What is the bigger distraction, a controversy over what to do during the national anthem, or how to deal with a diva wide receiver?

The Steelers seemingly put the anthem issue behind them and now they have a new soap opera on their hands. Antonio Brown threw a hissy-fit in Baltimore because Ben Roethlisberger did not throw him the ball when he was wide open, and on Tuesday both the quarterback and coach Mike Tomlin scolded him publicly for it.

Might there be a hole in the all-for-one, one-for-all Steelers’ team unity?

Roethlisberger went into detail about the play during his spot on 93.7 The Fan Tuesday and why he did not see Brown wide open. He called Brown’s reaction that included him attacking a water cooler a “temper tantrum” and said he wished he acted more like Heath Miller.

Tomlin an hour later agreed during his press conference that Brown’s actions Sunday could be a distraction.

“He has to control it,” Tomlin said. “If he does not, it can work against him and can work against us. Those are just the lessons you learn along the way.”

The coach did note that the game against the Ravens was a big and emotional one and that Brown “is a competitor, we all know that. It aids him, it aids us. ” A good example came in the division-deciding Immaculate Extension touchdown by Brown against the Ravens last Christmas. Or his leaping 38-yard reception over three defenders that clinched the Steelers 3-point victory in Cleveland to start this season.

But the coach added, “Hopefully he’s learned a lesson” from Sunday, and that others are watching him set examples.

“We got young people on our team; they need to be taught good things, good lessons, ways to conduct themselves as professionals.

“He made a mistake. I’m sure he’s ready to move on from it.”

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