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Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin had strong words for Antonio Brown, calling him "foolish," "selfish" and "inconsiderate" and threatened swift punishment for his star receiver after a postgame video from the locker room in Kansas City was broadcast on Facebook.
In the video, Tomlin used profanities to refer to the New England Patriots. Tomlin said he regrets using the language and "sincerely" apologized "as a parent and member of the community" for the content of the video. He said Brown will be punished "swiftly" by the Steelers, in addition to any discipline or fine he receives from the National Football League, though he did not reveal what that punishment from the team might be.
"It was foolish of him to do that," Tomlin said Tuesday at his weekly televised news conference. "It was selfish of him to do that. It was inconsiderate of him to do that. Not only is it a violation of our policy, it's a violation of league policy, both of which he knows.
"So there are consequences to be dealt with from his perspective. We will punish him. We won't punish us. We will do so swiftly, and we will do so internally."
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who could be heard addressing the team in the video, said on his weekly radio show he was "a little disappointed" in his All-Pro receiver, but not angry.
Brown posted a 17-minute video on Facebook from the locker room following the victory in Kansas City. During the video, Tomlin was heard referring to the Patriots as an inappropriate word during his postgame speech to the players. Also, several players were seen undressing in the background during the video.
Brown could be fined for the video under the NFL's social media policy that prohibits posts on places such as Facebook Live.
"The language in the video is regrettable, by me and by others," Tomlin said. "This platform that we have is a precious and awesome thing. It's not something we take very lightly. The responsibility associated with being in this thing, just from a role model standpoint, it's something that I personally embrace. It's something that we as a team and organization embraces. So that's why the language, specifically, in terms of the content, is regrettable."
During the video, Tomlin was heard complaining that the Patriots had an extra day and a half to prepare for the AFC championship because the Steelers' game in Kansas City was moved from 1 p.m. to 8:20 p.m. because of weather issues.
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