Roethlisberger Unsure of Cause of Brown Fallout

Steelers QB meets with media on first day of OTAs

Josh Rowntree
May 21, 2019 - 1:03 pm

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - Ben Roethlsiberger doesn’t know what went wrong. 

The Steelers' quarterback, criticized throughout the offseason for the split between he and Antonio Brown, spoke about the fallout after the team’s first OTA practice Tuesday. 

Brown, who began to publicly voice his frustrations with Roethlisberger and the Steelers as a whole, reportedly skipped practice during the final week of the season and did not play in the season finale. 

“It was hard to process it because I never knew anything,” Roethlisberger said “The last time we spoke was on Thursday, before the last game. We hugged, we had a great talk, everything was good. So I knew nothing. It was hard for me to know anything. 

“Then I heard, from a third party, that there were issues. So I reached out to him many times. Sent him texts, sent him calls. And this was all before the season was over and I never heard back. 

“So I could never really find out what was going on. That's why it was so confusing, I never knew where it came from. The week before was the Saints game, right? He had an unbelievable game. I never saw any of it coming. I would have loved to have the chance to talk to him. Whatever I did to offend him, I apologize to him. I tried to do that in person and talk to him, but he just wouldn’t allow me to.”

Brown took several shots at Roethlisberger, including saying that he has an “owner mentality.” Roethlisberger claims that he did not understand what that meant. 

Roethlisberger maintains that he tried to communicate with Brown to hear him out, something that Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin claimed that the team tried, as well.

Instead of hearing back, Roethlisberger, who claims to not use social media, heard of Brown’s criticisms secondhand. 

“It’s always tough,” he said. “It’s easier when you don’t do social media. That’s just not my thing. The biggest thing for me, in the offseason, was that I thought he was coming back. No one really knew what was going to happen. I anticipated that we would have a chance to get together, to talk, because I thought he’d be back on this team. 

“Once he was gone, that’s not my style to come out and say anything. So I just focused on the guys we have here, moving forward. That’s what’s most important to me now.”

Despite not being on social media, Roethlisberger says he felt the impact of the attacks from Brown and others. 

“As professional athletes, we always talk about thick skin,” he said. “We have to have it to deal with all the things we have to deal with, the media, the fans, opposing stadiums, all those things. But I’d be lying if I said that it didn’t bother us at times. It does start to hurt.”

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