Mike Tomlin acknowledges Antonio Brown was a no-show on Monday

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Steelers coach Mike Tomlin clearly would have preferred to say nothing about receiver Antonio Brown‘s absence from work on Monday. Instead, he said as little as possible.

During his weekly Tuesday press conference, Tomlin was asked whether Brown showed up on Monday.

“He was not,” Tomlin said. “I’m looking forward to visiting with him today and discussing that and other things.”

Tomlin declined to get into any details, including whether the absence was excused. Which clearly means it wasn’t.

The coach also said he’ll address Brown’s Monday “trade me” tweet with the player directly, explaining that he doesn’t believe that a press conference is the forum for talking about it.

Asked whether Brown has asked to be traded, Tomlin had one word: “No.”

Brown will probably he hearing more than one word from Tomlin, and it will be very interesting to see whether Brown’s recent misadventures on social media and elsewhere will end or continue.

114 responses to “Mike Tomlin acknowledges Antonio Brown was a no-show on Monday

  1. Honestly this team has been more than patient with AB. He needs to shut up. I dont care about arguing with the OC on the sidelines, but not showing up, that’s something that is indefensible.

  2. AB cares about AB and nothing else.
    then again, he plays in the NFL, it is always about ‘me’ in the biggest team sport there is today.
    hard to understand and getting even harder to tolerate.

  3. As a life long Steelers fan, I can say that, without a doubt, I am fed up to the eyeballs with Tomlin, and the diva personalities that the Steelers are drafting as of late. Not going to stop rooting for them, but it’s getting harder and harder to look past the BS. It’s obvious that Tomlin, long ago, lost control of this team. I hope they fire the entire staff, except for Munchak, and make him HC.

  4. Wow, the wheels are falling off the bus. 0-2, their top running back, and now their top receiver have jumped off.

    Maybe they should have just cut Bell, instead of tagging him 2x and causing him to be a huge distraction.

  5. The diva WR mentality strikes again, that’s probably why he’s tweeting about getting traded. I’m guessing he’s upset his teammates are outpreforming him stats wise, because Antonio Brown is the focal point of the defenses and he is helping the team this way, by allowing other skill players to thrive, but he isn’t getting the limelight right now. Tell your sob story about not getting credit to a nose tackle Antonio and get back to work, your team needs you. Don’t put yourself in the running for worst teammate of the year like Vontae Davis.

  6. Just a hunch, but I think the Roethlisberger retirement talk will heat up again. He obviously isn’t much of a leader, and I doubt he really wants to be a babysitter either.

  7. I can see Tomlin fired by mid-season and Bell traded for defensive help. Can’t have all this crap going on all season long. Something has to give.

  8. Mike Tomlin is clearly in command and has this team buttoned up and ready to take care of business. On second thought, scratch that and just #FireMikeTomlin or it will be more of the same mismanaged, non-disciplined circus in that locker room. Tomlin has completely lost this team.

  9. I don’t think Brown’s “trade me” tweet was that big of a deal. Same with Bud Dupree’s tweet. It is just human nature to defend yourself when someone criticizes you. You would think that professional athletes making millions and MILLIONS of dollars could just ignore the “you suck” types of tweets from the average Joe but unfortunately they can’t. I don’t get it but that is the world we live in.

  10. Conner is outplaying Bell, and JuJu is outplaying Brown. It should be a good problem to have, yet Tomlin can’t get out of his own way. Ironic.

  11. Burn baby burn. Maybe Benny baby will retire early.
    Glad to see this and the Patriots gambling on Josh Gordon.
    The haters, especially the Steelers, are strangely quiet.
    I guess thinking how BB cheated and the Steelers were victims.
    HAHAHAHAHA.
    Go Pats

  12. Tomlin will somehow try to spin this into a positive. He’s ultra competitive, not worried about his mindset yada yada yada. And the nursery school know as the Steelers locker room will continue status quo.

  13. Foolish bandwagon suck ups walking around in Gordon and Bryant shirts, adult men no less. I guess when you never played or accomplished anything in the game this suffices

  14. AB and LB are the 2 biggest divas in the NFL and unfortunately they’re on my favorite team. Can we get Bell to sign his tender and then package him and AB for conditional 7th rd draft picks??

