Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor and Antonio Brown — who recently signed a five-year extension — got into a fight Sunday afternoon during training camp. It was the second time this preseason that Brown and Taylor have been involved in a scuffle together.
The Brown and Taylor fight started when the two were wrestling for a pass in the endzone. Brown was thrown to the ground and then immediately got up and threw a punch at Taylor. It didn’t stop there. Taylor then went after Brown at midfield when the practice was over. Multiple players tried to break it up and Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert even had to get try breaking it apart.
Taylor and Brown were joined by safety Ryan Clark and receiver Jerricho Cotchery with Colbert and receivers coach Scotty Montgomery after the practice. Taylor and Brown eventually left the field together while Taylor held an ice pack to his forehead.
Neither player spoke to the media after practice but head coach Mike Tomlin downplayed the incident saying ”We’re competitors … those things happen.
“These guys understand what we’re working for, and when we step into stadiums, we’re together. When you fight your brother, sometimes, it gets a little heated … the guys understand what that’s about, and they’ll leave it on the grass where it should be.”
Fights in preseason are usually no big deal but this could be a situation to watch. Taylor and Brown now have a history with each other and it could lead to a potential “blame game” in the locker room if the team struggles early in the season. For now it is a non-issue but it could lead to chemistry issues down the road.