Brown has taken no umbrage at Mike Tomlin’s characterization of his actions as “foolish” and “inconsiderate” to teammates and coaches.
“I have the utmost respect for our coach so I sorely regret that,” Brown said during a news conference. “I stand by my statement last night. I just got carried away in the moment. I live with that moment from last year, not being able to play in the divisional game, not being able to make the trip with the team, so I was extremely excited in that moment.”
Brown was referencing last January’s narrow Divisional Round loss to the Denver Broncos, a game he missed due to a concussion sustained the week prior.
The All-Pro wideout takes full responsibility for his actions, which exposed the team’s head coach and threaten to cause a distraction in the lead-up to the AFC Championship Game.
“We’re not perfect. I’m human and I make mistakes, but as a man I own up to those mistakes,” Brown explained. “I was genuinely excited in that moment. I wanted to give the fans the team experience of being excited after the game. I think people know what I stand for, what I represent, and what type of person I am.”
Although Brown violated league policy with his locker-room video, there’s no reason to believe the discipline will force him to miss game action.
“The punishment will be between me and the NFL,” Brown said.