  15. Brown was angry at the fans, and he seemed unable to distinguish between fans and his employer. He takes out his anger on his employer since he cannot confront any fans.

  16. scorpion42 says:

    September 18, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    Burn baby burn. Maybe Benny baby will retire early.
    Glad to see this and the Patriots gambling on Josh Gordon.
    The haters, especially the Steelers, are strangely quiet.
    I guess thinking how BB cheated and the Steelers were victims.
    HAHAHAHAHA.
    Go Pats”

    Unintentioal irony is the best. The Pats gambling on a guy with an 8 year history of substance abuse and not being a team player is great. AB not showing up for meetings one day is a fire.
    Talking about haters while you laugh and mock another team.
    Man I could could go on all day…

  17. Trade him to Buffalo so he really can see how the other half live. Get a high 1 and maybe a 2 for him and rebuild the defense. Better yet, trade Bell as well to Detroit.

  18. no worries, mike – not much you can do to change grown men anyway. this is what happens when you don’t clean house in the off-season. this team is 1 lit match away from a dumpster fire.

  19. But….ESPN told me all year it was the Patriots that were in chaos and disarray, and that they hated their coach, and were melting down, and players wanted to leave and retire. Why would ESPN lie to me?

  20. .
    Steelers fans may loathe Belichick and the Patriots. However, they should admire the way they run a distraction free operation.
    Can you ever imagine the Bell/Brown situations percolating in Foxboro?
    .

  21. crownofthehelmet says:
    September 18, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    This will make the SB victory that much sweeter for the Steelers.
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    Why would it make the Patriots SB victory sweeter?

  22. You bench AB for the first quarter. Juju, Washington, Jesse James, Connor can carry the load against a poor Bucs defense. If he keeps this up you put him on the trading block. Enough antics. The Steelers have proven they can develop WRs with no problem whatsoever. Best WR development team in the league. A high 1st round pick could really help that defense. I’m just sick of the drama.

  23. The Steelers are facing the same issue as the Colts with Manning, the Ravens with Flacco, when a one or a few players have huge contracts, the team sucks for the most part. Ben is older or in other words an old qb, Brown gets a huge contract, there is 14 + million waiting for a temperamental running back.
    Even if Tomlin was a good coach, he cannot fix this mess.

  24. Pittsburgh is going to have to rebuild soon, Ben will be gone. Move theses guys now for multiple picks and start it now. 2 seasons you’ll be back……otherwise, who knows?

  25. All the fan fans say pay L Bell, he’ll be a team player when he gets paid
    or he could be AB and still be unhappy and a disruption.

  26. All that money they paid Brown and that he stands to make on his contract and this is how he acts? Just another immature child in a man’s body.

  27. I can see Tomlin fired by mid-season and Bell traded for defensive help. Can’t have all this crap going on all season long. Something has to give.

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    How do you trade someone that isn’t on your roster? Bell has to sign the tag to be eligible to be traded.

  28. @blah773 says:

    “this team is 1 lit match away from a dumpster fire.”

    Tomlin: “I’m looking forward to visiting with him today and discussing that and other things” . . . “But first let me get my matches!”

    Dude Tomlin lost control of this team, along with any respect that the players might have had for him, long ago. Pittsburgh really could benefit from going through a rebuild . . . when you have a RB who you won’t take care of and sits out year over year, a WR who isn’t showing up for work, an offensive line that is openly critical of their star RB for making a smart business decision and and a QB who cries and refuses to tutor a rookie when the team looks to succession planning at the most important position, there really isn’t many positions left that have openly and publicly shown their utter lack of respect for the HC!

  29. Isn’t this the definition of “Conduct detrimental to the league” subject to suspension/loss of pay? Speaking of which, where has the phantom menace commish been hiding since the Draft?

  30. ninerfan81 says:
    September 18, 2018 at 1:11 pm
    They paid the wrong guy…also…when are we going to start talking about Ben’s interceptions

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    You mean the 450 yard game and 3 touchdowns and no interceptions just acouple days ago?

  31. This is typically the undoing of most “players coaches“. Eventually, the players realize they can pretty much do whatever they want if they are good enough, And with no leader ship at the top to reign them in, eventually things spiral out of control. Tomlin has lasted longer than the average for this type of coach, but I definitely think his days are numbered.

