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.
Trade me let’s find out https://t.co/4OeepI78zy
— Antonio Brown (@AB84) September 17, 2018
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.
#Steelers WR Antonio Brown lost his cool on the sideline on Sunday.
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) September 18, 2018
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.
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.”