On Sunday, Steelers Pro Bowl wide receiver Antonio Brown threw quite a temper tantrum on the sidelines during his teams win over the hated Ravens. It was really quite the spectacle with Brown even throwing a Gatorade bucket at one point.
“He got upset because he was open, which I can understand, sometimes that happens…it’s not like I intentionally missed him, it’s not like I intentionally didn’t throw it to him. I was doing what my reads tell me to do, I don’t even want to say I made a mistake, because I was reading the side I was supposed to read. It’s just unfortunate that it happened, and it’s unfortunate that he acted and reacted that way.”
Roethlisberger also shared what he told Brown immediately following the play.
“I told him on the sideline, ‘AB, just come talk to me, ask me what happened, tell me that you were open.’ You know, if that were Heath Miller, I’d probably ask Heath on the sideline, ‘Hey Heath, were you open?’ and he’d probably tell me ‘No,’ because he wouldn’t want you to feel bad, that’s just who he was…that goes a lot further than throwing a temper tantrum.”
From the looks and sounds of it, Brown was pretty inconsolable…
“We all try to talk to him and it didn’t help. I think it’s bad in the sense that we have a lot of young guys that see that too. Juju [Smith-Schuster] sitting right next to him and looking at that, and what’s Juju thinking? Is he thinking that it’s ok to act that way? I don’t know.
“I don’t know that he needs to react that way. He’s super human on the football field and when that happens, it almost brings him back to being a mere mortal if you will, because it gets in his head and it just messes with all of us a little bit.”
While Roethlisberger claims he isn’t calling Brown out, he did say that his tantrum is “causing a distraction that none of us really need.”
I don’t know about you, but Big Ben IS calling out Brown, and rightfully so.
Brown has since issued an apology for his actions after not apologizing on Monday…
Apologize for all the noise and the distractions Steeler nation let’s stay focus #Pushfor7
— Antonio Brown (@AB84) October 4, 2017
Brown should apologize, and needs to grow up. I understand emotion in sports, but to embarrass your coach and quarterback during a live game shouldn’t and will not be tolerated. In my opinion.