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As he eyes a possible exit from the Pittsburgh Steelers, Antonio Brown is letting his feelings on quarterback Ben Roethlisberger be known.
Brown renewed his criticism of Roethlisberger in an interview that aired Friday on HBO’s “The Shop,” hosted by LeBron James and Maverick Carter. Brown took issue with how the six-time Pro Bowl passer blamed him for a game-sealing interception against the Denver Broncos last season.
“All year, the dude called me out,” Brown said of Roethlisberger. “We lose a game, he’s like, ‘Damn, AB should have run a better route.’ “
Asked by Carter why Roethlisberger would make such a statement, Brown said, “That’s the type of guy he is. He feels like he’s the owner. Bro, you threw this (expletive) to the D-line. How the (expletive) am I going to run a better route? You need to give me a better ball.”
Brown’s remark was not the first time he likened Roethlisberger’s mentality to that of a team owner, as he explained his relationship with the veteran in February on Twitter.
At the NFL scouting combine, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said trade interest in Brown had grown, with more teams reaching out after his statement the previous week that three organizations had inquired about the four-time all-pro. Brown said in February that both he and Pittsburgh leaders agreed it was best for both sides to move on, but Colbert said the franchise would only make a trade if it were in the team’s best interest.
“If there’s something that can be done to benefit both sides, great. If not, then we’ll deal with that when we get to it.”
Colbert also walked back a remark last week in which he said Roethlisberger had “52 kids under him,” but he told NFL Network that the quarterback remains the “unquestioned leader” of the team. Brown was not satisfied with that response.
“Of course he tried to clarify because, you know, he stated the truth and he’s going to backpedal on his words,” Brown told ESPN on Tuesday. “But what grown man is calling another grown man a kid? ‘Fifty-two kids.’ Like, you don’t have no respect for these guys? Like, these are the guys that go to work for you. And that’s what I’m telling you guys … that’s my issue. You know what I’m saying? It’s all about respect.”
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