By Michael Hurley, CBS Boston

BOSTON (CBS) — Call it “Spygate 2.0.” But this time, the Patriots are merely bystanders.

Steelers All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown was capturing live video on Facebook late Sunday evening in a victorious locker room after Pittsburgh had defeated the Kansas City Chiefs. The game had been moved from a 1 p.m. ET start to 8:20 p.m. ET due to ice storms in the area that would have made it dangerous for fans to get to the stadium earlier in the day.

In that locker room, head coach Mike Tomlin addressed the team, and he described the Patriots — who are next week’s opponent — using a less-than-endearing term. He also expressed some frustration that his team has less time to prepare for next week’s AFC Championship Game.

“When you get to this point in the journey, man, not a lot needs to be said. Let’s say very little moving forward. Let’s start our preparation,” Tomlin, who could not be seen on camera, told the team. “We spotted them [a–holes] a day-and-a-half. They played yesterday; our game got moved to tonight. We’re gonna touch down at 4 o’clock in the [expletive] morning. So be it. We’ll be ready for that ass. But you ain’t got to tell them that we’re coming.”

Brown has since deleted the video from Facebook, but CBS Pittsburgh has the full video available for viewing (warning: language). The Tomlin speech begins just after the 2-minute mark.

After Tomlin’s speech, another voice shouted to the room: “Be cool on social media, man! This is about us, nobody else, man!”

Brown himself was too busy playing on Facebook Live and marveling at the number of viewers rise to have caught that message.

Then, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger addressed the team and again reiterated the importance of not saying anything inflammatory this week.

“It’s a lion’s den. I’ve been there. A lot of us has been there. This ain’t gonna be fun,” Roethlisberger said. “Keep your mouth shut. Let’s play Steeler football and be a Steeler all week.”

Tomlin’s expressed frustrations with playing in New England before. When his Steelers lost on opening night to the Patriots to kick off the 2015 season, he complained after the game that he was receiving the 98.5 The Sports Hub radio broadcast of the game in his headset.

“That’s always the case,” Tomlin said, referencing his trips to Gillette Stadium.

It’s ironic that Tomlin’s address to his team focused almost entirely on not saying anything publicly that could be turned into bulletin-board material for the Patriots. Thanks to Brown streaming it live for thousands upon thousands of people to hear in real time, Tomlin has personally failed that mission before it even had a chance to begin.

Comments (126)
  1. Peter Dejohn says:

    A number of NFL coaches, win or lose, have class-Tomlin is not one of them.

      1. Oh please, snowflakes, do you seriously believe Belichick or any other coach hasn’t used profanity to describe his opponent? Then you’ve obviously never been in a locker room or played sports. Tomlin did what so many other coaches do, it’s just that this normally doesn’t shown to the world like it did. I’m sure the Patriots will be focusing on Brady’s rather stinky performance last weekend than this distraction. If they’re wise.

      2. Mark Casper says:

        ampatsisahypocrite … Yeah, Brady was terrible? So you’re the guy with the QB who threw for 224 yards and led his team to zero TD’s while scoring just 18 points against the 24th best D’ in the NFL – and you are dumping on the QB who passed for 280+ yards and lead his team to 3 of their 4 TD’s while scoring about twice as many points – all against the #1 D in the NFL? Alrighty then!

    1. Joe Shine says:

      Tomlin is a cheerleader coach a token hire with great assistants. Antonio is a great player with little brains or class straight from the hood and ghetto good.

    2. Cal Burke says:

      Big Ben IS a BIG RAPIST and Tomlin a hate-whitey racist… proof for both as FACT. Raping Ben points his finger to the sky and to paraphrase Orwell “Religion is the last refuge of a RAPIST Like Rapistberger. He raped that UNDERAGE woman he was buying drinks for in Georgia while his “posse” held her against her will. Big Rapist should be dropped in a rapist woodchipper…

      1. Dave Shafer says:

        hey cal….when did you get your little bum raped?

    3. Tomlin is a nasty little coach with middling talent, but it’s not P.C. to criticize him. Remember, this is the creep who stuck out his leg onto the field during an opponent’s kick return endangering not only the play but injury to a player going full out. No class indeed.

      1. booger71 says:

        The refs gave Pittsburgh a gift…use it wisely.

      2. Tom Menino says:

        I’m a total Pats fan, but Tomlin is a good coach and a good guy. He used the word “a-holes” in place of the word “guys” in a conversational way. This is much ado about nothing. The real story here is the fool who posted a private locker room speech on Facebook. That should be a fine.

        Pats by 10.

