Antonio Brown's beef with Ben Roethlisberger was heated, sudden, and so avoidable

  • Published: 11 April 2019
  • For more Pennsylvania-based quarterback-wide receiver beef, check out the episode starring Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens

    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
    Shot by Jiazhen Zhang
    Edited by Jiazhen Zhang and Mike Das


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  • Gandalf the gray
    Gandalf the gray  6 hours back

    Crazy how ben pushed away alot of good receivers

    • jjmah7
      jjmah7  8 hours back

      I see this video is trending again, can’t imagine why...🙄

      • Emiliano Zapata
        Emiliano Zapata  12 hours back

        7:34 well that did not age well😂

        • ciales boy
          ciales boy  20 hours back

          Now AB getting accused of sexual assault payback?

          • Nehemiah
            Nehemiah  21 hours back

            Go Patriots! Go AB!!!

            • bbc
              bbc  21 hours back

              Who's here after AB was acused of rape

              • James Cobb
                James Cobb  23 hours back

                On topic: This video has gotten a lot more interesting since AB signed with the Patriots.

                Off topic: Good God! Those ugly-ass all-orange Bronco jerseys. WHY!? Stick with white or blue pants with the orange jerseys.

                • Uncle Elmer
                  Uncle Elmer  1 days back

                  Very well done history. But let's face it, Ben as well as the Steelers leadership allowed AB to do whatever he wanted including not running the correct routes which caused Ben to have to look for AB. Ben never got full credit for being flexible and instead got criticized by others connected to the team when all along Ben was overall being a good dude.

                  • Nuttinlikeit
                    Nuttinlikeit  1 days back

                    5:15 LMAO
                    Uh I think the player u should throw to is anyone that's not on the other team. Jackass.

                    • Nuttinlikeit
                      Nuttinlikeit  1 days back

                      Hes good, hes a scoring machine no doubt.
                      But, If u took his first 8 seasons and multiplied them x3, he would have played 4 more years than Jerry rice but still trail THE GOAT by 20 receiving TD.
                      4 more years on the field AND STILL 20 TD SHORT. And the last 2 years of his career, Rice only had 5 TD combined.
                      *His best 4 season TD total was 63. Actually it's 66 if u count his 3 rush tds.

                      • Elite223
                        Elite223  1 days back

                        Ab and mike mayock beef?

                        • Dr Ben mccullough
                          Dr Ben mccullough  2 days back

                          It's just a bunch of rich baby's

                          • Lyon Cor3
                            Lyon Cor3  2 days back

                            Now it’s Tom Brady turn

                            • algamboa1987
                              algamboa1987  2 days back

                              Can we get a Part 2 tho?

                              • Jaaadon
                                Jaaadon  2 days back

                                Maybe they raped the same girl.

                                • Dro Sims
                                  Dro Sims  2 days back

                                  The gem I got from this was Big Ben thinking he runs everything...that’s why the Steelers haven’t done anything even tho they always have the roster to be able to make significant noise. I’m starting to understand the toxic environment in Pittsburg. Once two or 3 ppl say the same thing about a person it’s has truth to it ...that goes for both AB and Big Ben

                                  • Ninjas Be Like
                                    Ninjas Be Like  2 days back

                                    And now AB is with the patriots and he will probably not finish the season bc he was just accused of raping his old trainer!!!!!! Why don’t you add that to the video SBnation

                                    • Mugzie The dude
                                      Mugzie The dude  2 days back

                                      Now AB is getting accused ah ha ha

                                      • mrbadguysan
                                        mrbadguysan  2 days back

                                        I'm from the future, and I'm surprised AB and Ben didn't have more camaraderie, given the whole sexual assault thing.

                                        • benjomein
                                          benjomein  2 days back

                                          Roethlesberger is a rapist.. Can't stand that creep

                                          • Atomik Punk
                                            Atomik Punk  2 days back

                                            AB criticizing Big Ben for paying off sexual assault accusers; what are you gonna do now AB? Pay her off? Take it to court? Either way it don't look good for AB. Of course it looks like she's after some money but that text message looks bad and from reports she is only sueing him for 85 thousand dollars. If that is true then it doesn't look that much like a money grab.
                                            And what about the crap AB pulled in Oakland? Sounds really familiar, missing practices, meetings, helmet BS, mysterious injury. The only difference is that Carr has been nothing but gracious when talking about AB. Hmmm.

                                            • STYNCLSY
                                              STYNCLSY  2 days back

                                              What does AB talk like a thug?

                                              • Matthew Smith
                                                Matthew Smith  2 days back

                                                You mean where everything is forever?

                                                • Anthony Harraden
                                                  Anthony Harraden  2 days back

                                                  Who’s here as a Pats fan going into week 2 AB signing lol

                                                  • David Marini
                                                    David Marini  3 days back

                                                    Well that didn’t age well for AB

                                                    • Don Mooney
                                                      Don Mooney  3 days back

                                                      Ben might be abrasive and smug.

