The Reason Antonio Brown Demanded A Trade From The Steelers

The Reason Antonio Brown Demanded A Trade From The Steelers



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Things between Antonio Brown and Ben Roethlisberger seemed fine.They had a connection envied by the rest of the league as Brown had the best four-year stretch by a wide receiver in the history of the NFL. The Pittsburgh Steelers were rolling as a result and always felt like a threat in the AFC, especially when considering Roethlisberger already having a pair of Super Bowl victories to his name.But early in 2017, the cracks began to show. After the quarterback failed to notice a wide-open Brown during a game against the Ravens, the receiver took his frustrations out on a water cooler. Instead of keeping things behind closed doors, Roethlisberger expressed his thoughts about the sideline outburst on the radio for all to hear. This would become a theme in their beef, as Pittsburgh’s signal-caller had used the tactic with other wide receivers, and would continue to voice his Brown-related opinions on 93.7 The Fan.It would become apparent that there weren’t many of his teammates that approved of this tactic, but the Steelers coaches and front office didn’t seem to mind. That only exacerbated the issues, and while Big Ben took to the radio, Brown took to Twitter to make himself known. With so much being aired out in the open, the speculation from the media grew and the players were peppered with questions about their relationship.They did their best to play nice, but by the end of 2018, it had snowballed into something that couldn’t be hidden. Brown was benched for their final game of the season after a spat at practice. It went off the rails from there in a way that all but guarantees we haven’t heard the end of it.Written and produced by Alex Rubenstein
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Antonio Brown and Ben Roethlisberger made beautiful magic together as the league's most dynamic aerial connection for upwards of a half decade then all of a sudden the two Canton bound superstars just couldn't play nice this is the inexplicably stupid history of their beef the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Ben Roethlisberger 11th overall in 2004 and he provided immediate dividends taking over a starting quarterback in week three of his rookie season and setting an NFL record by winning each of his first 14 career starts in guiding his squad to the AFC Championship game he won Super Bowl extra-large for an encore becoming the only quarterback to ever hoist the Lombardi Trophy before blowing out 24 candles in the ensuing years he'd break every meaningful franchise passing record get a 9 figure contract extension and win another Super Bowl in February 2009 he was an established bona fide superstar going into his seventh season in 2010 when the Steelers used a sixth round pick on a little-known wide receiver out of Central Michigan named Antonio Brown by year two he burst on the scene teaming with Mike Wallace to form one of the league's top receiving duo's leading to a lucrative five-year extension after just his second season once Wallace left for Miami in 2013 Brown and Benz set fire to the entire NFL and by the time the dust settled on the 2016 season Brown had posted the most prolific for year receiving stretch in the history of the game that led to another big-money extension ahead of the 2017 season which definitely seemed to cement his status as a Steeler for life the first few games that year were business as usual but then came a week floor trip to Baltimore when Brown broke wide open for what would have been a huge third down play only for Big Ben to never even look his way browned threw a temper tantrum taking his frustration out on this poor cooler then a couple days later when Ben was making his weekly radio appearance he threw his wideout under the bus for creating a needless distraction explaining that it's not like I intentionally didn't throw 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 you see over the years Roethlisberger has consistently gone on the radio and aired team dirty laundry on a public platform and it's pissed off a whole bunch of his white outs after Emanuel Sanders left Pittsburgh to sign with the Broncos he went out of his way to note how much better of a leader Peyton Manning was than Ben Roethlisberger and noted his discussions with Wallace on the topic of been calling teammates out on the radio said of being called me out on a radio show the next day I would literally walk up to him a locker room is a bit like don't do that keep my name out of your mouth legendary Steelers wideout Hines Ward also voiced similar beliefs regarding Ben's leadership as it pertained to those radio segments you know I just think he has to take the initiative to kind of do more as a leader not just being able to call guys out on his radio show you don't have to air it out to the public where everyone can hear things were at least fine on the field throughout 2017 Browne notched his fifth consecutive all-pro season as the Steelers won 13 games and repeated his division champs but 2018 represented a huge fork in the road for the organization with Roethlisberger aging and star running back Le'Veon Bell on sabbatical their window to content was diminishing they kicked off the season by failing to defeat a brown squad who had lost 34 of their previous 35 games so tension was already high when they welcomed Pat mahomes in the Chiefs to the big ketchup bottle near the goal line down 12 with just a couple minutes left Brown expected and wanted that touchdown but then had other plans and was able to scramble for the TD Brown was irritated even though his team Yano scored they'd ultimately come up short in about an hour and a half following the game a tweet from a former team PR employee threw gas on the fire when he intimated that Browns massive success was simply and exclusively due to the presence of the two-time Super Bowl champ delivering him all the balls Brown responded with his first public acknowledgment to the world of his discontent in western Pennsylvania he'd delete that tweet but this is the internet where nothing is forever no putting that toothpaste back in the tube Roethlisberger tried to downplay the situation showering brown with praise and writing any antics off as a byproduct of his passion and burning desire to win they look to put this behind them and the team rebounded with a six-game winning streak providing a comfortable cushion in the AFC North leading into a week 12 game in Denver the Steelers were down a touchdown with just a minute left but this Roethlisberger scramble set them up with a first and goal on the doorstep of the goal line and what should have led to a game-tying score instead when Ben looked Browns way on this third down his toss was plucked out of the air by D lineman Shelby Harris as he's wont to do Ben took to the radio to publicly broadcast his blame of the whiteout and while he was at it voiced his belief that they should have just thrown four straight times to juju Smiths Shuster Brown shrugged it off as constructive criticism that he wasn't taking personally while Ben spoke to the media in front of his locker and dug in on his stance defending his unorthodox and antagonizing methods you have to know how to motivate different guys in different ways and I think that's part of being a leader being a captain sometimes you have to be honest with him and so I think that I've earned the right to be able to do that with as long as I've been here everything was falling apart and it showed on the field after that painful loss in Denver the Steelers dropped three of their next four putting themselves on the ropes and their playoff chances which looked like a certainty a month earlier on life support then all hell broke loose starting with the Wednesday leading up to that final game of the 2018 season former NFL wide receiver James Jones reported on NFL Network that Roethlisberger would consistently agitate Brown and it reached a boiling point when Brown allegedly ran the wrong route and a walk through practice and Ben demanded they replace him with someone else an irate Brown then Chuck the ball at Roethlisberger before storming out of Pratt hashing things out would also be tricky with the apparent lack of trust and respect brown hat for a signal collar well head coach Mike Tomlin tried to excuse Browns absence by making up a phony knee injury there was no keeping a lid on this brewing circus Brown would go completely AWOL ahead of their biggest game of the season skipping the entire week of practice including a Saturday walkthrough and their team meeting that night yet he somehow was under the impression that he'd still take the field and play the next day and when he didn't he left the stadium at halftime they wound up missing the playoffs despite losing only two of their first 10 games just the fourth time that's been done since the NFL's 1978 expansion to a 16 game regular season Ben ven did his final radio segment of the season and while he said some nice things about his whiteout he also made sure to point out that Brown wasn't returning any of his texts or calls about seven weeks later things reached DEFCON 1 see Ben Roethlisberger had been accused of committing sexual assault both in 2008 as well as in 2010 and in mid-february Brown had liked a pair of tweets that alluded to been getting away with these despicable allegations if there were ever any chance before that these two could bury the hatchet and move forward this was the match that burned any and all remaining bridges between brown and his quarterback but Brown didn't stop there the very next day he took to social media to accuse Ben of having an owners mentality that he can call out anybody he pleases with no means of recourse anyone can take their GM Kevin Kolbert was totally cool with it too even enabling that dynamic and alluded to Ben's 52 teammates as kids which only served to underscore and validate Browns point running back Le'Veon Bell fresh off signing a long-sought multi-year deal with the Jets explained that doing things Ben's way was tough and that management allowed him to become larger than the team the final straw came with the March 1st airing of an episode of the shop a talk show produced by LeBron James in which Brown executed a rapid-fire verbal assault on Ben oh yeah Guddu call me out we lose a game II like a bee should I ran a better route why would you why we been doing this how the guy hears you feel like he the owner brought you through the the very next day an interview with ESPN's Jeff Darlington aired in which he went in some moron been and their relationship I would have liked for me and be able to be cool you know I mean I thought we was cool but when I think I'd only what I've been in his house one time he'd been in my house one time and then we don't work out in the offseason it's like you know we really want to win you think that's winning that's not winning that's not winning culture for Roethlisberger the man who was never bashful about speaking his mind and sparking controversy on the radio had pretty much gone totally silent with nothing left to do but sit and wait for the end to come and he didn't have to wait long a week later Browns wish for a divorce from Ben and the Steelers was granted when they flipped him to the Raiders problems that could have seemingly been hashed out behind closed doors were instead exacerbated when taken public been perceived to star wide receiver to be too hot-tempered erratic and sloppy ground thought the two rings won by his star quarterback somehow managed to make his head even bigger and felt slighted by a lack of respect from his QB while resenting the deference the organization showed to Ben things quickly spiraled out of control when the two were forced to coexist his teammates now that's ancient history

