Sunday morning, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported that Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown “has a big-time marketing deal with Facebook,” and that “the deal is worth in the high six-figures.”
Brown, who streamed live on Facebook from the Steelers locker room following the team’s win last Sunday over the Kansas City Chiefs, will apparently lose a little bit of that money he received from the social media company, according to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports.
Glazer reported Sunday afternoon that Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin fined Brown earlier this past week for his actions last Sunday.
“Mike Tomlin got up in front of the entire team on Wednesday and said, ‘Guys, I’m fining A.B. ten thousand dollars. Anybody have a problem with that, anybody have something to say? No, fine, let us move on, we have the Patriots,'” Glazer reported Sunday.
On Tuesday, Tomlin addressed Brown’s video that he streamed live on Facebook that included an expletive-filled post-game speech.
“It was foolish of him to do that,” Tomlin said of Brown’s video. “It was selfish of him to do that. It was inconsiderate of him to do that. Not only is it a violation of our policy, it’s a violation of league policy. Both of which he knows. So there are consequences to be dealt with from his perspective. We will punish him. We won’t punish us. We will do so swiftly, and we will do so internally.”
After initially apologizing for his actions on his social media accounts, Brown again apologized during his mid-week press conference.
“I let my emotions and genuine excitement get the best of me, and I wanted to share that moment with our fans,” Brown said in his initial social media apology. “It was wrong of me to do, against team and NFL policy, and I have apologized to Coach Tomlin and my teammates for my actions. I’m sorry to them for letting it become a distraction and something that they’ve had to answer questions about while we’re preparing for a big game on Sunday.”
On Wednesday, Brown was asked if he has a deal in place with Facebook that includes him streaming live after games on their social media platform and the wide receiver would only say “that’s top secret.”
Now that this has all been put to bed, we can only hope that Brown and the rest of his Steelers teammates are able to have a productive Sunday night against the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game.
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) January 22, 2017