Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown said that his recent discontent has come from his desire to win
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown said on Thursday that his frustration on the sideline during Sundays game and his tweet toward a critic on Monday came from his desire to win.
Meeting with reporters for the first time since the teams 42-37 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, Brown made it clear he does not want a trade, but rather for his team to start performing at the level it has previously.
We were losing the game… we havent won a game yet, Brown said. For me, as a Steeler, thats unacceptable. Im not on the sideline begging for the ball or making statements like you guys [the media] make. Im pissed off. Were losing, we suck …We aint winning. Youre damn right Im pissed off.
Brown was seen on the sideline during the second half of the Chiefs game, which dropped the Steelers to 0-1-1, in an apparent argument with offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner. On Monday, Brown replied to a critical tweet from former Steelers PR staffer Ryan Scarpino suggesting Brown wouldnt be as productive without Ben Roethlisberger with the words Trade me lets find out.
Obviously I dont want a trade, Brown said on Thursday. Im still grateful to put on my uniform, grateful to be a part of this organization. I dont take that for granted. Obviously it was a stupid remark …I guess I cant really respond to people thats saying crazy stuff.
Brown was also absent from the teams facility on Monday, something for which head coach Mike Tomlin said Brown was disciplined. The wideout said the absence was for a personal reason.
Brown acknowledged that the tweet and the resulting media circus were a distraction, but he remains fully focused on winning.
Obviously Im in the spotlight, so you guys are always putting me under the microscope, but Im a compassionate individual, Brown said. I cant fake the way I feel. I cant hide the way I feel. If it wasnt important to me, then Id just say it dont matter, but Im not that type of guy …Our business is winning, playing football. Thats what Im here to do.
Pittsburgh are without a win through two games for the first time since 2013, when it started 0-4 and went on to finish 8-8.