Roethlisberger: Antonio Brown created “distraction that none of us really need”

AP

After Sunday’s game against the Ravens, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger laughed when he was asked about wide receiver Antonio Brown‘s sideline outburst before saying that things were “fine now” with the “very passionate” receiver.

Roethlisberger had a different answer on Tuesday. Roethlisberger was a guest on “The Cook and Poni Show” on 93.7 The Fan and said that Brown’s angry response to not getting the ball after he broke open in the middle of the field “is causing a distraction that none of us really need.”

Roethlisberger said that the placement of the Ravens’ safeties on the play called for him to read the right side of the field, away from Brown, and he threw an incomplete pass to Le'Veon Bell.

“He got upset because he was open, which I can understand, sometimes that happens,” Roethlisberger said. “I was disappointed because it’s not like I intentionally missed him, it’s not like I intentionally didn’t throw it to him. I was doing what my reads tell me to do, I don’t even want to say I made a mistake, because I was reading the side I was supposed to read. It’s just unfortunate that it happened, and it’s unfortunate that he acted and reacted that way.”

Roethlisberger said he told Brown that he wished he would have spoken to him rather than knocking over a Gatorade bucket because it “goes a lot further than throwing a temper tantrum.” He added that he’s not trying to call Brown out in his answer, although it may be tough for others to see things the same way given the venue Roethlisberger chose to address the matter.

71 responses to “Roethlisberger: Antonio Brown created “distraction that none of us really need”

  1. You know what a distraction is? Two days later, when you decide to address an internal issue in the public eye. He could have easily no commented that question and handled it internally, instead, he throws his teammate under the bus yet again. Never a good idea to call a teammate out in the media.

  2. Non-issue. Emotions ring high when your wide open and don’t get the ball. They won the game. The Steelers need to learn to quit creating distractions so there won’t be any.

  3. Antonio Brown “is causing a distraction that none of us really need.”
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    Now if you excuse me, I’m going to play up an injury while openly pondering retirement

  4. Brown is a bit of an alarming guy. He’s not as bad as Beckham but he’s trying to be. These receivers need to understand that if they are not Julio Jones, they are expendable in this pass happy league.

  5. thrifty says:
    October 3, 2017 at 12:44 pm
    You mean a distraction like staying in the locker room during the national anthem?

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    I know, right? Just imagine if Trump had never opened his mouth. Then we still wouldn’t have this story for people to be whining about a week and a half after the fact.

  6. Just when I was starting to think that Brown was sort of an exception to the Diva receivers in the league, he goes and does something “Diva”. Why? Because he’s starting to read his own press clippings. Thinking about HIS stats above the team. You had better be very careful AB, the Steelers do not tolerate that. Not with the depth they have at the position and their uncanny ability to draft well at the WR spot.

    On a side note, I truly believe that Ben is just NOT the same player he was a few years ago. I think HE is the thing that is holding this offense back with all the weapons it has. Last week was better, being he wasn’t looking for AB on every pass play, but that was against a very poor team. We will see.

  7. This team simply has no discipline on or off the field.
    Drug suspensions, personal fouls, missed tackles, missed assignments, and the list goes on.

  8. They are both jerks, but it should have been addressed internally, not on a radio show that everyone is listening to. Here come the locker room problems…

  9. I actually forgot about Antonio’s little outburst from this weekend….well not forgot but rather had moved past it and wasn’t really thinking about it….until the starting QB decided to offer a soliloquy on it. You know we can all hear you Ben. What happened to we talked about it and moved on to prepping for the next game?

  10. Antonio brown and leveon bell are both critical, absolutely critical, to the steelers offense. Anybody who tells you otherwise—I will take some of what they are having. That’s why they can get away with this stuff. It’s part of the drama of football, the inmates running the asylum, but OBJ is a great talent and the Giants are 0-4. It’s almost like teams become falsely dependent on their super stars.

