PITTSBURGH – Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said he regrets the language he used while discussing the New England Patriots in his postgame address to the team after Sunday’s AFC divisional playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Tomlin’s speech, in which he said the Steelers “spotted those (expletive Patriots) a day and a half” of preparation time for next Sunday’s AFC title game, was streamed live on Facebook by wide receiver Antonio Brown.
Pittsburgh Coach Mike Tomlin
Tomlin was unaware his comments were being recorded.
“I’d like to say the language on the video is regrettable; language by me and by others,” Tomlin told reporters Tuesday. “And it’s regrettable because this thing that is the National Football League, this platform that we have is a precious and awesome thing and not something that we take very lightly.”
“… I’ll be bluntly honest here. It was foolish of (Antonio) to do that. It was selfish for him to do that. And it was inconsiderate for him to do that. … So there’s consequences to be dealt with from his perspective, we will punish him, we won’t punish us. And we’ll do so swiftly, and we’ll do so internally.”
Brown’s locker room video was a violation of NFL policy, meaning a league-imposed sanction may also be in play.