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Antonio Brown Issues Apology To ESPN Reporter After Threatening Him

Antonio Brown flexing his biceps.

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 16: Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts after making a catch in the second half against the New York Jets during the game on September 16, 2012 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers defeated the Jets 27-10. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

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.

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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.