If the winless Pittsburgh Steelers thought the Le'Veon Bell contract situation was their biggest headache, they might be wrong. On Sunday, the team could do nothing to stop the Kansas City Chiefs as QB Patrick Mahomes lit them up time and time again. Brown's Monday absence caused a firestorm of speculation that he was unhappy with the franchise.
While Tomlin declined to discuss Brown's tweet with reporters, he did say he would be meeting with Brown at some point on Tuesday.
Asked if Brown actually wants to be traded, Tomlin chuckled and said, "No". We'll see how things play out in the coming days. "I'm not going to get into the details of why he wasn't here or whether or not he was excused".
Asked if he's exhausted of Brown being the same player he's asked about repeatedly regarding social media issues, Tomlin bristled, then pointed to his team's 0-1-1 record heading into a Monday Night Football matchup with the 2-0 Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Brown responded by tweeting "trade me let's find out".
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On Wednesday's "Off the Bench" podcast, Danny Kanell and guest host Brady Quinn talk about the mess in Pittsburgh, and what Brown's no-show can mean for the team. Tomlin seems to have no control over the locker room at the moment. That's player relations. I'm not getting into what happens in that gray atmosphere out there among people where there is very little accountability and things of that nature. "When you're the best in the world, you want to help participate, you want to help win football games".
He then did not show up for any team activities on that day.
In two games, Brown has racked up 160 yards and one touchdown on 18 catches. "I think over there, their whole coaching staff is like that".
Originally, I think most people shrugged this off as sarcasm or a joke.