaaaaay worse is said after every game.

    I don’t think anyone cares on the Patriots or the Steelers that Tomlin called the Patriots names.

    It’s still a massive distraction though as AB broke the NFL rules publicly and he and Tomlin are obviously spending considerable time dealing with it.

    AB may play well, but he and Tomlin are at least a little bit less prepared than they could have been.

  11. mezanine10 says:
    Jan 18, 2017 5:23 PM
    No corner on the Pats can cover AB.

    ______________

    Which is why they will double him. Ryan will get the assignment with safety help, leaving Butler alone with HB. It’s gonna be a hell of a game.

  12. Say or think what you please but Brown is a textbook reason why Mark Zuckerberg is a billionaire at such a young age. Hopeless people are the cement foundation of Facebook.

  13. lmao

    if ryan and mcourty take out brown, which they will, and butler takes out the soft heyward/bey, that means the pats d can dictate where the ball goes (rogers in the slot or to jesse james).

    not good if you are a steelers fan

    expect a lot of 3 and outs

  14. Once again the media blows up something trivial and makes it an annoyance to players and coaches on both teams. Congrats, media! Keep doing a bang up job at peddling your garbage stories.

  15. Yes, the Pats are cheating A-holes. That is not a news flash. So with that being true and something we already know, time let this go and move on already

  16. Antonio Brown made a mistake, was called out and apologized for his actions. That should no longer be the focus. The focus should be on why the coach who so prominently displays that big gold cross on his chest for millions to see on national TV each week, then says things like he said when he believes the outside world will not hear. Trying to create a positive impression in public then acting like that in private shows a complete lack of integrity. Tomlin’s words were not heinous, that kind of talk goes on all the time. Pushing the cross in everyone’s face, then acting in the opposite manner is hypocritical. Would Tony Dungy speak that way because the cameras were off? Doubtful. #crosspretender

  17. It shows you if you are a great player , you will get a slap on the wrist, if it was the steelers 50 to 53 rd player he would have been cut immediately, or at the very least suspended for the afc championship game!

  18. So after I heard about all this, I went on Antonio Brown’s Facebook page. There was a postgame FB Live broadcast on there from a previous game that had Mike Tomlin talking into the camera. So he may not have been aware he was being filmed during that speech last Sunday, but he can’t claim he didn’t know about this habit.

  19. He is a man….he apologizes when he’s told too……ne also respects his coach so much he didn’t bother listening to a word he said after the game. The way he was looking at himself I don’t think he even had fans in mind……..AB loves him some AB and that’s it!

  20. sherry4002 says:
    Jan 18, 2017 6:36 PM
    It shows you if you are a great player , you will get a slap on the wrist, if it was the steelers 50 to 53 rd player he would have been cut immediately, or at the very least suspended for the afc championship game!
    ================

    And this should surprise…anyone?
    Bueller…Bueller.

  21. Antonio Brown is a brand now, he only plays football for the opportunities that are presented to him outside the locker room. He is probably good for one more big contract, then he will collect his signing bonus, play a couple of years and the retire to “spend more time with his family” and move to Hollywood where “Bidness will be BOOMING!”

  22. It was a harmless mistake, but the Steelers should fine him $50k. Brown created an unnecessary distraction during the playoffs and fining him sets a precedent so others know not to do it.

  23. This will be a great game…as long as Big Ben doesn’t have one of those “I think I’ll throw 5 picks today” games that he seems to have very randomly.

  24. chazthespaz says:
    Jan 18, 2017 7:53 PM

    Steelers are a real team. They don’t have a prim donna at qb and they don’t cry.

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    Now lets see what someone with more credibility says…

    The 5 Toughest Guys I’ve Ever Faced
    • Toughest Offensive Tackle: Trent Williams
    • Toughest Quarterback: Tom Brady
    • Toughest Running Back: Chris Ivory
    • Toughest Tight End: Rob Gronkowski
    • Toughest Head Coach: Bill Belichick

    –Von Miller (Linebacker / Denver Broncos)

  25. It’s not about what Tomlin said. It’s not that AB filmed live in the locker room.

    What this IS about, is that he felt quite comfortable in doing so. What this IS about, is that Tomlin simply does NOT have control of his team. He never has. They do what they want. I saw the video. Many players were off, away from Tomlin who had already CALLED them over to make his speech, while no less than 1/3 of the team were comfortable doing their own thing. Control, or lack thereof of your players, manifests itself in many ways. Penalties, poor special teams play, missed opportunities, underperforming in games against sub .500 teams and now, obnoxious social media antics. Edelman hit the nail on the head when he said, “That’s how that team is run”. Oh, and I’m a 40 year Steeler fan. I just happen to be objective and an old school football purist.

  26. of the big three AB is the most replaceable; a FA like Desean jackson would allow the steelers to no longer renogtiate AB’s deal every few years, and be a stopgap while they find a replacement; the steelers are fantastic at identifying, and developing WRs. Tony Brown you are a blockhead.

  27. Kid made a mistake and apologized for it, what else do you guys want from him his first born? if this is the worst mistake he makes as a football player I can live with it….time to beat the Pats….

  28. Brown will play great Sunday. Though I will acknowledge that the Pats secondary has the advantage overall vs the Steelers receiving core, Bell will play a prominent role in the pass game this week too. Who’s gonna cover him? The Steelers thrive in the underdog role and typically stink as the favorite. This could be a classic game.

  29. Who cares? Come Sunday two great franchises will meet yet again.

    Unfortunately although I’m a Patriots fan I think we’re looking at a Steelers – Packers SB. Pennsylvania and Wisconsin delivered for Trump. It’s THEIR year. Now these two football teams are staging a similar comeback.

  30. Might actually turn out to work in his favor, he wrote a check for the entire organization, now he has to go out on Sunday and play out of this world in New England.

  31. Tomlin and the steelers are all talk. AB majorly breached locker room etiquette. Unless they bench him a quarter on Sunday to really set a precedent, all respect is lost.

  32. Have not been a big Tomlin fan. It’s well recorded. But he handled this very well. It’s about time. Now go get ’em.

  33. chazthespaz says:
    Jan 18, 2017 7:53 PM
    Steelers 24
    Pats 21

    Steelers are a real team. They don’t have a prim donna at qb and they don’t cry.

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    They have a rapist and their coach not only whines incessantly, but he personally tries to trip players on the opposing team to prevent them from scoring

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