Mike Tomlin blows off question about Antonio Brown’s tweet at reporter
Mike Tomlin was asked on Tuesday about a since-deleted tweet from Antonio Brown in which the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver appeared to threaten a reporter. It became clear the Steelers head coach had no time for the inquiry.
The tweet in question was captured before its deletion by Jesse Washington, senior writer for ESPN’s The Undefeated. Brown’s tweet, dated Sept. 7, was directed at Washington and came following the writer’s piece about the wideout’s social media presence.
— Jesse Washington (@jessewashington) September 7, 2018
The Steelers head coach, to no surprise, was not inclined to specifically discuss the issue at any great length when asked Tuesday about the situation.
“Guys, don’t ask me about social media things. You know, we could talk all day about things that are online or on the internet or on social media,” Tomlin said, via PennLive.com’s Jacob Klinger. “I just choose to stay away from it because it’s a waste of my time.
“There’s very little accountability, there’s very little journalistic integrity, etc. Guys say things they don’t mean. I talk to my teenagers about it all the time. Let’s keep it professional and in the real. I think that’s appropriate in this setting.”
Tomlin certainly is not the only NFL coach who has no interest in getting bogged down in social media issues, regardless of its nature. And given the entire Le’Veon Bell situation, the Steelers absolutely do not need another sideshow or distraction.
Interestingly, this is not Brown’s first run-in with a member of the media in recent months. The Steelers wide receiver blasted veteran Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter Ed Bouchette over a tweet concerning a disputed training camp injury. Brown angrily disputed the injury report on Twitter, calling Bouchette a “clown” over “making (expletive) up.”