Antonio Brown decided to live stream from the Pittsburgh Steelers locker room following the team’s 18-16 AFC semifinal win over the Kansas City Chiefs and inadvertently caught head coach Mike Tomlin slagging the New England Patriots.
On the video posted to Facebook, Tomlin was caught jacking up his team by calling the Patriots assholes and referencing the changing schedule as a motivator.
“We spotted those assholes a day and a half,” Tomlin said of the Patriots. “They played yesterday, our game got moved to tonight. We’re going to touch down at 4 o’clock in the fucking morning. So be it. We’ll be ready for their ass.”
Like most NFL coaches might do, Tomlin was attempting to fire up his team following a tough win and a favored opponent up next. He’s already creating the underdog narrative by pointing out that New England has a day-and-a-half more to rest and prepare, having played on Saturday afternoon. The comments were supposed to be only for the players in the locker room, but Brown’s live stream televised the comments on social media for over a million people to see.
It’s hard to criticize Tomlin for cursing out the Patriots to his team. It was supposed to be a private conversation. Unfortunately, in the social media age we live in, it’s easier and easier for private to go unintentionally public. You can ever hear someone in the video warning “Keep it cool on social media.” Whoops, too late.
Sports talk radio will surely have a field day with Tomlin’s comments going into next weeks Patriots-Steelers AFC Championship Game, as the inflammatory remarks will provide excellent fodder for commentary. Tomlin doesn’t want that. I’d bet live streaming will be banned, if it hasn’t been already, should the Steelers pull off the upset win in New England.