Everyone thought the Le'Veon Bell holdout was the biggest story to come out for the Pittsburgh Steelers. And then, Tuesday happened, as reports surfaced that wide receiver Antonio Brown was absent for Monday's team meeting and film review.
Not good at all.
Head coach Mike Tomlin walked to the podium to address the media on Tuesday, where he refused to state the reasoning for Brown's absence and whether it was excused or not. Tomlin went onto say that he will speak with the wide receiver on Tuesday.
#Steelers coach Mike Tomlin on Antonio Brown tweeting "trade me" yesterday: Says he'll address those things directly with Antonio. Important to understand the light they're under. Confirms AB was not there Monday, won't say why or if it was excused. Look forward to talking today.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 18, 2018
Brown has been through a tumultuous past couple of days. From arguing with offensive coordinator Ken Ficthner on the sidelines on Sunday against the Chiefs, to responding to a former Steelers employee on Twitter who attributed his success to Ben Roethlisberger, Brown has made the headlines, but for the wrong reasons.
In regards to the "trade me let's find out" tweet, Tomlin stressed that the wide receiver did not request a trade from the team.
MIke Tomlin said Antonio Brown has not asked to be traded— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) September 18, 2018
From the way Tomlin was speaking at the press conference, though, it's safe to assume that Brown's absence was not excused, which is exemplified by the fact that Tomlin expressed his desire to meet with Brown to talk with him about the situation.
OK, so based on #Steelers HC Mike Tomlin's responses, it's a fair assumption that Antonio Brown's absence Monday was not excused, or requested. Still, Tomlin chooses not to elaborate or express his own feelings about this, saying he's focused on "real" and "legitimate things."— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) September 18, 2018
So, even with Tomlin's answers to the media, there are more questions than answers. We likely won't know more about it until Brown speaks publicly on the no-show himself.