Steelers WR Antonio Brown has ‘too much diva,’ Bruce Arians says

New Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians said Tuesday that he sees “too much diva” in Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown.

Speaking on a podcast with ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Arians said he hasn’t liked what he’s heard out of Pittsburgh regarding Brown.

“From afar, there’s too much miscommunication, too much … diva,” Arians told ESPN. “I’ve heard so many stories — and I like Antonio, he plays as hard as anybody on Sunday, and he practices hard. He’s just got to make better decisions off the field, be on time, do some of those little things.”

Arians added that Brown is not acting like the player the Steelers drafted in 2010, when Arians was the team’s offensive coordinator.

Brown’s future in Pittsburgh has been in doubt following his actions at the end of the season, which included missing the team’s final regular-season game after skipping practices and other team functions. Last week, owner Art Rooney II told The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette it is “hard to envision” Brown still with the team at the start of training camp.

Brown, a seven-time Pro Bowl selection and four-time All-Pro honoree, caught 104 passes for 1,297 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2018. 

Contact Tom Schad at tschad@usatoday.com or on Twitter @Tom_Schad.

 

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