Antonio Brown let his feelings known on Tuesday after the team’s mandatory minicamp.
The All-Pro wide receiver spoke to reporters and explained why he skipped out on the team’s voluntary workouts and it had nothing to do with the Steelers organization.
Brown insists that he simply felt more comfortable working out back hom in Miami, where he could spend time with his five children and escaped what he called the “pressure” he faces from the media every day in Pittsburgh.
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“I needed that precious time with myself to get my mind right, I play with any quarterback, no matter who’s here,” Brown said. “I play with the Steelers. It’s not one guy that I (catch passes from).”
Brown dismissed any insinuation that he left OTAs because he didn’t want to work with the second or third string. He also expressed frustration with media for asking other players to comment on his absence.
“You guys making up stories to ask these guys stuff that they shouldn’t be dealing with, you know, that’s the pressure of being a professional athlete. Everyday scrutiny. Everyday pressure. It’s hard to be free.”
Brown also commented about the media’s portrayal of his comments about Le’Veon Bell’s contract holdout:
“You guys paint me a picture to talk about Le’Veon, I’m not involved in Le’Veon’s business or his contract. You guys write about it and say ‘Oh, AB says to show up.’ I just say ‘The first rule of getting better is show up.’ I didn’t say he got to show up. He’s got his own business”
Brown’s work ethic has never been in question and many in Pittsburgh don’t mind he was away from the team during voluntary workouts. As long as he ready to go Week 1, Steelers fans will be ah-oh-kay.