Brown’s Punishment

Here we are 24 hours later and we’re still talking about Antonio Brown broadcasting Mike Tomlin’s postgame speech on Facebook live.

Look. This is not a big deal. It’s a distraction to be sure. But not something that is going to derail a team like that, before a game like that. If the Steelers go into Foxboro and get hammered, it won’t be because Antonio Brown went Facebook live’ing on the locker room for 17 minutes after a big playoff win.

Still, that guy, of all guys has to know you can’t do that. He’s a 7 year vet, one of the best players in the league, how does he not know, he can’t do that. That what happens inside the locker room is pretty sacred to those guys, and no head coach would tolerate something like that.

Fact is, he knows, he just wasn’t thinking about any of that. He was thinking, the beast needs to be fed. I have to feed beast, and if I can’t do it during the game, on the field, the next best thing is to do it right after the game, in the locker room. That’s what he was thinking about. Obviously! You can hear how geeked he is as more and more people were tuning in as he did it. And of course, they did. Everyone wants to get behind the curtain. And Brown let everyone in.

Problem is, that’s why the curtain exists. You’re not supposed to know what’s going on behind it. And you know Mike Tomlin has already reminded Brown of it. And Brown knows, because he is about the right thing: unbelievable player, incredible work ethic and universally liked and respected in that locker room. Dude had a lapse in judgment. Happens to the best of them, especially as it relates to social media.

Dudes are addicted to feeding the beast. And like any drug, when your jones’ing for a fix, you go anywhere to get it. This will be forgotten in the next hour or so. And especially if Brown goes out and has the game you know he can have and the Steelers advance to Houston. They’ll rally around him. And he won’t be phased by it. And it won’t be anything at all. But it really shouldn’t have been a thing in the first place.

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