Antonio Brown walked the walk in his New England Patriots debut Sunday.
But he didn't talk the talk -- and he may pay the price.
The Patriots wide receiver blew off the media in Miami following a 43-0 win over the Dolphins, leaving the locker room before reporters entered.
Antonio Brown has left the locker room. Appears as though he won’t be meeting with the media today.— Phil Perry (@PhilAPerry) September 15, 2019
There’s a game ball in his locker Name plate is ripped off. https://t.co/TrkE1wfDrV— Phil Perry (@PhilAPerry) September 15, 2019
That's technically a violation of NFL rules, however, and according to NFL Network's Mike Giardi, the NFL is considering fining Brown for not making himself available to the media.
Btw, the league is looking into the skipping out on media responsibilities by Antonio Brown. By league rule, all players who play are suppose to make themselves available postgame. Brown did not. Fine could be forthcoming.— Michael Giardi (@MikeGiardi) September 16, 2019
The NFL Media Access Policy outlined by the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA) states that the media must have access to every player following a game. Players can decline to speak to the media either directly or a team spokesperson, but Brown did neither Sunday.
Brown is hardly the first player to violate this policy; Marshawn Lynch famously stiff-armed the media throughout the 2014 season (and received a $100,00 fine as a result), while several other players shirked their media duties this past weekend.
Worth noting that Donte Moncrief, Jalen Ramsey & Adam Vinatieri also skipped out on postgame availability. League not dealing with an isolated incident here, will likely see this continuing to happen around the NFL https://t.co/pMCEj1z5zn— Tanya Ray Fox (@TanyaRayFox) September 16, 2019
Brown has yet to address the media after signing with the Patriots a week ago. Since then, he's been the subject of a civil lawsuit alleging rape and sexual assault and a lengthy report detailing a handful of past transgressions, including a second sexual misconduct incident.
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