Former Steelers WR Emmanuel Sanders Rips Ben Roethlisberger's Leadership

Sanders says he 'speaks the truth' on NFL Network

Matt Koll
January 14, 2019 - 11:04 am
Emmanuel Sanders

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan)- A quick jog of your memory, because it feels like a long time since Emmanuel Sanders donned the black and gold.

At one point, the Steelers had a log jam at the wide receiver position and couldn't afford to keep them all. Mike Wallace, Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown were all set to get paid. 

Only one of them did with Pittsburgh...Antonio Brown.

When Sanders signed with Denver after the 2013 season, he made headlines when he said that his new quarterback Peyton Manning was "a far better leader" than Roethlisberger and even called his work ethic into question. 

Fast forward to this past weekend and it appears that Sanders' opinion of Ben hasn't changed. He was a guest analyst on NFL Network's NFL Gameday show and commented on the Steelers current saga with Antonio Brown. 

Sanders was critical of Brown, saying that what he did in not showing up to practice and not returning the phone calls of Art Rooney II and Mike Tomlin was "the ultimate disrespect." Then he had this to say...

"Something that a lot of people aren't even talking about, I promise you this situation got way worse I bet when Big Ben said that AB has to come flat on that play," said Sanders. "This is the leader of the team? And you're going to throw somebody under the bus when you could have handled that in a totally different [way> and been like, 'It's my fault,' whole nine yards. You didn't even have to throw Antonio Brown's name in that or even say that he had to do that."

"You literally took pressure off you and put that whole situation on Antonio Brown. I bet Antonio Brown was frustrated." 

Sanders wasn't done there.

"To me, all of that (Ben calling out AB) is disrespectful. I would take all of that as disrespect," said Sanders. "I remember talking to Mike Wallace, me and Mike Wallace were talking about this situation. I said, 'If Ben called me out on a radio show the next day, I would literally walk up to him in the locker room  and say hey man, don't do that. Keep my name out of your mouth.'"

"The game versus us, the rookie receiver. He threw the rookie receiver under the bus. It's like, you're the leader of this team, be a leader. That's the reason why my comments when I first became a Denver Bronco and I said Peyton Manning is a far better leader than Ben Roethlisberger, that's the reason why all that now is coming to fruition."

"I don't lie, I don't hate anybody, I just speak the truth. And that's the truth."

Here is a clip of Sanders' appearance on NFL Network. 


 You can listen to The Fan Morning Show discuss these comments from Sanders below.