Report: Ben Roethlisberger the player who angered Antonio Brown

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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Monday that Antonio Brown‘s dispute with a teammate led him to walk out last week. We now know the name of that player: Ben Roethlisberger.

Mark Kaboly of The Athletic reports that it was the Steelers quarterback who had a football thrown at his feet by an angry Brown. The disagreement between Roethlisberger and Brown occurred at a Wednesday walk-through.

Brown did not practice last week, with the Steelers listing him as a “coach’s decision” Wednesday and with a knee injury on Thursday and Friday.

The Pro Bowl receiver did not play in the game for disciplinary reasons not an injury concern, according to the Post-Gazette.

109 responses to “Report: Ben Roethlisberger the player who angered Antonio Brown

  1. He’s as mentally stable as Brandon Marshall was in his prime. Tomlin is doing a great job over there, glad they’re keeping him around.

  2. 3 playoff wins since 2010 has left this steelers fan feeling exhausted. So much wasted potential due to unnecessary drama surrounding this team. Big talent and bigger personalities.

  3. I can understand why Brown was angered, he needs to do well to get a big far contract.

    Of wait! He DID get a big fat contract.
    I guess it’s not enough to get paid, he has to act up.

  4. arrowhead816 says:
    December 31, 2018 at 5:34 pm
    Glad my team doesn’t have these types of divas. Every year theres locker room drama with the Steelers

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    When was your team’s last title? I am not even a Steelers fan but if I was 50 I wouldn’t remember the Chiefs Super Bowl.

  5. daburgher says:
    December 31, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    3 playoff wins since 2010 has left this steelers fan feeling exhausted. So much wasted potential due to unnecessary drama surrounding this team. Big talent and bigger personalities.

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    Hits the nail on the head.

    The Steelers always have buzz and are usually contending and folks still go bonkers for the mechandise. So keep steady, don’t rock the boat.

    From a money-making strategy, I can understand that. But as a sport, this football team should be much more competitive than they’ve been. Where were the great games this season? Win or lose, it was always an unsteady effort that could go either way.

    Ben Roethlisberger is about the ONLY reason the Steelers win at all.

  6. Brown is a diva, always has been since he shows up to training camp in a pimped out car, he’s a front runner. Steelers aren’t front running so he starting to get cranky.

  7. I just heard an explosion. Oh, that’s the Steelers organization blowing up. Ben only has a year left and he’s done. Steelers are done.

  8. “3 playoff wins since 2010 has left this Steelers fan feeling exhausted. So much wasted potential due to unnecessary drama surrounding this team. Big talent and bigger personalities.”
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    Detroit 1 playoff win in 61 years. Now that’s bad.

  9. As the Steelers have reminded us several times this year, you can’t spell DYSFUNCTIONAL without the word “FUN”

  10. AB has extended Big Ben’s career in the same way Odell has extended Eli’s career. If the Steelers trade AB expect Big Ben to take a big step back.

  11. This team was nothing but a loud, dysfunctional mess all year, yet all the experts claimed the Patriots were falling apart because Belichick and Brady hadn’t been seen riding a tandem bicycle through the park in over a werk.

  12. baltimoresnativeson says:

    December 31, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    How many monster receivers have won superbowls in the last 20 years?

    Zero

    Julio, Odell, AB, Fitz, Hopkins, AJ, Moss, = Ringless

    They distract more than they help
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    Julio, AJ, and Fitz (and Hopkins) are distractions? AJ is not the reason there are no SB rings in CINCY…If you need a good laugh, look at AJ’s stats/record vs. Bal. Bal is so proud of themselves by barely beating Cle to win division where other 2 contenders imploded.

  13. “How many monster receivers have won superbowls in the last 20 years?”

    Isaac Bruce + Torry Holt, Marvin Harrison + Reggie Wayne….Jordy Nelson, Demaryius Thomas

    Only 1 of 32 teams can win a Super Bowl in a given year, lest we forget. Odds are against it regardless.

  14. Wouldn’t this be a violation of the injury reporting policy? He apparently wasn’t hurt just didn’t show up and somebody in that organization decided to call it a knee injury.

  15. Called it. What other player would’ve triggered a suspension. Call me crazy but he probably didn’t like getting called out on the radio.

  16. “Diva QB, diva wide receiver. Both watching the playoffs from the coach”.
    ____________

    That must be a pretty big coach if Antonio and Big Ben are both watching from him.

  17. I understand and respect how important loyalty and continuity are to the Rooney family. But at some point they have to look at how it is being repaid and Tomlin is getting more embarrassing for them by the day. It’s his job to keep the kiddies focused and playing properly together in the sandbox, he sure as heck isn’t there for his game day coaching. Covering for AB by lying about an injury is unacceptable.

