NFL players have been mighty sensitive with the media this summer. Shortly after Jacksonville Jaguars defensive back Jalen Ramsey was suspended for threatening a reporter, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has called out another reporter.
Ed Bouchette, a longtime Steelers beat writer, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, tweeted Monday about Brown limping off at practice.
Antonio Brown limps off practice after some early individual work— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) August 13, 2018
Brown clearly didn't take kindly to it, calling out Bouchette for "making shit up."
Bro seriously have some respect you making shit up clown https://t.co/SxgHHee7KV— Antonio Brown (@AB84) August 13, 2018
But it appears Bouchette's report was accurate, per Adam Schefter.
Even though Steelers’ Antonio Brown limped off practice field today, he did not aggravate his quad injury and he is “fine”, according to a source familiar with his condition. Nothing significant.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 13, 2018
Bouchette later added that Brown was not seriously injured.
Mike Tomlin said the plan for Antonio Brown today was for him to do individual work and that is all. No injury aggravation— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) August 13, 2018
Brown, however, was still upset about the report Tuesday morning.
Integrity of journalist pic.twitter.com/OyxRBPccti— Antonio Brown (@AB84) August 14, 2018
Bouchette's report was typical of the news-sharing that always comes out of open practice sessions, so it's strange that Brown got so defensive.
Last season, Brown caught 101 balls for 1,533 yards and nine touchdowns. The 30-year-old has qualified for five consecutive Pro Bowls and has garnered four straight First-Team All-Pro honors.