What is going on with Antonio Brown and the Steelers?

The Pittsburgh wide receiver didn't show up to work on Monday.

Antonio Brown
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown makes a catch in a drill during an NFL football practice, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Pittsburgh. –AP Photo/Keith Srakocic

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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown didn’t show up for work on Monday after the Steelers’ 42-37 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, which might not be as big of a red flag if it hadn’t been for his tweet Monday morning.

Brown clapped back at former Steelers PR employee Ryan Scarpino, who tweeted about Brown on Sunday night following Pittsburgh’s loss.

Per ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Brown was caught in a heated confrontation with offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner, who later spoke to Brown while he was benched and was seen rubbing his head. Following the game, Brown hurriedly left the locker room prior to media availability.


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter Ed Bouchette said that head coach Mike Tomlin confirmed that Brown was not at the Steelers’ practice facility Monday, but would not elaborate on whether the absence was excused or not.

While Tomlin declined to discuss Brown’s tweet with reporters, he did say he would be meeting with Brown at some point on Tuesday.

Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Brown’s agent Drew Rosenhaus said that Brown’s tweet “was not in reference to anything other than Antonio responding to a person he knows. It was not directed towards a trade, or wanting to be trading. Any idea he was asking for a trade is not accurate. Antonio had a personal matter. I talked to the team about it. His issue was unrelated to the tweet or his relationship with the team.”

Brown has had run-ins with members of the media before; he most recently came under fire for threatening ESPN reporter Jesse Washington on Twitter.

Brown also shared an Instagram post on Tuesday morning with the caption “Ain’t No Pressure #JustWIN.”

“AB has an incredible drive to win,” Rosenhaus said, per Schefter. “He just wants to win. That’s all that that is. That’s not anything more than him encouraging his coaches and teammates to win. And that’s what his entire focus is on. Any notion, any speculation otherwise, can be put to bed. This is a non-story that has been blown out of proportion. We can end this right here and now.”