For some reason, after last night's victory over the Kansas City Chiefs, star wide receiver Antonio Brown thought it would be a good idea to use Facebook Live during Coach Tomlin's postgame speech. If you want to watch the entire video, check it out below:
There were two main things that I took out of this.
One, which is the story that will gain the most attention, is Mike Tomlin complaining about the schedule and calling the Patriots a bunch of "assholes." Honestly, I could care less about this. I know that it probably isn't the most politically correct thing to say, but Tomlin was just speaking to his team full of emotion fresh off a big win in the playoffs. I am sure there are things much worse being said on a daily basis in every NFL locker room.
Unfortunately, Tomlin is the beneficiary of Antonio Brown's ignorance and idiocy, and the Patriots now have some serious bulletin board material for this Sunday. Tomlin was not trash talking or being rude, and I really don't have an issue with anything he said or did.
Two, Antonio Brown is an absolute idiot and this video perfectly describes Pittsburgh's team chemistry. Mike Tomlin is literally telling his entire team to stay off social media, but Brown does not respect him enough to keep his mouth shut. Tomlin is a mediocre, at best, head coach, but he is a serious motivator and metaphorical cheerleader for the Steelers. Rather than be an authoritative figure, like Bill Belichick, Tomlin tries to relate with his players on a level playing field. It works for a lot of teams, but the lack of respect is evident.
Furthermore, what the hell is Antonio Brown doing? Shut up, listen to your coach, and get out from behind the wall. You're arguably the most effective wide receiver left in the playoffs, yet you can't stay off Facebook Live because you think it and the 40,000 people watching are more important than your head coach and winning a Super Bowl? Simply put, this type of move by this talented of a player makes him look more important than the team and task at hand.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are going to have to play a flawless game to beat the Patriots in Foxboro next Sunday, and this wrinkle adds just another layer of off the field drama surrounding that team.