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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Comments • 3 263

  • François Tarrida
    François Tarrida  8 hours back

    And where's the head coach in all that?

    • EdmacZ
      EdmacZ  8 hours back

      And now, both of them are pretty much out of the picture.

      Brown is in New England, and Ben is out for the year with an elbow injury.

      Everything corrects themselves eventually.

      • steeleru7 Burgh
        steeleru7 Burgh  16 hours back

        F*** that thug AB!

        • Night Cricket
          Night Cricket  17 hours back

          "Supposed to be reading that way" ...Sugar coating Bens mistake

          • Jugbuster
            Jugbuster  1 days back

            You go AB! You Still Da' MAN !!!!!

            • Rizky Rizky
              Rizky Rizky  1 days back

              Yeah ben need to keep his mouth shut

              • Rick Rigatoni
                Rick Rigatoni  1 days back

                isnt that funny AB the suspect rapist

                • Brandon Weese
                  Brandon Weese  1 days back

                  It’s funny that brown calls out Big Ben for supposed rape allegations then now he’s got allegations against him now. Can you say Karma

                • Cj
                  Cj  2 days back

                  We aren't equals and I'm not collemore that's all that matters

                  • Dylan Thomas
                    Dylan Thomas  2 days back

                    A.B is a piece of garbage. So is every player who gets paid millions of dollars to play a damn game while most men break their back for peanuts or just enough to get by on. Its bs and one of the biggest flaws in America. These athletes are paid far too much to not even be working. Its a GAME. They should shut tf up and just play it. Gettin paid MILLIONS. Grow up dbags.

                    • Kendo B
                      Kendo B  2 days back

                      AB is a lying, manipulative, racist, cancerous snake

                      • TTheSnirk
                        TTheSnirk  2 days back

                        Well well! As a a Pats fan I'm delighted to know that last season’s drama wasn't all on Antonio. A lot of wide outs are divas but you give a guy a couple of rings early and he thinks he God in an organization.
                        As for the stuff in Oakland, it's NOT the 70’s and 80's anymore, after playing for the Steelers would you want to play for the Raiders?

                        • George Kerr
                          George Kerr  2 days back

                          7:40 oh the irony

                          • Jazzu
                            Jazzu  2 days back

                            Antonio ain't wrong to feel like that because as pointed out, plenty do. Big Ben is petty, their best plays are gone, and now he's out for the year. Glad to see you're making sure your kingdom burns with you, Ben.

                            • Squilliam Tennisballs
                              Squilliam Tennisballs  2 days back

                              I think it’s safe to say you made this video WAAAAAAYYY too early but an eventual part 2 would be incredible

                              • Maria Martinez
                                Maria Martinez  3 days back

                                Dude a clown big Ben been to 3 superbowls without ab and leveon bell but they wanna act like they were something special gtfoh all these players nowadays are money hungry...why dont you worry about the team and winning championships and I'm pretty sure you'll be rewarded

                                • tuz2tuz 22
                                  tuz2tuz 22  3 days back

                                  Now that big ben is injured, I'm waiting for a collapse of the steelers

                                  • JR Keil
                                    JR Keil  3 days back

                                    3:33 "Sabbatical"? That's a funny way of saying "superfluous extended ego-trip/holdout".

                                    • Danny Murphy
                                      Danny Murphy  3 days back

                                      I’m here minutes after I heard Ben roethlisberger is out for the year

                                      • Coach B
                                        Coach B  3 days back

                                        Good video

                                        • magiesq
                                          magiesq  3 days back

                                          Its not all on AB, Ben has been given too much power. Can't play with grown men like that and play victim. Stop talking about your teammates to outside people. Its like family, you don't discuss family matters to the AB is considered this bad egg when really it COULD be other things.

                                          • T M
                                            T M  3 days back

                                            Who's here after the Steelers have started 0-2?

                                            • Fabian Kennedy
                                              Fabian Kennedy  3 days back


                                              • Dr Cyan
                                                Dr Cyan  4 days back

                                                Antonio Clown

                                                • MassacMongo99
                                                  MassacMongo99  4 days back

                                                  Ben doesn't need to air team problems BUT I was never in a huddle where a WR "wasn't open"

                                                  • Gandalf the gray
                                                    Gandalf the gray  4 days back

                                                    Crazy how ben pushed away alot of good receivers

                                                    • jjmah7
                                                      jjmah7  4 days back

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

                                                      • Makani
                                                        Makani  19 hours back

                                                        @Inbal Feuchtwanger Well now we're free of both of them, God willing.

                                                      • Inbal Feuchtwanger
                                                        Inbal Feuchtwanger  2 days back

                                                        YA in hindsight maybe keeping brown and cutting Ben might have been a tad smarter

                                                    • Emiliano Zapata
                                                      Emiliano Zapata  4 days back

                                                      7:34 well that did not age well😂

                                                      • ciales boy
                                                        ciales boy  5 days back

                                                        Now AB getting accused of sexual assault payback?

                                                        • Nehemiah
                                                          Nehemiah  5 days back

                                                          Go Patriots! Go AB!!!

                                                          • bbc
                                                            bbc  5 days back

                                                            Who's here after AB was acused of rape

                                                            • James Cobb
                                                              James Cobb  5 days 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  5 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  5 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  5 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  5 days back

                                                                      Ab and mike mayock beef?

                                                                      • Dr Ben mccullough
                                                                        Dr Ben mccullough  5 days back

                                                                        It's just a bunch of rich baby's

                                                                        • Lyon Cor3
                                                                          Lyon Cor3  6 days back

                                                                          Now it’s Tom Brady turn

                                                                          • algamboa1987
                                                                            algamboa1987  6 days back

                                                                            Can we get a Part 2 tho?

                                                                            • Jaaadon
                                                                              Jaaadon  6 days back

                                                                              Maybe they raped the same girl.

                                                                              • Dro Sims
                                                                                Dro Sims  6 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  6 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  6 days back

                                                                                    Now AB is getting accused ah ha ha

                                                                                    • mrbadguysan
                                                                                      mrbadguysan  6 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  6 days back

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

                                                                                        • Atomik Punk
                                                                                          Atomik Punk  6 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  6 days back

                                                                                            What does AB talk like a thug?

                                                                                            • Matthew Smith
                                                                                              Matthew Smith  6 days back

                                                                                              You mean where everything is forever?