By Tom E. Curran
The last night of the league year is usually pretty fun. NFL teams gassing up their owner's private planes so they can touch down right after midnight and brand new free agents can be courted.This year? Not so fun. When the league year ends at midnight, the lights may go out for a while. The collective bargaining agreement expires, there's a gulf to be bridged between the NFL and the NFLPA before a new one is enacted and the lawyers are foiling up for a fight. We'll follow the progress down there and link you through to the poobah, Mike Florio at ProFootballTalk.com when necessary. His explanation of why the NFLPA may not want to decertify is good for the brain today as talk of decertification looms and most people don't know what the hell it means. Also today, there's a collection of Patriots at Children's Hospital for the Mix 104.1 "Cares for Kids Radiothon."Leigh Bodden, Patrick Chung, Jerod Mayo and Rob Ninkovich are expected to be there. We'll catch up with them after they visit with patients and help with the fundraising effort.
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Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Antonio Brown posted an apology on social media Tuesday night for his Facebook Live video that has caused a stir over the last few days.
"I let my emotions and genuine excitement get the best of me, and I wanted to share that moment with our fans," said Brown in a statement on his Twitter. ""It was wrong of me to do, against team and NFL policy, and I have apologized to Coach Tomlin and my teammates for my actions.
"I'm sorry to them for letting it become a distraction and something that they've had to answer questions about while we're preparing for a big game on Sunday."
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday that he has “absolutely no worries on the video's effect" on Sunday's game against the Patriots, but it was "selfish and inconsiderate" of his star wide receiver.
Brown could still be fined for violating the league's social-media policy. The policy states that players, coaches and football operations personnel are banned from using social media on game days 90 minutes before kickoff, during games, and before "traditional media interviews."
Tom E. Curran explains why he thinks the Pittsburgh Steelers' biggest weakness is a New England Patriots strength and that will impact the game on Sunday.