Martavis Bryant Wants To Have Talk With Ben Roethlisberger About His ‘Grow Up’ Comments Towards Him
After being suspended for the entire 2016 season for repeated violations of the NFL’s drug policy, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant is looking to resurrect his career and make a big impact this year. But before he gets to that, there’s an issue with a teammate he needs to deal with first.
After Bryant’s second suspension in two years was announced last summer, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger was openly critical of his teammate and it did not sit well with Bryant.
“I feel like we need to (talk),” Bryant told ESPN’s Dan Graziano on Thursday. “We should have a man-to-man. Because some of the things he put out there about me, I kind of didn’t agree with how he did it. So I want to sit down and hear his own opinion, man-to-man, about why he did that.”
Roethlisberger claimed Bryant lied to his face about drug use when he pressed him on the issue and also stated the receiver needed to “grow up” after Bryant supposedly ignored several of Roethlisberger’s attempts to get in touch. Just a few months ago, Roethlisberger said Bryant ‘has to win back everybody’s trust.’
“I mean, at that time, I was going through a lot of stuff. I wasn’t really even worried about his opinion at that time, because there was just a lot that was going on,” Bryant explained. “He’s my brother. I love him. But at the same time, I have my own family outside of football. I have my own problems. I’m not just going to come up to you and open up to you about what’s going on with my personal life. That’s not how I am. We just didn’t see eye-to-eye on that, but as far as right now, everything’s great.”
Bryant stated he and Roethlisber have yet to speak on the issue. He also said he would be fine if Ben chose not to speak on it, but he obviously has a lot to get off his chest.