The Pittsburgh Steelers general manager was in front of the media yet again on Wednesday, holding his annual press conference at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. And with Antonio Brown now officially available via trade, it should come as no surprise to note that questions about the wide receiver dominated Kevin Colbert’s time at the podium.
While doing his best to explain that Pittsburgh would consider keeping Brown if they could not find anyone willing to pay a reasonable price for him via trade, skeptical reporters in attendance appeared to struggle to see how that was possible. But when one of them questioned the general manager about the level of drama associated with the Steelers, Colbert was quick dismiss that notion as something of a fallacy.
GM Kevin Colbert disputes the suggestion that the #Steelers have more drama than any other #NFL team - “I really don't agree with the perception that thers's huge drama within the Pittsburgh Steelers locker room" pic.twitter.com/ATUaip3W3q— Simon Chester (@SimonAChester) February 27, 2019
As he would tell reporters.
“I really don’t agree with the perception that there’s huge drama within the Pittsburgh Steelers locker room. Again, Coach Tomlin treats our players like men. He gives them the opportunity to be a man and he tries to grow them. Not only as professional football players, but as fathers, as brothers, just as men. So really I have a complete disagreement that the perception that our locker room is anything but very functional.”
Given the antics of Brown, Le’Veon Bell and Martavis Bryant as of late, it is somewhat understandable why the national perspective surrounding the Steelers has developed in the way that it has. However, it would be also fair to question whether they are any worse than the Dallas Cowboys or New England Patriots when it comes drama given the events that have befallen them in recent years.
Pittsburgh certainly has been unfortunate enough to have story lines that have lingered in the media more than most and have not been helped by the social media use of some of the names concerned.