    1. And, in other news, the sun came up in the east this morning… exclusive story at 11…

  2. Glenn M says:

    Simply priceless. You couldnt have paid for better inflammatory stuff to be posted. I can just hear Belichicks opening comments at this morning’s team meeting:

    “Good morning @$$holes. Thats what Pittsburgh thinks you are. Thats what the whole football world outside of NE thinks you are. Lets show them who the real @$$holes are……”

    1. Ah, I don’t think so. It’ll be more like this: “Anyone who streams our locker room live will be riding the next train out of town. Understood?”

      1. Glenn M says:

        LOL – I do believe you are correct.

      2. It would be more like coach needs to speak with you, bring your playbook. You are being traded to Cleveland. Jammie who?

  3. Tomlin just saying it like it is.. Everyone knows the Patriots are a-holes

    1. Glenn M says:

      I’m sure the ignorant people outside of NE believe that and I’m ok with it. But one thing is for sure – Pittsburgh will not be celebrating a Superbowl Victory this year even if they get passed the Pats. Pitt just does not have the skills and especially not the smarts to beat either Green Bay or Atlanta. The Pats may not be as talented as either of those team but they are much smarter and have a better shot.

  4. Him and Joey Porter had been dong shots.

  5. Mike Tripodo says:

    This is a story, really? The wussification of the NFL continues..

  6. So where’s the news here? Who doesn’t call the Patriots a**holes?

  7. John Oakman says:

    Mike tumlin is the biggest AH anywhere.Entitled POS.

  8. Steve Austin says:

    onw of the things you can always count on- Bill Belicheat will find a way to cheat or get as close to cheating as possible. But, since I can’t stand either team, the thug steelers or the pansy patriots, I don’t care who wins because this year’s Super Bowl champion will come from the NFC. Both the Packers and Falcons look soooo much better than either AFC team.

  9. Like nobody would ever expect that other players and coaches refer to the Patriots as A-holes. Much ado about nothing.

  10. Bob Suyak says:

    It’s quite ok whatever he says, he is black..

  11. Pete Wagner says:

    Making excuses already? Well, we know the refs will try to more than balance it out.

  12. This is stupid game hype chatter. Tomlin has probably said and the Patriot crew has probably heard worse. The AFC Championship should be enough motivation. If more is needed, there is a problem already.

    1. Mike left out the first word of that 2-word description – “Cheating”.

  13. Jack Pod says:

    I look for the Pats to thump the Steelers a good one. Way to go Mike. Your comment is so noted.

  14. I think the use of the term “c^cksuckers” is more appropriate than “a^^holes” when referring to the Deflatriots.

  15. David Kerr says:

    Pittsburgh coming for that ass on Sunday. Get ready.

  16. Oh my goodness, oh my goodness, he didn’t use the A-word, did he? It’s obvious that the author of this article has a bias against that word, probably because it’s a description that’s been applied to him on many occasions.


  18. Mike messed up. The correct term is “Miserable, Cheating A$$holes”.

  19. Eff you, Tomlin… Why don’t you worry about your drunken coaches and punk a$$ QB

    1. Right Jimmie Staggs…….. BTW, how are your texas teams doing?????

  20. Lee Jenkins says:

    Note to Steelers: Kick those a^^holes in the a$$! Nearly the whole country is behind you. GO STEELERS!!

  21. What sort of nation of wussies have we become when this is news?

  22. In a related story, because of Tomlin’s remarks, it’s being reported that the Patriots have retreated to an undisclosed “safe space” location awaiting a shipment of coloring books, puppies and hot chocolate

    1. Mark Casper says:

      You are 3-10 vs the Pats in the B/B age. You’ve faced us twice in the playoffs and been sent golfing both times … and those were in your house? Just be glad the Refs allowed you to win a game where you couldn’t score even one TD against the 24th D’ in the league.

      We are in our safe space. Foxboro. See you Sunday.

  23. I sympathize with Coach Tomlin and I’m not really a Pittsburgh fan. (Yeh, Go Chicago Bears.)

    With Tom Brady at quarterback, the New England Patriots are like Samson with his hair – unbeatable. They are the only team that can stop the disgusting and truly miserable Green Bay Packers – that particular NFL team that hails from the giant anus of the universe in Wisconsin.


  24. Guy Joubert says:

    Already making excuses for the loss coming his way…

  25. Hugh Tjardon says:

    In psychology I believe that’s called “projection”. Tomlin should hide his scowling face even though he has no shame.

  26. John says:

    So? Does the left wish to regulate that, too?

    1. Hugh Tjardon says:

      I share your sentiment, but I think you meant “relegate” and not “regulate”. Otherwise, you’re giving Trumpophiles a bad name.

  27. scribblerg says:

    Cool, we are already in their heads. Think that’s what the Pat’s locker room was like? Lol.

