By "us", I could mean the media, the Steelers fan base or the public in general, including those who do not care whether superstar wide receiver Antonio Brown's absence from work Monday had been prearranged and excused.
Antonio Brown's unhappiness with his team was apparent for all to see during Sunday's 42-37 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs: He had words with offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner in the second half, then exited the locker room in a hurry following the game.
I'll take Brown at his word that it was a serious personal matter, but it's a coincidence this happens when people are calling him out, he's arguing with coaches on the sidelines, and the team is playing terrible football, right?
That loss and that tie came after an offseason where quarterback Ben Roethlisberger called out the organization for drafting a quarterback in the third round. And now two weeks into the season, things appear to have gotten a bit more hectic for the Steelers. A 3-1 or 4-0 stretch here would likely quiet concerns in Pittsburgh, but if they're headed into their bye week at 2-3-1 or worse, the chatter will only grow louder.
Brown responded to the tweet by saying, "Trade me let's find out".
"Like I said last week, I'm not going to openly talk about a lot of things that occur in social media".
On Wednesday, Brown publicly apologized for a tweet threatening ESPN senior writer Jesse Washington about a profile titled 'Antonio Brown is an Instagram All-Pro. "But I'll leave that between he and I", Tomlin said.
"I'm focused on real legitimate things". I'll address that and address that very directly with him, but I'll leave that between he and I. I always want to take that road when I'm standing at this podium representing this league. The Steelers aren't going to trade away the best receiver in football because he didn't show up to work Monday.