Steelers legend Hines Ward isn’t happy with Antonio Brown’s latest actions.
The former Pittsburgh wide receiver knows a thing or two about the culture, spending his entire 14-year NFL career with the Steelers, and he says Brown’s “outbursts” are “unacceptable.”
“[I’m] a little embarrassed in the sense that that’s not the Steelers culture,” Ward said, via Yahoo Sports. “We’re not really big on kind of having off the field issues with a lot of different guys.”
This week, Brown has missed a team meeting, threatened a trade on Twitter and then added fuel to the fire when he called out his own team saying: “We suck.”
“When things aren’t going good, a lot of people look at your leaders on the team — the players, the guys who are doing it (the leading) — and they want to see how you respond to adversity,” Ward added. “So it’s something that I wouldn’t have done.
“I get it. You’re frustrated. You want to win. But the same time having an outburst like that doesn’t do anybody any justice.”
Ward, a two-time Super Bowl champion and Super Bowl 40 MVP, said Brown was “wrong for the outburst.”
“I get it from Antonio. He’s fun, he’s energetic, he wants a connection with his fans,” Ward said. “But like I say, there’s a time and a place for everything. I just want him to just, I would like for him to just focus on football. Find a way to get this thing back on track in Pittsburgh. Like I say, it’s all about winning football games. That should be the main priority in all these players careers.”
The Steelers are 0-1-1 entering Week 3 after tying in their season opener against the Browns and falling 42-37 to the Chiefs in Week 2.
Pittsburgh will be up against another challenge as the team travels to Tampa Bay on Monday to face the Buccaneers with kickoff set for 8:15 p.m. ET.