  28. This is NFL Football…it is not intended to be compatible with fragile baby-bottomed liberal sensibilities. Very few competitive things in life are, by the way.

  29. Tomlin doesn’t surprise anyone. TNB. The Patriots will annihilate them.

  30. Trash talking? In the NFL? What a shock.

  31. Bob Olson says:

    Wow. That’s about as much news as Trump once said a crude thing…It’s beyond dumb. I bet people swear at Monasteries.

  32. Brian Smyth says:

    A typical liberal already having an excuse as to why the Steelers will lose next Sunday.

  33. Just sick of the choke hold of Obama’s political correctness, censorship, against some immoral ,racist, guilt trip rule. So one team , hates the other, or says something bad, so what, they will
    get over it, mend fences, really what hypocritical righteousness, limiting others freedoms by judgementalism, of other’s lives.

  34. Randy Ross says:

    Can’t really disagree with him…

  35. Don’t see a thing wrong with what Tomlin said…..Truth hurts….i want to know why a team that has been caught cheating at least twice is even allowed to be in the “game”….they should be sidelined for 3-5 years….maybe they would learn not to bel-a-cheat.

  36. Mark Meyer says:

    Anything to further the cause of communism. Attack manliness and men is one of the tactics.

  37. Man, he even had Ben speaking like he’s from the hood. They’ll meet the professionals next week.

  38. go pats who is better than brady, belichek, and the krafts running a great team. Mostly everyone outside of new england is just jealous of the pats plain and simple. And I am from new jersey

  39. Zane Ryker says:

    Obviously, Putin put Tomlin up to this in an effort to take the spotlight off of Trump. When will the Russian madness end?

  40. I don’t think it is classless as some have written. I didn’t think anything about it at all. It is no big deal. Cursing happens.

  41. Mike Mora says:

    I like the Steelers but after Tomlin’s remarks I’m throwing my support to New England. Tomlin gets away with lots of inflammatory rhetoric but frankly it is getting old.

    1. So Mike, you would change support because of a Coach saying the truth?? Hello, this is NFL Football. It IS a tough crowd.

  42. Rob Bennett says:

    Gee, Golly, Wow. The head coach of a “PROFESSIONAL” Football team, made up entirely of Male adults, actually swears while addressing his team in a LOCKER ROOM and uses, Oh my Gosh, actual PROFANITY. What next? Showering naked? GROW THE FU*K UP.

  43. The Steelers, Rapist QB, Drug using RB, Trash mouth coach, Police beating Asst. Coach, fans that disgust me, I hope NE kickes their asses all the way back to the Allegheny River. Pats by 14, Pittsburgh doesn’t know how to get in the end zone.

    1. Well, as long as we’re going there; what about Aaron Hernandez (serving life without parole for murder) and Julian Edelman, who got a woman pregnant and then dumped her for an underwear model, denying that he was even the baby’s father (he eventually conceded that he IS the father). That sounds eerily familiar. Somebody else on the team did that. What was that guy’s name? Oh, yes! Tom Brady!

  44. Carl Mertz says:

    I find it interesting the dirtiest team in football with the dirtiest coach in football never gets a call against them because of the owner of the team and his coach he hired.

  45. sammy4231 says:

    He was speaking rhetorically to a team in a locker room. Let it go. I’ll bet Belichick won’t give it a second thought.

  46. Henry Crum says:

    Some are asses, but they are very very competent ones.

  47. Well……they ARE !!!!! Tomlin is so correct. Look at the BS surrounding them. Tampering with the football. Jamming the headset signals ( they finally blamed an audio guy at the Gillette) and who knows what else. Too bad they feel the need to be less than honorable.

  48. Vox Veritas says:

    Tomlin, Rapistberger, and thug Joey Porter complaining about other teams’ and coaches’ integrity?

    Hypocrisy, thy name is Pittsburgh Steelers.

  49. Vox Veritas says:

    I wonder…do the Steelers believe they’ll win in New England without scoring a single touchdown again?

  50. Amazing. The reporting of this as news is laughable. Are you kidding me? With all the real news going on in the world? Worse has been said: plus, maybe it’s true?

  51. Dan Fleming says:

    Lots of Hillary Snowflakes commenting here. It’s locker room talk. Every team does it. Trash talk is part of the game. Maybe Belicheck can create a “safe space” for you Pats fans.

  52. Joe Corrao says:

    He is a B- coach…does his share of whining and then some.

  53. adoptek says:

    I play a lot of competitive golf and always refer to my opponents as a**holes or worse. The fact that they spotted those a**holes a day and a half plus additional travel time is the real story, especially after playing wildcard weekend.