  18. Colin Cowherd is absolutely right. This Steelers team belongs on Hard Knocks. It’s just so dysfunctional. From Mike Tomlin’s lack of discipline on his players with losing like the last 10 challenges, to the Antonio Brown locker-room incident about the Patriots, to the Bell fiasco, to this current team missing the playoffs, it’s all like dealing with a spoiled 13-year-old drama queen. The team needs a better coach. All 31 other teams are happy to see that Tomlin is still there.

  19. The Steelers failures since 2008 at Brady’s feet, or rather knee. His missing 2008 gifted Tomlin an easy SB route to barely edge out a 9-7 joker Cards team for the title. That cemented Tomlin, and Ben really. Think about it, but for that turn of events, Tomlin would not have survived the following lean spell, or the trip.

    Same happened for Giants with Eli’s blindly thrown helmet catch. A blind bit of luck and you’re stuck with the guy.

  20. I don’t care much for Roth but he’s a pretty big fellow, so I wouldn’t be throwing a football at him.

  21. baltimoresnativeson says:
    December 31, 2018 at 5:51 pm
    How many monster receivers have won superbowls in the last 20 years?

    Zero

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    Rod Smith, Isaac Bruce, Torry Holt, Keyshawn Johnson, Hines Ward, Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne, Plaxico Burress, Greg Jennings, Anquan Boldin, Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders….tight ends like Shannon Sharpe (3x) Jeremy Shockey (2x) Gronkowski (2x).

    What’s a “monster” receiver? Lot of All Pro dudes on that list. Position is irrelevant. Some guys on that list are known divas and some are thought to be great guys. They are have rings because they played on championship TEAMS.

  22. Antonio was reportedly upset that his teammates voted JuJu their 2018 team MVP instead of him. Of course Antonio acted out because he was pissed that Big Ben wasn’t named MVP – HA HA just kidding. AB was pissed because HE wasn’t named MVP. He could care less about anyone but him being named MVP.

    If the Raiders got a #1 for Cooper, the Steelers should be able to get a #1 for AB. Do it in a heartbeat.

    Next year: No Bell. No Brown.

    And they can trade Tomlin now and get a #1 for him too.

  23. Roethlisberger has the FAR more checkered past, has proven himself to be an amoral sexual predator and vindictive self-important bully… and yet nearly every one of you blames Brown 100 percent. Gee… I just can’t come up with ANY explanation for that, what a mystery… this discussion has an interesting complexion, for sure.

  24. Mark Kaboly of The Athletic reports that it was the Steelers quarterback who had a football thrown at his feet by an angry Brown.

    …………………………………
    He was just showing Ben how not to throw the football.

  25. @EZWriter

    That’s got to be one of the weakest race card plays I’ve seen in many years.
    You’re absolutely right about Big Ben but your own bias is beyond obvious.

  26. Pittsburgher here. This team is a mess. I find myself rooting against the Steelers, hoping that enough of the nonsense will force the Rooney’s to make a move on Tomlin. Three playoff wins in eight years. Not nearly good enough when Roethlisberger is your quarterback.

  27. Ben and Brown are both selfish players. Ben never wants to take any blame and always has to play up injuries every game and throws his teammates under the bus. Brown is throwing stuff on the field and posting locker room talk on social media.

  28. Love AB’s game, but Steelers fans are getting sick & tired of the clown-show drama, and it’s getting worse every season.

    Hell AB isn’t even the best WR on the team anymore. JuJu beat him in total receotions and total receiving yards, in just his second season.

    * Note to AB:
    Better watch it AB, you’d be really freaking out if you had a scrub QB throwing you passes for a total of 396yds total for all of next season..

    Antonio Brown…. putting the “AB” in →BABY← since 2010.

    (Coming from a lifelong Steelers fan here in Pittsburgh)

  29. Typical Brown, full of himself because he is the face of Maden, will be like Bell, cry ,cry cry and move on. TOMLIN has not now or ever had control of his players. Tomlin has given a pass to Brown to many times. BROWN has shown himself on the sidelines to many times this year

  30. The Steelers need to move on from Tomlin. He can take the entire coaching staff, minus Munchak, and AB with him. The team is an accident looking for a place to happen. The list is endless as to why Tomlin needs to go, but the fact that he has no control over the team is a major glaring weakness. Also, Ryan Clark was right, AB loves AB, that’s it. I believe Rocky Bleier’s comments are representative of most old school Steelers’ fans, they certainly are of mine. I’m not “done” with the Steelers, but I’m sick of watching the train wreck they have become under Tomlin’s leadership. The fans are waiting AR 2.

