Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) is all smiles on the sidelines with linebackers coach, and former player, Joey Porter,

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Joey Porter Criticizes Ben Roethlisberger's Leadership

Joey Porter, said Ben Roethlisberger’s apology to Antonio Brown was “a little too late” and that Ben uses his power all for himself.

May 26, 2019 - 12:10 pm

PITTSBURGH (93.7 the Fan) – Former Pittsburgh Steelers’ linebacker and former Steelers outside linebackers coach, Joey Porter, told NFL Total Access that Ben Roethlisberger’s apology to Antonio Brown was “a little too late” and that Ben uses his power all for himself.

While talking about the fallout between Brown and Roethlisberger, Porter said, “Now that [Roethlisberger is> being a man and apologizing now, it’s a couple days too late. All of that probably could’ve been avoided if he was coming to them and saying, ‘I didn’t handle that the right way.’ But that’s the way he chose to go about it. He’s apologizing now, and it’s a little bit too late.”

When asked about another one of Ben’s criticisms, that he puts himself on another level from the rest of his teammates, Terrell Davis said that when he played with quarterback John Elway, Elway never put himself above anyone—his role was to use his power to better his teammates.  

“The one thing that I respected about John [Elway> was that John had power, he had a lot of power, but he never abused the power. He never took advantage of being John Elway. So when players saw that, when I saw that, as a young player, I gravitated towards that. I respected John. I trusted John.”

“The key is that you are one of the guys. And John was one of the guys. He hung out with us. He never felt like he was above the team even though, we knew, he was basically ownership. But he never used his power to go against the current players.”

Per ProFootballTalk, Porter responded by saying “It’s clear [Roethlisberger> has the power, and how he uses it? He uses it for him.”

Porter went on to say that the team would be better off if everyone in the Steelers’ locker room respected Roethlisberger

 “You want your locker room to love you,” Porter said.

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