                                                      But AB is a childlike, me first, clown.

                                                      Great on the field. Nearly the exact opposite off of it.

                                                      Its funny how ABs fake accent changes, completely based, on who hes talking to. Lol. So phony.

                                                      He AB. Lebron isnt your friend either. Im sure you havent even seen him again. Since he was using you on his show. To keep building his name, and keep things growing. Grow up.

                                                      • Don Mooney
                                                        Don Mooney  3 days back


                                                        "If Ben called me out in public on a radio show."

                                                        "I would literally walk up to him and say, dont do that."

                                                        Hahaha Well said. Started off so gangster. Ended up so sad. Lol

                                                        • Chris Hejduk
                                                          Chris Hejduk  3 days back

                                                          lol national media (like you and this video) was trying to blame the Steelers for the AB drama. Well he forced his way out of Oakland and will be soon be cut by the Patriots, as he was just accused for rape among so many other things the last 6 months. Nice try, but this video is now irreverent and not true.

                                                          • WHYWHYWHY
                                                            WHYWHYWHY  3 days back

                                                            Now he is being charged with RAPE

                                                            • UncopyrightTNT
                                                              UncopyrightTNT  3 days back

                                                              Captain Fatfuck, LEADER OF MEN

                                                              • j murph
                                                                j murph  3 days back

                                                                Who's here after AB won a super bowl with the Patriots

                                                                • Lancy10
                                                                  Lancy10  3 hours back

                                                                  j murph hahah stfu he’s getting booted after the rape stuff goes down

                                                              • eRa Gumo
                                                                eRa Gumo  3 days back

                                                                Part two??

                                                                • Taj Peterson
                                                                  Taj Peterson  3 days back

                                                                  This put things in perspective

                                                                  • Cianisboss
                                                                    Cianisboss  3 days back

                                                                    Tom Brady goes on the radio every Monday. There's no way he'd throw any teammate under the bus like Ben does

                                                                    • Dave Lo
                                                                      Dave Lo  3 days back

                                                                      Ben liking tweets about AB sexual allegations

                                                                      • Chris Hejduk
                                                                        Chris Hejduk  3 days back

                                                                        Ben doesn't have an official Twitter account. However, AB did like 2 tweets about someone who brought up Ben's allegations a few months ago. Oh Karma, AB

                                                                    • terry bazile
                                                                      terry bazile  3 days back

                                                                      Why cant this man just humble himself and play da game accordingly dis man needs to take a good look in the mirror n look at himself ruining his career hes worse den OBJ even tho now hes calmed dwn a bit

                                                                      • Kovačević Dobrina
                                                                        Kovačević Dobrina  3 days back

                                                                        Garbage stinks no matter how many times you move it around.

                                                                        • David Winston
                                                                          David Winston  4 days back

                                                                          SB Nation. You just had to add an unnecessary and obnoxious soundtrack. ARROGANT ARSE. WE CAN NOT MUTE
                                                                          NOT ONE SOUL THINKS ABOUT LISTENING TO A CRAP SOUNDTRACK ON A SPORTS SITE! POS!

                                                                          • maxbass
                                                                            maxbass  4 days back

                                                                            That's why you need Julio not AB or OBJ

                                                                            • Liv & Paige
                                                                              Liv & Paige  4 days back

                                                                              As someone who’s from Pittsburgh: lets just say that our team is screwed 🤡

                                                                              • john 'INRI'
                                                                                john 'INRI'  4 days back

                                                                                He's mad that the women that Ben raped are better looking.

                                                                                • XDget_rekt _fagg
                                                                                  XDget_rekt _fagg  4 days back

                                                                                  I love the Steelers

                                                                                  • s r
                                                                                    s r  4 days back

                                                                                    Whose here after the AB sex accusation?

                                                                                    • Bad Bad Kitty
                                                                                      Bad Bad Kitty  4 days back

                                                                                      Better than day time soap operas!!! Especially if A.B. is involved !!!😁

                                                                                      • Destroygary Funky
                                                                                        Destroygary Funky  4 days back

                                                                                        Like sand through the hourglass,....these are the days of our lives.

                                                                                        • Nature Boy
                                                                                          Nature Boy  4 days back

                                                                                          Whose watching this... because... ahh who cares.. damn he is good. Needs to start his own team I guess.. Play Qb and throw to himself.

                                                                                          • John Dalecki
                                                                                            John Dalecki  4 days back

                                                                                            Who's here 9-11-2019 after bilichick cut AB for being a rapist??? Ok just kidding that's tomorrow's AB news.

                                                                                            • Kim Mccabe
                                                                                              Kim Mccabe  4 days back

                                                                                              I hate th barber shop scene wth Antonio Brown. There are always these giggling black men, laughing at everything the one and only star in th room says. They don't even know what Brown said cos they giggled too quick. Pathetic lil men kissin butt-helping to berate someone by their laughing.