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Bruce Arians: Antonio Brown exhibiting ‘diva’ tendencies

Bruce Arians, who once coached Antonio Brown, had some interesting things to say this week about the disgruntled Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver, saying he’s exhibiting “diva” tendencies.

Arians, hired as head coach last week by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was the Steelers’ offensive coordinator during Brown’s rookie season in 2010 and again in 2011. What Arians sees from the outside is not the Brown he knew from coaching him.

“He was the hardest working,” Arians said during an appearance Tuesday on The Adam Schefter Podcast, via ESPN. “He and Emmanuel Sanders, boy they went after it because Mike Tomlin used to tell them, ‘two dogs, one bone.’ And at that time we had Mike Wallace, Hines Ward, I mean we had a pretty good run for one of them to get on the field. By the end of the season, they were both winning for us to go to the Super Bowl.”

Something, Arians observes, has changed with the superstar wideout, especially over the past season, one during which Brown began the campaign by issuing issuing a threatening to a reporter and ended it by getting benched for the Steelers’ season finale under inauspicious circumstances.

“There’s too much miscommunication, too much … diva,” Arians said on the podcast. “I’ve heard so many stories — I like Antonio — he plays as hard as anybody on Sunday and he practices hard. He’s just gotta make better decisions off the field, be on time, do some of those little things.”

Last week, Brown promised in an Instagram Live video to address “all the negative speculations” about his character, but has yet to confirm when it will occur. Brown’s vow came in the wake of Steelers team president Art Rooney II stating that it is “hard to envision” the wide receiver remaining with the team.

Amid the drama of the past week, Brown has also ceased following the Steelers on social media and edited his Twitter bio to remove any mention of the team.