Cam Heyward: Antonio Brown’s actions ‘unacceptable’
The fallout from the Antonio Brown drama that began ahead of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ season finale continues, with Cam Heyward blasting the wide receiver for his actions.
Brown created a huge distraction for the Steelers’ heading into their must-win Week 17 showdown the Cincinnati Bengals by ultimately getting benched for the game amid rumors he skipped practice and allegedly had a run-in with Ben Roethlisberger.
Conflicting reports have since emerged whether or not Brown formally requested a trade, but there not surprisingly has been collateral damage. This includes how Brown clearly disappointed his teammates, among them being Heyward.
The team leader appeared on Pittsburgh radio’s “The DVE Morning Show” (102.5 WDVE) and called Brown out over his conduct last week.
“We all want ‘A.B.’ here but to be a part of this team you can’t do that,” Heyward said, via WDVE’s Mike Prisuta. “You don’t let your brothers down. I’m sure Kevin (Colbert), Coach Tomlin will be talking to him but going forward that’s unacceptable. We all gotta be there.”
Heyward’s comments stand in stark contrast to what Roethlisberger had to say earlier in the week, as the veteran quarterback essentially attempted to downplay the Brown drama.
Heyward, however, believes that things can be made right again.
Heyward said Brown saga will require “a lot of mending. It can be mended, I think it should be mended but that’s not to say we don’t hold each other accountable and demand more. Everybody makes mistakes but it’s about owning up to your mistakes, understand where you fell short.”— Mike Prisuta (@DVEMike) January 2, 2019
Heyward trusts Colbert, Tomlin to resolve Brown saga: “If they sign off, I always feel good about it. This happened at the end of the year, you’re not going to have a team meeting. There are some guys that need to work things out. Hopefully they work things out and it dissipates”— Mike Prisuta (@DVEMike) January 2, 2019
Mike Tomlin, in lengthy comments Wednesday on the matter, essentially accused Brown of quitting on the team, not to mention other unflattering observations.
Brown, meanwhile, has not commented publicly, although he did offer up a cryptically timed tweet about the same time as Tomlin’s press conference.
Happy New Year. Be great. pic.twitter.com/QLna1LRncL— Antonio Brown (@AB84) January 2, 2019
Coming off a season plagued by the saga involving Le’Veon Bell, whose holdout angered many of his teammates, the last thing Steelers players presumably want is another protracted bout with organizational dysfunction spawned by a star player, not to mention the endless questions that come with such a situation.