Antonio Brown has come under a great deal of criticism of late for the way the Steelers’ season ended. From streaming Mike Tomlin’s speech on Facebook Live to not talking to the media after their loss to the Patriots.
To make matters worse, a couple of reports recently suggested that Brown isn’t a team player, and that he’s more worried about stats than wins. One report said he purposely ran the wrong routes in the playoffs because he wasn’t getting the ball, while another said he didn’t celebrate a touchdown by DeAngelo Williams because he was supposedly open in the end zone – even though it was clearly a running play.
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On allegedly running the wrong routes purposely
“I know the position I’m in correlates things to be a lot bigger than what they should be. You guys in the media got a great responsibility. It’s your job to put out the truth because I have kids and people who watch the shows and what you say and take it to heart. I don’t think my reputation or how I relate to guys in the locker room or my play on the field ever should have been a question. We’re talking about a championship game that people don’t get a chance to experience over the course of our career. to say I wasn’t running the right route or to say that I was mad about us scoring a touchdown, that’s just disheartening.
“Who does that? As the media, it’s your job to tell the truth and give people fundamental facts of the reality of things. Sometimes those things can be misconstrued from being in the position I’m in and people just want to create stories.”
On apparently not celebrating a Steelers TD
“I just think when you’re under that microscope, people are going to try to paint that picture and create hype and put that type of attention on you. I think they took a wrong picture – a picture from a whole other play – and put that picture next to the touchdown play and said I was upset.
"Why would I be upset? The goal in the playoffs is to win. I wouldn’t be here right now if we won the game, we’d be getting ready to play the biggest game in the world. It was a championship game versus the Patriots.”
On reportedly blowing off the media
“I never blew off the media. When the game was over, I already had my clothes on. I was leaving. One reporter asked me, ‘hey can I get you?’ and I said, ‘hey I’m already dressed and leaving.’ I don’t blow off the media. I don’t blow off anyone. I’m a professional, I don’t run from anything.
“It wasn’t even that quick. There were a lot of guys out of the locker room. I would never go out on anyone. I never disrespect someone and feel I’m too mad to talk. I’m a professional, my job entails me to deal with the media.
"I was already halfway out the locker room. It wasn’t like I said ‘no, I’m not talking.’ That’s not how it went. But when people write reports, they don’t report how it went. They say ‘aw, he blew off the media.’ I never blew off the media one time. Why would I blow off the media? I’ve never done that.”