  32. 29 targets through 2 games and he’s still not happy. Sounds like someone has a little bit of “Ju Ju“ jealousy.

  33. kuechlyisabeast says:
    September 18, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    I can see Tomlin fired by mid-season and Bell traded for defensive help. Can’t have all this crap going on all season long. Something has to give.
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    How do you trade someone that isn’t on your roster? Bell has to sign the tag to be eligible to be traded.
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    Is this a serious question, or does someone not understand the basic concept where the Steelers have his rights, and that is what would be traded. It has nothing to do with whether he’s on an active roster or not. Recess is over, now get back to your sixth grade grammar.

  34. Bell hasn’t been suspended like Bryant was for drug use, but I think he should have been suspended for a game like Bryant last year for tweets. Bryant complained about JuJu getting more targets, Bell threatened a reporter which seems a lot worse.

    When Brown was repeatedly wearing non-regulation shoes, Tomlin’s response was along the lines of “what am I supposed to do, not play him?”. I think the answer is yes, sit him for a first quarter of a regular season game.

    So then you end up with the Facebook live situation which should have been a suspension, but now it hurts the team to suspend him for a playoff game.

    It seems that Tomlin should have addressed it previously to prevent current situation.

  35. If this isn’t a red flag for all teams looking at drafting or signing elite diva receivers, I don’t know what is. Time and time again these guys refuse to show up, hold out, pout on the sidelines, argue with coaches and spout off on twitter. JuJu is a darn good receiver, but in 3 years he’ll be the same way, he has that same attitude. Give me (slightly less productive) AJ Green or (a younger) Jordy Nelson any day of the week over these cancers.

  36. This is what happens when you have a cheerleader masquerading as a NFL head coach. Everyone is happy until they start getting beat then it’s everyone else’s fault they are aren’t winning. It will be fun watching this dumpster fire towards the end of the season when they get pushed out of the last wildcard slot by someone like the Dolphins or Chargers

  37. No problem — AB was just out being fitted for a new helmet. His head no longer fits in the one he’s been using.

  38. So he was upset about the guy running that story on him about his less-than-stellar image on Instagram because he felt it put him in a bad light. His decision to not show up for work isn’t going to help his image any. It makes him look like a whiney little brat.

  39. “Is this a serious question, or does someone not understand the basic concept where the Steelers have his rights, and that is what would be traded. It has nothing to do with whether he’s on an active roster or not. Recess is over, now get back to your sixth grade grammar.”

    As adamant and self confident as you are, you are still wrong. They can’t just trade him, they have his rights, but he is not under contract, so there is nothing to trade. He has to sign his tender to be traded and he’s not signing the tender. He also can’t play under a new contract until the start of next league year, which means he would still have to play under the tag for a new team, with a wink-nod agreement for a new deal at best, but no real security should he get hurt and that is the whole reason he isn’t signing the tag and showing up right now.

  40. and why wouldnt he pull this. being a dope fiend got gordon onto the best team in the afc. when there is no punishment for being a disruptive then you will have disruptions. and why isnt there a punishment? because everyone is too afraid of upsetting the players

  41. Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says:
    September 18, 2018 at 11:59 am
    Hmmm…(looks at the schedule, Steelers at Bucs this Monday night).

    Yeah, I think Tomlin should suspend AB for at least a week…

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    Tomlin doesn’t have the sack to bench Brown

  42. pats777 says:
    September 18, 2018 at 1:19 pm
    Isn’t this the definition of “Conduct detrimental to the league” subject to suspension/loss of pay? Speaking of which, where has the phantom menace commish been hiding since the Draft?

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    Awe poor Patriot fan. Honestly, when will you guys ever catch a break haha

  43. It is time for Tomlin to sprout a spine and deal Brown and Bell for future assets. Sends a signal to the remaining players that he’s serious about improving all aspects of the team. There’s a solid chance that the remaining teammates congeal and improve.

    There’s no chance the present environment is conducive to good play otherwise.

