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Former Steelers great blasts Mike Tomlin and team’s ‘culture’

Rachel Wold
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The rift between the Pittsburgh Steelers and wide receiver Antonio Brown is gaining traction by the day. Pretty much everyone has an opinion as to the standoff between the two parties and the likelihood Brown plays with a new team in 2019.

It’s in this that former Steelers two-time Super Bowl champion wide receiver Hines Ward took to the airwaves to blast head coach Mike Tomlin.

“I just think for Coach Tomlin. The way he handles certain players and try to treat players differently and stuff . . . you’re opening up a can of worms in the sense because look at (Patriots Coach Bill) Belichick what (he) did to Malcom Butler, a guy who helped win the Super Bowl, late for one meeting (and) he sat him out in the biggest game in the world,” said Hines, on The Cook & Joe Show on 93.7 The Fan.”

Hines also went on to say this about the “culture” in the locker room.

“I just think the culture that was set by Mike Tomlin I mean you know you walk around that building and ‘the standard is the standard’ that’s kind of the moto well the shenanigans, the circus is not conducive to winning football and that’s not the standard of the Pittsburgh Steelers.”

Indeed. The Steelers’ locker room is not exactly a peaceful one at times.

And while Hines points the finger towards Tomlin running a circus, he did say that he thinks Brown is being “disrespectful” by not returning Art Rooney’s phone calls.

This is big story that is not going away anytime soon. Brown says he willing to return to the Steelers, but is also appearing to campaign to play with the San Francisco 49ers.

Stay tuned.