46 thoughts on “The Reason Antonio Brown Demanded A Trade From The Steelers”

  1. Dude you do not know what your talking about! the Steelers are far better off without wining babies on the team who can not take people calling them out on their immature behavior!!!

  2. I can't wait to see AB meltdown when DC can't put the ball where Big Ben could. Keep buying your personal chefs diamond encrusted knives. This fool will be broke in ten years. AB? You are a hard worker no doubt. I think Burfict gave you CTE. Juju laid him out as payback for you and you called Juju out. You are a FOOL!

  3. Rapistberger . Thats not an accusation , its a fact . That girl was raped in a club ladies room , by big ben , while his buddie kept others from opening the door . That cost ben millions .
    But nobody talks about it . WHY ? ? ?

  4. Ben calls it as he sees it. I never saw anyone come on an interview and defend him dude owns his mistakes too. And half his ints come from passes thrown to brown. Dude also praised AB every chance he got. And its no contest they were a match made in heaven. Maybe when its all over for both well see a video of them playing some retirement catch someday.

  5. I'm sure it had nothing to do with anything Brown did.

    Nothing to do with throwing furniture out of windows or telling police he had a team meeting after being caught speeding ridiculously over the speed limit. Nothing to do with the coach having to lie to the media about why Brown wasn't at practice or camp.

    It's all Bigb Ben's fault.

  6. Ab is the man, Ben is obviously a superbowl caliber QB when he has talent around him, but as a Bears fan I cant stand Ben. He remind me of a negative Jay Culter or Aaron Rodgers, their ego & head is so big they think they're the greatest & own the team but their negativity gets players traded & coaches fired. Players like this stall organizations by complaining like Lebron cant deal w whoever's around him or make them better like real leaders, but he let's just trade our #1 Rb & #1 reciever in the league bc Ben said so! I get a real toxic vibe from Ben reminds me of ppl I played w.

  7. Ben is about Ben. He reminds me of Dan Marino, always wanted to throw the ball & be the "Man", never wanted to let his RB control the game & win. You have to have a running game to win Super Bowls, Period. There always comes a time that if you are going to win & put a game away you have to posses the ball, ei Run it & run clock.

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