Okay, okay. Brown's tweet yesterday had nothing to do with him wanting to be traded.
On Monday, after a former Steelers employee insulted his abilities, Brown chose to quote-tweet the comment by suggesting that he should be traded.
Pittsburgh certainly could use the services of their two star players; the team still is winless after tying the Cleveland Browns and allowing six touchdown passes to Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and will travel to Tampa Bay to face Ryan Fitzpatrick and the 2-0 Buccaneers on Monday night.
Asked if Brown actually wants traded, Tomlin chuckled and said, "no".
Just before the year began, teammates starting ripping superstar running back Le'Veon Bell for his holdout. On Sunday's Week 2 game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Brown was visibly agitated with his offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach.
As our John Breech noted on Monday, that was not Brown's only emotional display during the game.
"There's been a couple of instances now where you've asked me about Antonio regarding some social media-like things".
Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, Brown's agent Drew Rosenhaus said that Brown's tweet "was not in reference to anything other than Antonio responding to a person he knows. I just assume leave those things in house". I won't utilize this forum to address such things. I think that this forum is a very professional one. "I give Randy a lot of credit not losing it on him". We'll see how things play out in the coming days. I understand all that.
Tomlin downplayed Brown's sideline behaviour, calling "negative exchanges" the byproduct of not playing well as a whole.
Tomlin said he won't comment directly on player happenings on social media, which features "gray area" and "very little accountability", but he made clear players should be held to a higher standard. "And non-football-related things, such as social media decorum and et cetera, so hopefully that'll be the last time I'll be discussing things such as that in this setting".
Brown is one of the most talented players in National Football League history, but he's also been a headcase for the Steelers.
"I'm looking forward to visiting with him today", Tomlin told NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.