Everyone though Le'Veon Bell was the biggest distraction for the Pittsburgh Steelers, but star wide receiver Antonio Brown is giving him a run for his money.
In less than two days' time, Brown has sent out a tweet that could suggest he wants to be traded, and then he didn't show up for a team meeting on Monday. What in the WORLD is going on, Mike Tomlin?
Well, Brown's agent Drew Rosenhaus came out today and did the best job he could to clear things up.
1/2 Steelers' WR Antonio Brown's agent, Drew Rosenhaus: "The tweet yesterday 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.”— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 18, 2018
Okay, okay. Brown's tweet yesterday had nothing to do with him wanting to be traded. I believe that, but maybe it's best for Brown not to talk about trades or being traded next time around so we don't get confused.
Rosenhaus continued and addressed Brown not showing up for the meeting:
2/3 Rosenhaus: “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. Third, AB has an incredible drive to win. He just wants to win. That's all that that is.”— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 18, 2018
I'll take Brown at his word that it was a serious personal matter, but it's a coincidence this happens when people are calling him out, he's arguing with coaches on the sidelines, and the team is playing awful football, right?
But remember, all his shenanigans are about motivating and helping his team win games.
3/3 “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."— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 18, 2018
I don't deny that some of this stuff is bogus and overblown, but don't give me the "he's all about winning" cliche. Nothing Brown has done off the field is helping the Steelers. He's a great player, don't get it twisted, but there's no doubt Brown is a diva and has some "it's all about me" in him.
This non-story that Rosenhaus is saying about Brown's conduct is self-inflicted.