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Antonio Brown reportedly too focused on personal stats, not team

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is without question a unique talent, but is it possible he places too much emphasis on putting personal stats over the success of the team?

A report from NFL Network’s Aditi Kinkhabwala seems to suggest it.

Brown allegedly was seen pouting during the Steelers’ 36-17 loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game after DeAngelo Williams scored the team’s first touchdown. Brown wanted the play to go to him, so he didn’t take part in his teammates’ celebration.

It’s been a tough week or so for Brown as his reputation has taken some serious hits. It all started when he recorded and broadcast on Facebook footage from the Steelers’ celebratory locker room following the team’s divisional-round win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin blasted Brown, saying the act was “foolish and inconsiderate.”

While Brown apologized for the video, he nevertheless was later fined $10,000 by Tomlin and the Steelers for his transgression.

Brown then declined to meet with the media after the Steelers’ loss to the Patriots. He could be facing a fine for that move as well.

The case can be made that this kind of conduct simply comes with the territory when dealing with a so-called diva receiver. Brown has seemed to have taken on the diva persona this season with repeated acts that caused distraction. From his celebratory dance moves to his affinity for wearing cleats that run afoul of NFL uniform policy, Brown has proven to be something of a headache for the Steelers organization.

That said, Brown’s talents are undeniable and he is without question ranks among to top receivers in the NFL. While the Steelers may get frustrated by some of his antics, there’s no doubt he’s an integral and arguably irreplaceable member of the team. And with only one year left on his contract, it will soon become clear just how much the Steelers are willing to tolerate.

[Pro Football Talk]