Mike Tomlin has reportedly been telling Steelers players that he only tolerates Antonio Brown during the week because he's so good on Sundays https://t.co/nsBTtvIpud— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) January 25, 2019
According to these reports, Brown had been chronically late to meetings, had a rocky relationship with Roethlisberger and a unique dynamic with Tomlin for years. All of the issues that Brown caused for the team were ignored because he was one of best receivers in the league.
When you have a player setting records every year, it's a lot easier to look past the drama and focus on how he helps you win games. Nothing that Brown was doing was inherently harmful or bad, but it was a distraction and this year it finally boiled over.
Over the coming months, we'll see if that contract is something that forces the Steelers to deal with Brown for another season and attempt to fix the locker room issues. One thing that does seem to be clear, the times of Tomlin's patience with Brown are officially over.
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