Roethlisberger: I went too far criticizing Antonio Brown after Denver INT

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In the months leading up to the trade that sent wide receiver Antonio Brown from the Steelers to the Raiders, Brown said several critical things about Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

One instance concerned an interception Roethlisberger threw late in a November loss to the Broncos and the quarterback’s reaction to it. Roethisberger criticized Brown’s route-running and said he should have thrown to JuJu Smith-Schuster, which earned a rebuke from Brown that included his belief that Roethlisberger “feels like he’s the owner” because he wouldn’t take blame for throwing the pass.

In an interview with KDKA that is set to air in full Monday evening, Roethlisberger offered a belated apology for what he said after the loss.

“I took some heat and deservedly so for some of the comments on that show and especially towards him,” Roethlisberger said. “I genuinely feel bad about that and I’m sorry. Did I got to far after that Denver game? Probably. … That’s the thing about media and social media, As soon as you say ‘sorry’ it only goes so far. You can’t take it back. And I wish I could because if that’s what ruined our friendship and relationship, I’m truly, genuinely sorry about that.”

Roethlisberger’s comments came on his weekly in-season radio show and his comments on the show about Steelers matters frequently became fodder for commentary from others around the team. There was word in March that ending the show was under consideration and the way things melted down with Brown last year may be one of the reasons for the change in plans.

34 responses to “Roethlisberger: I went too far criticizing Antonio Brown after Denver INT

  1. He should end the show. You can’t burn both sides of a candle and expect you won’t get burned.

  2. As I said previously when this came out, the replay CLEARLY shows who’s at fault on that play. Route was too shallow? Ya right. Play wasn’t there and shoulda been thrown away. Big Baby.

  3. Now that is the format a real apology should follow. Politicians should take a cue and drop the non-apology format that starts, “I regret it if anyone was offended by something I may have said that was misquoted, taken out of context, or misconstrued.”

  4. It was a lazy route and a forced garbage pass end of story. As far as their relationship if thats all it took to break it up it was a fake friendship to begin with.

  5. He comes out and owns it, and people still hate.

    Oh and NO team is like the Gase led Yets.

  6. Ben gettin soft in his old age?

    And you either went too far or you didn’t; no “probably” about it. And you did.

    Lame apology.

    But that’s Ben, no surprise.

  7. There is nothing worse in sports these days than the forced apology. No need to apologize here.

  8. steelcurtainn says:
    May 20, 2019 at 3:26 pm
    So what, And AB cries about it. Can’t wait to see the Carr and Brown blow up infusion. Should of just manned up AB.

    Even when Ben owns up to it the Steelers fans can’t see that it was Roethlisberger that’s the problem not AB

  9. It’s hard to accept an apology as genuine when it comes in response to a question on a radio interview months after the fact. Just as it’s hard to accept criticism when it’s delivered on a public forum rather than man-to-man.

  10. I would be happy to call Roethlisberger a baby or a diva to his face. Or that he hasn’t prepared well enough or worked on conditioning throughout his career(until this year). Not because I’m a tough guy, because I think it’s the truth.

  11. That was one of the worst picks I’ve ever seen. It was a bad play call but even worse execution. 100% on Ben. It’s hard to pick a side in the AB v. Ben feud because they’re both jerks.

  12. He had to apologize publicly because he called Brown out publicly. Now Ben should stop doing things publicly and keep it in house.

  13. Ben’s a great player but he’s made his share of bobo turnovers. At least he’s finally showing some remorse I guess. Still happy AB’s gone though.

  14. Krombopulos Michael says:
    May 20, 2019 at 3:41 pm
    steelcurtainn says:
    May 20, 2019 at 3:26 pm
    So what, And AB cries about it. Can’t wait to see the Carr and Brown blow up infusion. Should of just manned up AB.

    Even when Ben owns up to it the Steelers fans can’t see that it was Roethlisberger that’s the problem not AB
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    I think it’s fair to say Roethlisbrger was part of the problem but I think AB clearly takes much more of the blame for how things went down.

  15. Thing is if was the wrong route he has every right to chew him out but you got to do it on the sideline. Aikman used to get onto Irving for bad routes but he never did it publicly. Either way if that’s what ended the friendship it wasn’t much of one to begin with.

  16. Perhaps he is concerned AB will catch 110+ passes and 1400+ yard with the Raiders, and will expose the fact that AB MADE Benny a better QB…

    Ben won 2 superbowls without Brown or Bell. My money says neither will come close to their numbers in Pitt.

  17. This is why this franchise, which was once considered the best in the league (they’ve obviously been passed by the Patriots), is in it’s slow but steady decline. Why is this meathead even discussing AB or past turmoil and team issues. His and his team’s sole focus should be on the upcoming season. He should’ve followed the lead of fellow meathead Mark McGwire and not spoken about the past but the big dummy couldn’t contain himself. But I guess when Mike Tomlin and Ben are the de facto leaders of your team, bad things are bound to continue to happen. It’s the gift that keeps on giving and it’s a beautiful thing.

  18. Broncos jumped the route and there was too much pressure, throw it away and try again

  19. Even when Ben owns up to it the Steelers fans can’t see that it was Roethlisberger that’s the problem not AB
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    Big Bens not the problem. He’s got 2 rings and has earned the right to call out players. Its football here man not ice skating. AB just couldn’t handle the heat and now he should get plenty of it on Oakland.

  20. steelcurtainn says:
    May 20, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    Big Bens not the problem. He’s got 2 rings and has earned the right to call out players. Its football here man not ice skating. AB just couldn’t handle the heat and now he should get plenty of it on Oakland.

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    Rings don’t matter in this context. No one has the right to do that in public. He’s absolutely earned the right to do it in private though.

  21. Steelers’ fans have already decided Brown was the worst receiver in history. Now they have egg on their face because Little Ben is on his knees begging for forgiveness.

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