The summer of discontent for Antonio Brown continued this week when the now Oakland Raiders wide receiver told his former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to “shut up already” and that the two were “never friends” when they were teammates. Brown’s comments were in response to Roethlisberger showing remorse for what he did to disrespect his former wide receiver last year; with Brown taking the low road and acting as immature as he has been doing all summer long.
Antonio Brown tells Ben Roethlisberger to “shut up already” in latest tweet aimed at the Steelers QB pic.twitter.com/JqzqKV64Mf
— Chase Williams WPXI (@chasepwilliams) August 27, 2019
Ben Roethlisberger offered an apology during an interview that aired this past Sunday night when his Steelers played the Tennessee Titans in a preseason game. “Big Ben” was trying to say sorry for calling out Antonio Brown after the quarterback tossed an interception in a game against the Denver Broncos, it was an interception that, at first, the quarterback blamed the wide receiver for. “I wish I wouldn’t have done it,” Roethlisberger told Michelle Tafoya of NBC Sports, “because we saw what happened. Obviously it ruined a friendship. I just got caught up in the emotion and heat of the battle.”
#Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger said during an interview with @Michele_Tafoya that he wish he wouldn’t have called out Antonio Brown @AB84 after he threw an INT at the end of the #Broncos game last season.
"It ruined a friendship." pic.twitter.com/F8mboCg4Si
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) August 26, 2019
On Tuesday, Antonio Brown tweeted out a reply to Big Ben’s comments, since deleted, the wide receiver simply said, “Never friends just had to get my ends…….shut up already.”
An attempt to apologize in the spring also fell on deaf ears with Antonio Brown not allowing his former quarterback to say sorry then as well. Brown’s issues with Roethlisberger date back at least two years ago when the quarterback called out his wide receiver for pouting on the sidelines; and the two had an altercation at the end of last season. The pass thrower also was at odds with his pass catcher over how the team handled the issue surrounding the National Anthem, with Brown wishing to kneel and Roethlisberger voting to keep the team off the field, which created a rift between the two players.
Antonio Brown has thrown himself back into the news this summer over his helmet issues with the Oakland Raiders, and has proven over his short time with his new team and is longer Pittsburgh tenure that he is thin-skinned and overly sensitive. Clearly now as well, the fact that he never lets anything go nor does he give people a change to say sorry for their own mistakes is bringing to light how immature Brown is when it comes to his people skills.
It is very likely that most people in the Pittsburgh Steelers front office and locker room are happy that Antonio Brown is now a member of the Oakland Raiders. Unlike a real estate deal which full disclosure is expected, the deal between these two teams did not require anyone to explain anything; and unlike buying a used car, there is no “lemon law” when trading a player who is clearly sour about everything that doesn’t go his way. Brown could have taking the high road and continued to say nothing or accepted Roethlisberger’s apology; instead he choose to act the way he always does, like a spoil child who cannot be criticized for anything, with those who do facing his wrath.