Brown said after the game that he’s a passionate player and got excited over a big-play opportunity.

Washington receivers coach Ike Hilliard, among others, walked past Pryor during the exchange, and Hilliard briefly turned around as Pryor started toward the fan. Another fan shouted to Pryor, “Do something, Terrelle! Do something, baby!”

But Pryor said his initial anger stemmed from a fan calling him the N-word during the Redskins’ 29-20 loss.

Via Instagram Stories, Pryor wrote that he was called this “several times to the point where an NFL employee had to step to me and stand by me the whole game from second quarter on is the exact reason why guys are kneeling during the anthem.”

Pryor, who has only stood during the anthem, said that after hearing someone call him the N-word and then having fans shout obscenities, “me flicking the person off is more deserving.”

Roethlisberger also told 93.7 that he prefers Brown talk to him about missed plays instead of creating a distraction. Asked whether Brown will get the message, Roethlisberger said, “I’m sure.”

“He’s a professional,” said Roethlisberger, who added that the players have moved on from the flare-up. “He’s probably the best wide receiver in the game now, maybe to ever play.”

On Wednesday, he tweeted an apology.

Defensive end Cam Heyward joked it’s not as if Brown acted like former Indiana basketball coach Bob Knight, who once famously threw a chair across the floor in the middle of a game.9

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