Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown apologized on Wednesday for a a since-deleted tweet in which a threat was made on a member of the media.
The tweet in question was captured before its deletion by Jesse Washington, senior writer for ESPN’s The Undefeated. Brown’s tweet, dated Sept. 7, was directed at Washington and seemed to come in response to his piece in which the wideout’s social media presence was the primary focus.
“@JesseWashington wait to I see you bro we gone see what your jaw look like,” Brown’s tweet read.
Interestingly, Washington has since deleted the tweet in which Brown’s tweet was captured.
As noted, Brown apologized for the tweet on Wednesday.
“I made a mistake in judgment with my tweet last week, and I apologize for that,” Brown said in a statement provided to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “It is not OK to threaten anyone and I need to be better spiritually and professionally. Though I do not agree with the negative parts of the story about my personal life, I need to have better control over my actions to use social media as a way to engage with my fans, rather than use it improperly.”
It merits noting that there is no evidence that Brown has personally apologized to Washington.
Interestingly, this was not Brown’s first social media-related incident involving a media member in recent months. The Steelers wide receiver blasted veteran Post-Gazette reporter Ed Bouchette over an August tweet concerning a training camp injury. Brown angrily disputed the injury report on Twitter, calling Bouchette a “clown” for “making (expletive) up.”
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin on Tuesday had no interest in addressing this most recent issue involving Washington, which makes Brown’s apology presumably a welcome development. After all, the Steelers already is dealing with the distraction of Le’Veon Bell’s ongoing absence.
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