  31. Brandon in Northwest Suburbia says:
    December 31, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    Rod Smith, Isaac Bruce, Torry Holt, Keyshawn Johnson, Hines Ward, Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne, Plaxico Burress, Greg Jennings, Anquan Boldin, Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders….tight ends like Shannon Sharpe (3x) Jeremy Shockey (2x) Gronkowski (2x).
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    Umm, Bruce, Holt, Harrison, Wayne and thats it amongst receivers. You’ll also notice they played as pairs with hall of fame QBs. The rest of the WRs? Not HOFers.

  32. AB will always be AB’s #1 fan…The immature, self-promotion act gets old (TO, Ocho, etc…). It is time to grow up and act like an adult. Try and adjust to life after football where nobody cares about you (or your stupid antics) if you’re not helping the team win. You should have thrown the football at JuJu he is your real enemy.

  33. AB has already been paid. He has very high standards and wants to win. If you interfere with AB and his goals, he’s going to let you know. He wants a ring. It’s as simple as that.

  34. I don’t follow the Steelers that close. But they are loaded with talent.

    That talent just hasn’t been producing, whatever the internal problems are.

    The Steeler fans are extremely loyal.

    To read all of their complaints on here speaks volumes.

    This season was a total disaster for them.

  35. Firing Tomlin is nonsense. Their coaches ride out the ebbs and flows until they decide to leave. Noll won 4 titles…way back in the 70s. Cowher won one in 14 years with loaded teams, although I’m sure Steeler fans think he won like 8, Tomlin is 1-1 in Super Bowls, in eleven years with zero losing seasons. I think the Rooney family knows what they’re doing.

  36. You know your team is great when any story comes out and fans of other teams take time to comment on the story to take shots.

    Fact is, most of your mediocre teams wish you had AB on your team. A guy who makes your offense run. 2 football players had a disagreement that led to one tossing the ball at the others foot, and it is trade him, he is bum, and on. First, none of you people commenting know the context behind what caused that. Also, when Brady and his Offensive coordinator were going at it few years back, I don’t remember anyone saying Brady should be cut or traded. Ben and AB will be fine. Now, I am sure you arm chair QBs can’t wait for the next nothing story to be outraged about.

  37. Every NFL team has some drama and personality clashes but what’s going on with the Steelers seems to be more than that, this team has so many talented players but if the real issues are actually within the coaching staff then the Rooney’s need to do what’s best for the organization and fan base regardless of how it makes them look

  38. How is Tomlin still employed?
    He’s had no control over his players for what….the last 5-6 years?
    I mean even Marvin Lewis had less than ideal “role models” for players & managed to keep his teams together!

  39. While I certainly agree Tomlin needs to go, I would like to see a wealthy Pittsburgher step up and buy the small Rooney share(s) and let them fade in the West, or elsewhere. The Rooney interest is the controlling interest and one doesn’t need to buy the whole deal.

  40. Catering to Little Ben’s every whim is proving to be this team’s ultimate downfall. Who cares if his whittle feewings are hurt? Fans need to face up to the fact they’ve been worshipping a selfish fraud all these years.

  41. EZWriter says:
    December 31, 2018 at 6:37 pm
    Roethlisberger has the FAR more checkered past, has proven himself to be an amoral sexual predator and vindictive self-important bully… and yet nearly every one of you blames Brown 100 percent. Gee… I just can’t come up with ANY explanation for that, what a mystery… this discussion has an interesting complexion, for sure.

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    I don’t blame Brown or Roethlisberger. Fact is, I blame Tomlin. His tough guy persona has filtered down to his players — black and white — for years. If Tomlin were white, I’d feel the same way about him.
    So don’t make this a race issue just because you can. Roethlisberger is no angel, but neither is Brown. And it’s no secret there’s animosity between them.
    Personally, I wouldn’t care if they beat each other’s brains out because I am not a Steelers fan. That way they’d both be red instead of black or white.

  42. Brown has been behaving erratically. Throwing furniture off a balcony, driving 100 mph on a road that is posted for 55mph, riding his ATV on major roads, etc.
    Someone needs to consider CTE – if not, then he is just a flaming you know what.
    The fact that Art Rooney is supposed to have called him is ridiculous and just rewarding bad behavior. Brown has been permitted to act out for a long time and the team took penalties for his “dances/excessive celebrations” Why was this tolerated? Tomlin’s answer was “What am I supposed to do – not play him?” Ask anyone who worked in management how that would have worked for them if they had staff acting out.

  43. …and when Brown got home after the walk-through,he threw a living room chair out the window. Both of these guys could log some serious hours in therapy because neither of them seems quite right to me.

  44. They should have traded Bell and showed some control over the team. Instead they played into his soap opera that extended to Brown. Tomlin barely looks in control.

