Steelers' Tomlin apologizes for comments, says Brown will be punished for live video

Steelers’ Tomlin apologizes for comments, says Brown will be punished for live video

PITTSBURGH — As the Pittsburgh Steelers prepare for Sunday’s AFC Championship matchup with the New England Patriots, head coach Mike Tomlin faced questions Tuesday about his comments during a Facebook live video.

The video, recorded by wide receiver Antonio Brown in the Steelers’ locker room post-Chiefs defeat, captured Tomlin’s off-camera comments, which included a vulgar term to describe the Patriots.

Tomlin started his weekly news conference Tuesday afternoon by addressing the “elephant in the room,” issuing an apology for the “regrettable” language in the video.

He went on to assure that the video will not be a distraction to the team heading into Sunday, but made it clear that Brown will be “swiftly” punished for recording the video, which likely violated the NFL’s social media policy.

“We will punish him. We won't punish us,” Tomlin said. “It was foolish of him to do that, it was selfish of him to do that, and it was inconsiderate of him.”

Tomlin said he has yet to meet with Brown about the video, but will be doing so. It is unclear whether the league has been in contact with Brown.