Antonio Brown is not normally one to shy away from media attention, but in the aftermath of the Pittsburgh Steelers loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, it would appear the league’s best receiver wanted nothing to do with the press. Opting for a quick shower and an early exit, Brown was on his way out of the door before reporters had even had a chance to enter the locker room.
If you like the speed Antonio Brown shows on the field, you’d be impressed by how fast he blew past the media as they entered the locker room. He’s usually last to dress. This time he bolted before anyone could talk to him.— Joe Rutter (@tribjoerutter) September 16, 2018
Antonio Brown been targeted 33 times in two games, so not like he's lacking for attention. But, typically the last one to get dressed, 84 was dressed and walking out of locker room while media were entering.— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) September 16, 2018
Despite 9 catches for 67 yards and being targeted 17 times, Brown’s frustration with the way the game was going was clear for all to see at Heinz Field. Watching JuJu Smith-Schuster record 13 receptions for 121 yards can only have been one of his issues on the day.
Antonio Brown has tapped out more in this game than I can ever remember him doing before.— Mark Kaboly (@MarkKaboly) September 16, 2018
Visibly angry on the sidelines, the cameras zeroed in on the Steelers’ star receiver in a heated exchange with offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner during the second half and it would be fair to say that Brown was far from an integral part of the offense in Week 2. With Ben Roethlisberger throwing for 452 yards against the Chiefs, it is something of a surprise to note that Brown only accounted for 15 percent of that yardage.
Brown left locker room before reporters arrived RT @JFowlerESPN: Something going on with Antonio Brown. Walked off by himself, head down, while rest of team celebrated Ben Roethlisberger score. Appeared to get into it with Randy Fichtner earlier.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) September 16, 2018
As unhappy as he was with how the game went, Brown still set another milestone as the fastest player to record 750 catches in a career, but this does not seem like something he will be celebrating on Sunday given his mood.
Antonio Brown has set an NFL record for the fewest games to reach 750 catches (117 regular season games). pic.twitter.com/nQgomBQPMV— Gabriel Schray (@schrayguy) September 16, 2018
Hopefully his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, will have been able to console him with some news about a new endorsement deal as they left the field together.
Drew Rosenhaus, walking through the tunnel with his arm around Antonio Brown.— Sean Gentille (@seangentille) September 16, 2018