    I’m glad the Lions aren’t saddled with one. Even when they had Calvin, who was never a prima Donna, but the offense just had to run through him bc he was their best player, things didn’t go as well. It sounds crazy but they seem better off without him and his bloated contract. Never thought i would say that about Megatron. But if a steelers fan is honest, they don’t want to think about the offense without brown and bell.

  11. youngnoizecom says:
    October 3, 2017 at 12:54 pm
    Somebody called AB expendable like he hasn’t led the league in receiving four times. Watch football before you speak.

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    And other than putting up some great fantasy football stats, what exactly had it helped the Steelers win?

    0 AFCCG
    0 SB

  12. Didn’t anyone see Philip Rivers’ cry baby act this weekend??? Why is it when a QB throws a sideline tantrum, he’s seen as a fiery leader? Yet when a receiver does it, he’s seen as a “diva” or a “distraction”? Phillip Rivers not only yelled at his coach on the sideline but he defied him by sending the punting unit off the field after his coach called for a punt! This of course led to a delay of game penalty because they didn’t have a play ready to send in.
    Rivers was yelling at his teammates, coaches and officials all day, but…Antonio Brown gets the “diva” headline this week?

  13. @NHPATS Well since football is a team sport, one player’s efforts can’t necessarily overcome the deficiencies of 11 defensive players, a few on the offensive line and so forth. But I’ll let you cook because you generally seem to have pretty dumb views on football.

  14. Insult to injury, Fat Ben lacks the touch/finesse to hit that receiver in the flat. Between him and Flacco, that’s like $200M of overrated “captains”.

    Pathetic.

  15. Name the last Team to win a Superbowl with a top 5 WR… exactly!!!

    Name the last Team to win a Superbowl with a top 5 RB… Seattle!!!

    RB > WR … if Atlanta had a good RB, they might’ve been able to close out the Pats…

    Steelers don’t deserve Leveon Bell…but the classy Steelers and classy Brown deserve each other…

  16. Big Ben just called BS on Antonio Brown, and it was about time. From the playoff debacle when he was making a podcost while his head coach addressed the team, to his me-me attitude. Nobody works harder than Brown, and he is probably the best receiver in the league. But that does not give you a license to put yourself about the team. Great leadership Captain Big Ben. Well done.

  17. Name the last Team to win a Superbowl with a top 5 WR… exactly!!!

    Name the last Team to win a Superbowl with a top 5 RB… Seattle!!!
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    I would debate Demarious Thomas as a top 5 WR over the last 5 years.

    His numbers are as solid as AJ Green, who most would say is top 5 for sure.

  18. Odell Beckham, Antonio Brown, Julio Jones, AJ Green. You can make an argument that the first two of these elite receivers are better than the other 2, but there’s not a team in this world that wouldn’t take Green and Jones over the other 2 divas.

  19. mmmpierogi says:
    October 3, 2017 at 12:50 pm
    thrifty says:
    October 3, 2017 at 12:44 pm
    You mean a distraction like staying in the locker room during the national anthem?

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    I know, right? Just imagine if Trump had never opened his mouth. Then we still wouldn’t have this story for people to be whining about a week and a half after the fact.
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    The truth of the matter is that if Colin Kaepernick hadn’t started it in the first place, none of these conversations would be taking place.

    #speakingtruth

  20. Ben has a lot of nerve. He didn’t get the reputation for being a Drama Queen by accident. It is because he is no stranger to creating distractions himself. Motorcycle incident, faking up injuries, retirement talk, rape incidents, repeatedly throwing his coaches and teammates under the bus, calling out players in the media – like he is doing right now. Not to mention being a terrible leader and long ball passer! Yeah, Ben, we know you know distractions because you are one.

  21. Why isn’t Tom Brady called a diva when he throws a temper tantrum on the sidelines and lambasts his teammates and how come Belichick gets a pass when he breaks an IPad. Or even when Philip Rivers pulls a temper tantrum like he did last week, no one said anything, it was fine. Instead, people refer to Brown and Beckham hypocritically and I wonder why that is? Why is the criticism only reserved for those guys? Aren’t they just fiery competitors like their counterparts? Please explain to me the difference.