  54. Dee Christou says:

    soooooooooo…? will all the emotional snowflakes please just melt…?

  55. Joe Shine says:

    Mike Tomlin is an average coach with great assistants and a great organization in the Steelers. Tomlin was a token hire and is more a cheer leader yessa master type of coach for whitey.

  56. Mike Jones says:

    Cant understand a single word the morons are saying

  57. Bob Rask says:

    A great Vince Lombardi type speech, destined for greatness.

  58. Vox Veritas says:

    Antonio Brown, keep your day job.

  59. Oh wow. A sofa story on locker room talk. Wow. How inventive and entertaining CBS.

  60. Billy Medz says:

    the only thing this shows is how undisciplined the Steelers players are especially Brown …….who even after he was told to keep it quiet and stay off social media completely ignored his coaches and other teammates requests …..this shows up at undetermined points …….maybe Sunday in Foxboro?

  61. Pete Orsi says:

    Come on people, I’m a Pats fan, but it’s a locker room, not a Snowflake Safe Space.

  62. Tomlin is right. Brown should not have had social media on in the locker room. But, come on, it’s the patriots.

  63. I thought the one thing everybody agreed on in this country – even Pats fans – is that the Pats are a-holes. But I guess there are a few dissenters. Regardless, that’s one of the least offensive things you’ll hear in a football locker room.

  64. BJ Cass says:

    Tomlin is a good coach and his comments in the locker room shouldn’t bring anything but a yawn.

  65. Kurt Smith says:

    GASP! A football (or any other) coach calling the opposing team names! I’m shocked beyond belief.

  66. Wade Baker says:

    Already making excuses for a potential loss. Glad to hear that.

  67. I thought these fellows were turning their lives around. Any rapping to occur in the near future?

  68. Jake Redmond says:

    You can tell this is a Boston report. The headline makes a NOTHING story into some big deal. Now, all we will hear all week is about, “Oh no! Now the Pats are mad and everyone should be scared!” So tired of that BS.
    If they need THAT to get up for a championship game, they should find another profession.

  69. Bob Suyak says:

    IMHO a..hole = a coach whose team cannot even 1 f..king touchdown during a playoff game, who would that be?

  70. Kayla says:

    Don’t shoot the messenger even when everyone already knows this.

  71. Bob Suyak says:

    A..hole a coach whose team cannot even score 1 f..king touchdown during a playoff game. A coach who already thinking about excuses, “other team more time off” before the next playoffgame, That kind of coach is an a..hole IMHO.

  72. Coach Tomlin really ought to restrain himself and speak with the elevated, Yale-eloquent decorum of Hillary Clinton

  73. Rich Bees says:

    Who is it in Pittsburgh who teaches the receivers to scream for a flag on every incompletion? They think they have some divine right to win every game? Or spear unprotected opponents? Or step on the field to interfere with a play? All I know is that next week, they’re going to have to come up with a TD. FGs alone aren’t going to win it.

  74. Thomas Payne says:

    does anybody REALLY care? Snowflakes and Buttercups you better get used to it,,,everyone gets called a A hole at least once in their lives,,,and if you a real man you get called it many,many times….

  75. icansayitnow says:

    Just another case of someone actually telling the TRUTH, then being punished for it because it invaded the sanctity of ignorance that turned TRUTH into Insult. How terrible, and protected the whiners are…hearing words they naturally use….AGAINST THEM.

  76. Don Butler says:

    This was a locker room. I’m amazed he didn’t talk about deflated balls. Give me a break.

  77. I don’t know. Who cares? I listened to the clip, and he’s just talking about next week. Is Hurley getting sucked into the modern media vortex??


  78. Eddie Liker says:

    Don’t worry about the Steelers ‘not scoring TD’s’ against KC. They will come out firing on Sunday. It was poor play calling by the coaches in that game. They won’t repeat that against the Pats.

  79. Anti-racists say there is a RACE problem that can only be solved when the third world pours into EVERY White country and “assimilates.”

    What if I said there was a RACE problem that could only be solved if hundreds of millions of non-Blacks were brought into EVERY Black country? How long before people realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem, but the conclusion to the BLACK problem?

    They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-White.

    Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-White.

  80. Dan Cole says:

    Steelers will crush the Patsies….

  81. As a faithful Steelers fan, I am very disappointed in Tomlin’s terrible mischaracterization of the Patriots. I would have used the term “c^^ksuckers” instead.

  82. rytwinger says:

    Tomlin is a typical low IQ negro and will get a pass for his stupid comments….

  83. rytwinger says:

    “When you get to this point in the journey, man, not a lot needs to be said.”….Then why not shut your stupid pie hole?