Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown did not show up for work yesterday, causing a stir. His absence comes after he had a sideline spat with OC Randy Fichtner in Sunday's loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Brown also responded to a tweet from a former Steelers PR staffer questioning if his numbers would be the same on another team. In his retort, Brown said "Trade me lets find out."
Today, Brown's agent Drew Rosenhaus attempted to clarify his client's social media comments as well as provide an explanation for him missing meetings and film review yesterday.
"The tweet yesterday was not in reference to anything other than Antonio responding to a person he knows. It was not directed towards a trade, or wanting to be trading. Any idea he was asking for a trade is not accurate.
“Antonio had a personal matter. I talked to the team about it. His issue was unrelated to the tweet or his relationship with the team. Third, AB has an incredible drive to win. He just wants to win. That's all that that is.
“That's not anything more than him encouraging his coaches and teammates to win. And that's what his entire focus is on. Any notion, any speculation otherwise, can be put to bed. This is a non-story that has been blown out of proportion. We can end this right here and now."
It seems like the storm around Brown might be calming down a bit. We'll see how things play out in the coming days.
The Steelers (0-1-1) will look for their first win of the season Sunday against the surprising 2-0 Tampa Bay Bucs.