Mike Tomlin Calls Antonio Brown ‘Foolish’ For Recording Locker Room Speech
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is not happy with his star receiver Antonio Brown for streaming his speech from the locker room after their win against the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday night.
Tomlin delivered a fiery speech to his team in which he referred to their next opponent, the New England Patriots, as “assholes.” The Steelers coach addressed his speech, and Antonio’s decision to stream, it at his weekly news conference on Tuesday. He made it very clear how he felt about the matter.
“I’ll be bluntly honest here. It was foolish for him to do that. It was selfish for him to do that. And it was inconsiderate for him to do that,” Tomlin said of Antonio Brown. (VIDEO: Watch Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin’s Explicit Locker Room Speech)
“Not only is it a violation of our policy, it is a violation of league policy–both of which he knows,” Tomlin said. “So there are consequences to be dealt with from his perspective.”
The Steelers coach said he hadn’t talked to Brown yet, because he is preparing for their next game but plans to do so as soon as he sees him. Brown’s punishment, however Tomlin chooses to handle it, will not come into play in their game against New England on Sunday, ESPN reports.
Tomlin also addressed his own “regrettable” language in the video with regards to the Patriots and acknowledged he needs to be a better example.
“This thing that is the National Football League, this platform that we have, is a precious and awesome thing,” he said. “Not something we take very lightly. The responsibility associated with being in this thing just from a role model standpoint is something I personally embrace.”
Tomlin and the Pittsburgh Steelers will travel to Foxborough on Sunday to face Bill Belichick and his New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game.