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Mike Tomlin Was Asked About Antonio Brown On ESPN Today

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FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 22: Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs with the ball against the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium on January 22, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Antonio Brown has spent much of 2020 apologizing for what happened toward the end of his tenure with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

"I apologize to those guys for the distractions, the unwanted attention that I probably caused those guys," Brown told 93.7 The Fan earlier this month. "To the organization. Obviously you want to clear out any baggage or any disrespect or unintended attention that was brought on to the organization.

"These guys gave me an opportunity when I was 21 years old. I'm forever grateful to those guys, to have the opportunity to not only play with those guys but to be in so many amazing moments. We've been through so much. I'm forever grateful and indebted to this organization."

Tomlin appeared on ESPN's First Take on Monday morning, mostly to discuss the Myles Garrett-Mason Rudolph situation, but he also commented on Brown.

"I'll say this: once a Steeler, always a Steeler," Tomlin said of Brown. "We had great success over the course of nine-plus years with Antonio. We're always going to be interested in his growth and development as a man and we'll be open to assisting him in that, but we have no current business interest at this time."

Brown has maintained that he wants to return to the NFL in 2020, though it doesn't look like a reunion will happen in Pittsburgh.

The former All-Pro wideout spent time with three different franchises in 2019. He began the year with the Steelers, was traded to the Raiders and signed with the Patriots. Brown was ultimately released in mid-September following sexual assault allegations.