Tomlin: Brown Has Been Disciplined

Steelers WR reportedly to be fined, will play Monday

Josh Rowntree
September 19, 2018 - 4:40 pm
Steelers WR Antonio Brown with teammates at practice in 2018

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Steelers coach Mike Tomlin announced Monday that Antonio Brown has been disciplined for missing a meeting Monday. 

“He and I met yesterday for an extended period of time,” Tomlin said. “I’ll leave the nature of that conversation between us. There was discipline involved for his missed meeting for Monday. 

“Some of the other things we talked about extensively, he’ll speak for himself on some of those things. Really, our focus is preparing to win this game on Monday night.”

Tomlin did not take questions and the Steelers announced that Brown would not speak Wednesday, but would talk to reporters Thursday, a day before he usually talks with the media. He did participate in Wednesday’s practice. 

Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the punishment of Brown will likely be a fine, but a suspension or partial benching against Tampa Monday is not likely. 

Brown’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, released a statement Tuesday that Brown missed the meeting due to a personal matter. Tomlin, however, would not say if the absence was excused or not during his press conference Tuesday. 

The missing of a meeting, coupled with Brown responding “Trade me let’s find out” to a former Steelers public relations staffer who suggested Monday that Brown has financially and statistically benefitted from playing with Ben Roethlisberger, has raised eyebrows this week. 

“He had personal issues going on and that’s between him and the head coach,” center Maurkice Pouncey said. “But it’s totally fine.”

Pouncey responded, “100-percent,” when asked if he expects Brown to play Monday, adding that he did not have a problem with Brown’s absence from the meeting. 

“People don’t know the things he has going on in his life. It’s totally fine. He talked to the people he needed to talk to and confirmed as to why he wasn’t here.”

Other teammates seemed to think Brown would be on the field against the Bucs as well.

"I think so,” defensive end Cam Heyward said. “I don't make those decisions but, shoot, I'd be a little surprised if he's not there. 

“He’s working right now. If a guy's practicing, he's gotta play. I think so, but I’m not going to speak for anyone else.“ 

Hear all of what Cam Heyward had to say below.