  22. youngnoizecom says:
    October 3, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    Why isn’t Tom Brady called a diva when he throws a temper tantrum on the sidelines and lambasts his teammates and how come Belichick gets a pass when he breaks an IPad. Or even when Philip Rivers pulls a temper tantrum like he did last week, no one said anything, it was fine.
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    Probably because those guys aren’t being selfish.

  23. When Brady does the same he is not called a diva, but just an upset leader…..bullhockey. The optics are bad but I respect AB’S drive to win….that being said Ben missed….it happens. Ben never should have let this out in public and the comments from the Pat’s fans are a joke because your worship of fiery Brady is legendary….hypocrites much? Of course…

  24. @mmack66 How aren’t they being selfish? AB was upset because he was wide open for a touchdown. Isn’t the name of the game to score more touchdowns than your opponent? Isn’t that how you win, by scoring touchdowns? Any missed opportunity is magnified in game of inches my friend.

  25. I LOVE the Steelers Haters! Keep it coming, it just shows how envious you are! Let me fill you in on something, when asked a question, it’s ok for a leader to call it like it is. Had Roethlisberger said it wasn’t a big deal, all of you haters would jump all over that. Had this been Flacco or Dalton, you would simply laugh it off because both teams are terrible.

  26. Antonio Brown is a great receiver, but the passing game becomes more effective when Le’Veon Bell is carving up the Defense with his runs. Sometimes Big Ben correctly tries to get Le’Veon more involved. Don’t be a diva, Antonio.

  27. Roethlisberger just created a distraction after most of the sports world had forgotten about the temper tantrum. He never was very smart. Brown may be a diva, but Ben just threw his teammate under the bus with this statement. Oh and for the person who said why doesn’t Brady get criticized for yelling at his teammates? It’s because he doesn’t make stupid statements that cause problems for the team like this one. He may have outbursts on the field but that’s where he keeps them. On the field and away from media attention. Most of the other quarterbacks grasp this concept except Ben apparently.

  28. I’ve never understood why Ben does this on the radio shows. This isn’t the first time. Early on I was taught to build someone up in public and dress down in private.

  29. AB acted like he more concerned about his fantasy numbers than winning the game.Ben throws to many times to Brown which is a simple fact.End of story!

  30. Roethlisberger just created a distraction after most of the sports world had forgotten about the temper tantrum. He never was very smart. Brown may be a diva, but Ben just threw his teammate under the bus with this statement. Oh and for the person who said why doesn’t Brady get criticized for yelling at his teammates? It’s because he doesn’t make stupid statements that cause problems for the team like this one. He may have outbursts on the field but that’s where he keeps them. On the field and away from media attention. Most of the other quarterbacks grasp this concept except Ben apparently.

    Just on the field in full view of the cameras enabling an unbiased viewer to read his lips. Come on homer….get real your spin is embarrassingly weak. So Brady will subtly knife a team mate in the back during an interview….it’s still a stab to the person it’s directed at. So stop the nonsense about who is a diva and who isn’t please! Funny how Pat’s fans won’t look at the facts objectively when one of their heros is called out….infantile as one faux combat Sage espoused here recently.

  31. heartofsteel36 says:
    October 3, 2017 at 3:32 pm
    I LOVE the Steelers Haters! Keep it coming, it just shows how envious you are! Let me fill you in on something, when asked a question, it’s ok for a leader to call it like it is. Had Roethlisberger said it wasn’t a big deal, all of you haters would jump all over that. Had this been Flacco or Dalton, you would simply laugh it off because both teams are terrible.
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    I’m not a Steelers hater. I hate all things Pittsburgh! Pennsylvania should be called North Virginia.

  32. Those people who root for that team up in the northeast are having a very, very tough time dealing with the fact that their team has lost two of their first four games.

  33. I’m not a Steelers hater. I hate all things Pittsburgh! Pennsylvania should be called North Virginia

    Somebody wishes they had what Ben has. Jealousy is hard to hide…

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