Antonio Brown has issued an apology tonight to ESPN reporter Jesse Washington. The Pittsburgh Steelers star wide receiver had sent a threatening tweet to the reporter for ESPN’s The Undefeated.
The All-Pro wideout was upset for Washington, who wrote a somewhat unflattering profile of Brown and his social media use.
Brown sent him a threatening tweet, basically telling Washington watch his back.
“Wait (until) I see you bro we gone see what your jaw like,” Brown tweeted.
— Jesse Washington (@jessewashington) September 7, 2018
Brown sent (and later deleted) the tweet several days ago. Tonight, he issued an apology statement.
“I made a mistake in judgment with my tweet last week, and I apologize for that,” the statement says. “It is not OK to threaten anyone and I need to be better spiritually and professionally. Though I do not agree with the negative parts of the story about my personal life, I need to have better control over my actions to use social media as a way to engage with my fans, rather than use it improperly,” Brown said in a statement released to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin downplayed the significance of Brown’s tweet earlier today. The Post-Gazette then asked the Steelers if that was their official statement on the issue and it prompted the message from the wide receiver.