  44. Fred Garvin says:
    September 18, 2018 at 1:25 pm
    kuechlyisabeast says:
    September 18, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    I can see Tomlin fired by mid-season and Bell traded for defensive help. Can’t have all this crap going on all season long. Something has to give.
    _________________________________________________________________

    How do you trade someone that isn’t on your roster? Bell has to sign the tag to be eligible to be traded.
    *************************
    Is this a serious question, or does someone not understand the basic concept where the Steelers have his rights, and that is what would be traded. It has nothing to do with whether he’s on an active roster or not. Recess is over, now get back to your sixth grade grammar.
    =======

    You are pretty arrogant for someone who happens to be completely wrong. The CBA does not allow players rights to be traded. This isn’t the NBA. They absolutely cannot trade him until his signs his tender.

  45. Whoever produces the ‘House Wives TV Shows’should probably call the Steelers.

    I’d watch the show. Drama never ends with the Steelers

  46. kenmasters34 says:
    September 18, 2018 at 12:41 pm
    Wow, the wheels are falling off the bus. 0-2, their top running back, and now their top receiver have jumped off.
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    Not wishing to be pedantic, but they’re 0-1-1 not 0-2.

  47. steelpenguin6687 says:

    As a life long Steelers fan, I can say that, without a doubt, I am fed up to the eyeballs with Tomlin, and the diva personalities that the Steelers are drafting as of late. Not going to stop rooting for them, but it’s getting harder and harder to look past the BS. It’s obvious that Tomlin, long ago, lost control of this team. I hope they fire the entire staff, except for Munchak, and make him HC.
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    As a 60 year Steeler fan I agree 100%. I don’t know how anything can get done. Singular agendas, prima donnas, diva, whiner/complainer, no show/quitter…… Nothing but bitch/drama/bitch/whine/complain. These guys can’t get out of their own way. The NFL creates it’s own drama that is difficult to swallow. Being a fan of these guys this long makes it more bitter. At least my Steeler jersey says LAMBERT on the back when LB thought QB should wear skirts. That was a league!

  48. Pittsburgh’s been stuck in “squandering” mode for too long and are missing their window of opportunity. They never got past the Pats and now the Chiefs and Jags are flying by them, outdoing them at their own game.

    It’s taken years of cultivation to turn this team into this. Not sure anything can turn it around quickly enough.

  49. Fine him a game check for not showing up for work. He didn’t show up so he quit. Reinstate him after a week off.

  50. This all reminds me of about 5 years ago when Mike Wallace flamed out in Pittsburgh over money, and they gave the big paycheck to AB instead. AB went on to become one of the best WR’s in the league.

    If AB flames out, then Juju is waiting in the wings
    If Le’veon flames out, then Conner is waiting.

    All the tumult will be enough to sink this season and possibly Tomlin, but the Steelers will be back next year as a dangerous team.

  51. Antonio ain’t happy ‘cuz the Patriots took Josh Gordon instead of him lol — which means he’s given up on Big Ben hahaha

  52. “weepingjebus says:
    Conner is outplaying Bell, and JuJu is outplaying Brown. ”

    Conner, the Conner that had 8 carries for 17 yards against KC?

  53. Great timing Antonio. Exactly the solution for all the distractions thus far.

    Granted, I know Fichtner is an unqualified hillbilly and our defense is horrid, but did you really have to pull a Dez Bryant/Terrell Owens/ Insert your Cowboy/ Move here?

    Idiot

  54. AB has a whopping 36 targets in 2 games. He’s on paxe for 144 receptions, which if he were to achieve would be an NFL record.

    If anything, Big Ben is forcing him the ball.

    But JuJu is making plays with his feet after the catch and AB hasn’t so far (mostly thanks to the attention he draws from the defense). Instead of being happy for a reliable threat opposite him, he is coming off as petty, insecure, and jealous.

    I can’t imagine Jerry Rice not showing up for work because John Taylor made a couple of big plays.

  55. The Steelers have been one of the best organizations in football for decades. They have always been a place which has welcomed players who are team-oriented and play hard. Unfortunately, many of these modern players are all about themselves and not the team. Case in point — Le’Veon Bell, Martavis Bryant, and Antonio Brown.
    These three clowns are all part of the reason that this organization has been on the decline. And their head coach shares some of the blame, too. Terry Bradshaw was not all wrong in his criticism of Mike Tomlin.

  56. Tomlin needs to go. But more than that, Keith Butler needs to go…the defense is awful and has been since they let Dick LeBeau go, or should I say, ran him out of town.

    AB and LB … divas who just cannot get out of their own way. This is what happens when there is no discipline.

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