  45. AB is another Prima Donna diva! He has become a cancer in the locker room. Time to send him down the road!

  46. Personally, I think Brown is angry because Ju Ju Smith-Schuster has more catches and more yards than he does. And, he has just one TD less than Brown, too.

  47. Brown threw the ball at Ben’s feet. When Ben throws the ball at AB feet he scoops it up and scores. Keep both players, get rid of the coach. It’s time. No one in football would fault you Rooney family.

  48. what is it with wide receivers? they’re a dime a dozen. Why do they always think that they are bigger than the team. Love his talent, but geez…I miss Chuck Knoll.

  49. Antonio, come to Cleveland and play with Jarvis Landry, Nick Chubb, Baker Mayfield and the rest of the young up and coming stars. They said Jarvis as a diva too, he seems pretty happy and would love to play along side of you. What more fun would it be to see you torching Joe Hayden on a regular basis! We’d welcome you with open arms!

    Signed,
    Browns Fans

  50. Holt, Bruce, Jordy, Wayne, Harrison and DT couldn’t hold Moss, Julio,and AB’s jockstrap.

    A whole different caliber of receiver.

    Brady, Ben, Flacco, Brees, Aaron, Russel, Foles, all got their rings without dominant wideouts.

    Point is, you dont need them.

    You need tough, consistent,fundamentally sound wideouts that dont complain….

    Hines, Boldin, Wayne, etc

  51. baltimoresnativeson says:
    December 31, 2018 at 5:51 pm
    How many monster receivers have won superbowls in the last 20 years?

    Zero

    Julio, Odell, AB, Fitz, Hopkins, AJ, Moss, = Ringless

    They distract more than they help.

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    I agree with some, but Fitz has been nothing but a team player his ENTIRE career, AJ and Hopkins keep a relatively low-profile considering their talent and accomplishments.

  52. It is time to expect MEN who play professional football to be MEN and not children. I’m sick of the “disrespected” whining that is going on. I am no Big Ben fan, but there should be some level of “respect” shown for a player with superior years on the team served. Brown is not a God. He needs to grow up.

  53. Been makes bad decisions and blames others. Notably he accepted blame in his exit interview. Brown is their most reliable receiver. The others are talented. Brown is a perfectionist, maybe the best route runner in the league with great competitiveness and a strong will to fight for the ball in key situations.

    We’d be happy to give Antonio a breath of NE air. We need another Moss. He got swept away by a rudderless mefirst locker room. With a real chance to win a SB I bet he is the consummate team player.

    They are a major rival but they rescued me from the Raiders and America’s Team in the 1970s. I want them to be scary. Tomlin could not inspire the players enough.
    They need a new GM and a new HC. Then they can spend one season to mainly find out who wants to remain and honor this proud franchise. The new GM can unload any player already deemed to be a lost cause and start the refurb. Then they scuttle any player that doesn’t make the cut knowing well what needs to be done.
    I am thrilled Cleveland and Baltimore are doing well. The Bengals can join the PAC 12 as far as I’m concerned. If they don’t right the ship soon they will be looking up at the Browns and Ravens for years.

  54. All world ability at receiver. If only he could keep his head straight.

    Guess you can’t have it all.

  55. How this franchise doesn’t fault Tomlin for the endless stream of drama within the “team” is beyond me. Every other coach and GM in the league talks about how important the locker room is to success, yet Tomlin slides by without scrutiny every time.

  56. Belichick gets a big assist in Brown’s latest meltdown praising Ju Ju, not AB, during the week of the Pitt / NE game. BB working his Hoodie mind games. NE may have lost that week’s battle but Pitt’s Section 8 attitude got them a dishonorable discharge.

  57. Let’s see, Emmanuel Sanders, Santonio Holmes, Mike Wallace, Plax…just to name a few. That front office isn’t afraid to send talented receivers packing! While AB’s stats are much better than those I mentioned, his welcome is wearing rapidly. Ben, on the other hand, has been smarter. He has been able to change and end most of the off field issues. Tomlinson the other hand, seems like he’d be a great neighbor or a great guy to go have a drink with, but the rest of the division and really league has to be glad they won’t fire him. This team wins due to Ben, AB at times, etc. Someone help me out here, but has Tomlin ever really wowed anyone with his coaching? Belicheck he ain’t!

  58. It was selfish of Brown, and so the Steelers are down and out.
    These overpaid players have huge ego’s, and unfortunately don’t
    have any clue how to behave like normal people.

  59. The Steelers are one of the most detestable teams in the league because of Ben Rottenburger and Mike Tomlin. They’re a couple of tools. Antonio Brown on ANY other team would be an absolute stud. I don’t blame him for wanting to leave and I hope he gets a chance to shine elsewhere.

  60. I always questioned someone who had travel from Florida to Mt. Pleasant Michigan in order to play D1 football. That was a red flag right there.

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