Everything went well for the Pittsburgh Steelers in Baltimore. Unfortunately, one negative takeaway that still lingers is Antonio Brown’s tantrum on the sideline.
Brown was visiably upset when Ben Roethlisberger failed to throw to the wide open receiver in the second quarter of Pittsburgh’s 26-9 win over the Ravens. Instead, Roethlisberger tossed an incomplete pass to running back Le’Veon Bell.
Ensuing the play, Brown flipped a Gatorade bucket and dismissed offensive coordinator Todd Haley who tried to calm him down.
Rather than solely talking about a big win over their AFC North rival, the Steelers are still having to answer questions about Brown’s sideline flare-up. Roethlisberger commented on the matter on Tuesday saying it’s a distraction the team doesn’t need.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin addressed Brown’s outburst at his weekly press conference.
“[Antonio Brown] is a competitor — we all know and understand that,” Tomlin said, per Jeremy Fowler of ESPN. “But we’ve got to control it. He has to control it. If he does not, it can work against him, it can work against us. Those are the lessons you learn along the way. Sunday was a big game, obviously for a lot of reasons. Emotions are capable of getting away from you. It doesn’t need to happen. It shouldn’t happen. Hopefully it won’t moving forward. Hopefully he’s learned a lesson through that. Hopefully others have learned a lesson through that.”
Brown’s temper tantrum shows that he’s an emotional player who wants the ball. But it can also be construed as selfish. Brown could have handled the situation better and he knows that.
The Steelers are ready to move on from Brown’s fit on the sideline. Tomlin said this week that he would address Brown about the situation and promised a quick conversation between the two.
“I’m not going to waste a lot of time talking to Antonio about not throwing water coolers and so forth,” Tomlin said. “Be a professional.”
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