Pittsburgh Steelers players have voiced support for Mike Tomlin and Antonio Brown in the wake of Sunday's post-game Facebook Live incident.
Brown's since-deleted video spans 17 minutes and captured the wide receiver posing for the camera and celebrating with his team-mates following the Steelers' win over the Kansas City Chiefs, which earned them a meeting with the New England Patriots for a place at Super Bowl LI.
The video also recorded head coach Tomlin's expletive-laced locker-room address to the team, which reportedly included referring to the Patriots as "those a**holes."
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and star quarterback Tom Brady both moved to play down the saga on Monday, while Steelers guard Ramon Foster and long snapper Greg Warren came out in a show of solidarity with both Brown and Tomlin.
"It wasn't anything malicious," Foster said, in quotes reported by the Pittsburgh Tribune Review. "It just happened his iPhone was really good.
"I have no problem with it. Everybody's an a**hole in this league, in my opinion. You have to be to play this sport. Coaches don't become head coaches by being nice guys."
"I think there are some things that are kind of sacred," added Warren. "I personally like to keep some of this stuff private.
"AB is AB. He can do what he wants to do - we love AB. He's a heck of a player, and we will rally around him. Whatever he needs, we'll help give it to him.
"Personally, I like some of that stuff sacred but this is a changing world, changing environment. I can't be some old guy stuck under a rock, that's for sure."