PITTSBURGH — Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown spoke Wednesday for the first time about a controversial social media post.
Brown took to social media Tuesday night to post an apology for his now infamous post-game locker room Facebook Live video that the NFL is now reviewing.
On Wednesday, Brown apologized in person.
"I just got carried away in the moment, you know. I live with that moment from last year not being able to play in the divisional game, not being able to make the trip with the team, so I was a little bit genuinely excited in that moment," he said.
In the post he published across all his social media accounts Tuesday, Brown apologized to his teammates and fans, saying in part, “I let my emotions and genuine excitement get the best of me.”
Brown began streaming live via Facebook Sunday from the Steelers’ locker room after the team won its playoff game against Kansas City.
The All-Pro wide receiver also happened to catch coach Mike Tomlin indelicately describing the New England Patriots, Pittsburgh's opponent in the AFC Championship Game.
Brown's 17-minute video collected more than 900,000 views in a few hours before being removed (though it lives on through YouTube).
It included players dancing and Tomlin -- who was out of the shot and unaware it was being filmed but who could be heard clearly in the packed locker room -- beginning his post-game speech by telling his team to "say very little moving forward" then adding "we spotted those (expletive) a day and a half."
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NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told Channel 11 News that the NFL is reviewing the incident, citing the league’s game day social media use policy:
McCarthy said potential discipline for violation of the policy is a fine.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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