Steelers coach Mike Tomlin slams Antonio Brown as "selfish" for locker room act

This is the time of year when NFL coaches stress the need to cut out "distractions."

Yet the Pittsburgh Steelers find themselves dealing with one because of a questionable decision by wide receiver Antonio Brown after the Steelers beat the Kansas City Chiefs to advance to the AFC Championship.

Brown secretly filmed — possibly inadvertently Mike Tomlin's postgame speech in the locker room, via Facebook Live, capturing, among other things, Tomlin calling the Patriots (their next opponent) "a--holes." The post was quickly deleted, and Brown could face punishment from the NFL for violating the social media policy.

On Tuesday, Tomlin apologized for his choice of words, but also offered an ominous response to Brown.

The implication is clearly that if Brown acts in a way that hurts the team, he won't be with the Steelers for much longer.

Ben Roethlisberger also had a strong response to Brown, telling 93.7 The Fan:

"It's an unfortunate situation that we've got to deal with right now. That's a sacred place where things are said and hugs and tears, and it's kind of a special place. So a little disappointed with AB for that. ... Coach talks and then I talk, and you just don't want everyone to know what's going on in there with the family. And also, I wish AB would have been listening to Coach and myself instead of being on the other side of the locker room filming."

Tomlin said on Tuesday that Brown will be punished internally.

While it's a fairly minor incident, it's clearly become something of a distraction for the Steelers as they prepare for a huge game against the Patriots. They certainly don't have plans to trade perhaps the best wide receiver in the league, but much like their Sunday opponents, the Steelers will ship out players who don't fit their team culture.

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ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 15: Micah Hyde #33, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix #21, and Josh Hawkins #28 of the Green Bay Packers celebrate in the second half during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on January 15, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 15: Jared Cook #89 of the Green Bay Packers makes a catch while being defended by Morris Claiborne #24 of the Dallas Cowboys in the second half during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at AT&T Stadium on January 15, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Jan 14, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) is knocked into the end zone for a safety by the Atlanta Falcons during the second quarter in the NFC Divisional playoff at Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
KANSAS CITY, MP - JANUARY 15: Running back Spencer Ware #32 of the Kansas City Chiefs spikes the ball after a touchdown run against Pittsburgh Steelers during the second half in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 15, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 14: (EDITORS NOTE: Retransmission with alternate crop.) Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots reacts as he runs onto the field prior to the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium on January 14, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 15: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix #21 of the Green Bay Packers tackles Terrance Williams #83 of the Dallas Cowboys in the second half during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at AT&T Stadium on January 15, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Chris Conley catches a first down pass in front of Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ross Cockrell in the fourth quarter during the AFC Divisional Playoff game on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 15: Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Brice Butler (19) cannot make the catch during the NFC Divisional Playoff game between the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers on January 15, 2017, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Green Bay defeats Dallas 34-31. (Photo by Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 14: New England Patriots fans watching action during the Houston Texans Vs New England Patriots Divisional round game during the NFL play-offs on January 14th, 2017 at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)
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