Should Mike Tomlin Care More About His Players' Social Media Posts?

Tomlin says it is a waste of time

Matt Koll
September 12, 2018 - 11:36 am
Mike Tomlin

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan)- If you've been a Steelers fan, particularly the last couple seasons, you know the drama associated with the team. Almost every week we have something coming out from the team that captures headlines. 

In fact, just this year, Le'Veon Bell has dominated national news by his continued absence from the team, Ben Roethlisberger wasn't exactly in approval of the Steelers third round selection of QB Mason Rudolph, AB came to camp in a helicopter and the Steelers plan to build a wall around their Southside facility because of "drones and such." 

There's more but we won't go on. The latest? Le'Veon Bell was spotted by TMZ at a Miami club at midnight on Monday and stayed there partying until the wee hours of Tuesday morning. Antonio Brown also threatened a reporter, Jesse Washington of the Undefeated, who was writing a story about the mother of his children saying, "wait to I see u bro we gone see what your jaw like" in a Twitter message. 

So does Mike Tomlin need to keep a tighter wrap on all of this social media stuff? When asked about it on Tuesday, Tomlin said, "Guys don't ask me about social media things. We can talk all day about things that are online or on the internet or in social media, I just choose to stay away from it because it's a waste of my time. There's very little accountability, there's very little journalistic integrity."

The Fan Morning Show discussed this Wednesday morning and Colin Dunlap and Chris Mack both feel Tomlin shouldn't have to constantly monitor his players social media accounts. Why? Well, because their grown men. These aren't high schoolers. But, on the other hand, Brown can't go around threatening reporters and Bell has virtually no sense of how things look from the outside in being caught at strip clubs and partying while not being with his team. Both players struggle with what should be personal matters and what should be private matters in what they expose to the internet. 

Colin thinks this is where Art Rooney II or Kevin Colbert might have to step in and give them the "you are a representative of the team" speech but the guys say that most players have made it all about themselves and have pushed their invidivual brands above the team. That's today's NFL. 

AB gets a leash because of what he does on the football field. But we may be at the point where we question how long that leash should be. Chris wonders who is ultimately holding that leash? It's not the head coach because he is worried about getting prepared for games.  

The guys even took it to this point, wondering if this stuff would still persist if the late Dan Rooney was still alive. Colin wonders if they had a different fear when he was around the team. Who knows.

Chris thinks that Dan Rooney was more of the grandfather-ly figure while Art Rooney II is more of the CEO-type figure.

You can hear the complete discussion about it today on The Fan Morning Show below. 

 

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