Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is standing his ground after a sideline outburst in a win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.
Unhappy with the result of a play early in the second quarter that resulted in an incomplete pass to Le’Veon Bell, Brown displayed some animated body language towards quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. On the sidelines, he proceeded to flip a Gatorade cooler and then got into an argument with offensive coordinator Todd Haley.
After the game, he refused to apologize for the temper tantrum.
“It’s like a kid being excited for Christmas,” Brown said according to Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “You work on it. You’re expecting that play on that day. Sometimes it doesn’t work out. You move on.
Anytime you work as hard and a play doesn’t go the way you wanted, you get frustrated.”
Roethlisberger also chalked it up to the competitive juices flowing after Sunday’s 26-9 victory. However, he did so with the caveat that sometimes there simply isn’t going to be enough targets to go around for everyone.
During the week, Roethlisberger also admitted that he felt he was zeroing in on Brown too frequently in the passing game. Brown jokingly disagreed, but as a competitor who ultimately wants as large a share of the workload as he can get, Sunday’s 4 catches for 34 yards might have felt like an unnecessary course correction.
Brown was also supported by Bell, who refused to call him a distraction and praised his competitive spirit. So it appears as if Brown is in the clear for the moment, but it’s certainly worth noting that patience will eventually run thin if this becomes a regular occurrence.
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