Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown has been in the news too often over the last month for his behavior. Most notably, Brown recorded a post-game speech from Mike Tomlin on Facebook Live, which led to Tomlin speaking out against Brown and promising to punish him. Anonymous chatter about Brown pouting on the field also surfaced, with rumors emerging that Brown would be on the trade block this offseason.
But Brown has heard all of those rumblings about his behavior, and he has a message – he’s sorry, which he repeated over and over again when talking to Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman.
“It was a dumb mistake,” Brown said. “Can’t believe I did it, and it won’t happen again. I promise you that.”
He also admitted that he had to grow up.
“The big thing I learned is that I have some growing up to do, and I’m going to do it,” Brown said. “I learned a lot from it and will keep learning. I’m going to rebuild the trust with my teammates and my coaches. I promise you that, too.”
As for those trade rumors, Brown stated his desire to remain in the black and gold for the rest of his career.
“I’m a Steeler for life,” Brown said.
That’s fair enough – but one has to wonder if the Steelers feel the same way, and if they will continue to welcome Brown into their fold if his production drops off or he gets injured during the 2017 season. Or if, you know, he continues ruffling feathers on Facebook Live.