One thing has become abundantly clear over the last few months is that Antonio Brown isn’t the biggest fan of Ben Roethlisberger. The Oakland Raiders wide receiver has not been shy about his feelings on the Steelers quarterback. Big Ben has recently seemed more willing to let bygones be bygones, but Brown isn’t having any of it.
In a recent interview with Michele Tafoya (via NFL reporter Dov Kleiman), Roethlisberger acknowledged that he should’ve refrained from calling out Brown in public.
“It ruined a friendship,” said Roethlisberger.
Brown isn’t one to stay quiet on matters which involve him and he responded on Twitter fairly quickly.
Note: Brown has since deleted the tweet, but Sports Illustrated captured a screenshot.
“Never friends just had to get my ends…….shut up already,” tweeted Brown.
Looks like Brown has little to no interest in burying the hatchet at this juncture. The Brown-Roethlisberger pairing was one of the most prolific in NFL history, but things soured greatly towards the end. The wide receiver forced his way out of Pittsburgh and was eventually traded to the Raiders. However, Brown apparently still has some admiration for Steelers fans as he offered to sign a fan’s jersey.
Brown also added another tweet shortly after the first one.
This tweet seems like Brown is throwing a bit more shade in Roethlisberger’s direction. He might be trying to make it seem as though he led Big Ben on to think they were friends, but that there was a reason for it. This is probably not the last we’ve heard from Brown on the matter.
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Where It All Went Wrong
The genesis of the beef between Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown can be traced back to 2017 after a game versus the Baltimore Ravens. Brown was upset that Big Ben missed him being open and was visibly angry on the sideline. After the dust settled, Roethlisberger gave an interview where he somewhat called Brown out.
“[Brown] got upset because he was open, which I can understand, sometimes that happens,” Roethlisberger said on “The Cook and Poni Show” on 93.7 The Fan. “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.”
Everything went downhill from there and their relationship deteriorated. Brown wasn’t a fan of being called out in public and was not shy about that fact. As the 2018 season was coming to a close, Brown finally began to force his way out. In February of 2019, he finally made it official and requested a trade. The Steelers didn’t have much of a choice and eventually caved in. They sent him to Oakland and only got third and fifth-round picks in return.
Now that Brown is with the Raiders, his antics have calmed down a bit. He had an issue with the NFL over which helmet he could wear, but that didn’t have anything to with the team. By most accounts, he seems very happy in Oakland. Time will tell if he can keep his head on straight while with the Raiders. His relationship with quarterback Derek Carr seems strong, but it’ll be hard to know for sure until the duo hit the field in a regular-season game.