Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger Calls Out Antonio Brown For His Sideline Temper Tantrum

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With the Pittsburgh Steelers being 3-1 and in first place in the AFC North, you’d think everybody would be happy with the way the season is going so far.

Not quite.

Last Sunday, Steelers star wide receiver Antonio Brown found himself wide open down the field, but a scrambling Ben Roethlisberger didn’t see him. Brown lost his mind on the sideline following the play, tossing a Gatorade bucket and pushing away assistant coaches.


Big Ben wasn’t too happy with Brown’s temper tantrum. He clearly didn’t see Brown and wasn’t trying to purposely avoid him. A.B. simply created an unnecessary distraction that the team didn’t need, according to what Roethlisberger told 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh.

“He got upset because he was open, which I can understand, sometimes that happens,” Roethlisberger said. “It’s not like I intentionally missed him, it’s not like I intentionally didn’t throw it to him. I was doing what my reads tell me to do, I don’t even want to say I made a mistake, because I was reading the side I was supposed to read. It’s just unfortunate that it happened, and it’s unfortunate that he acted and reacted that way.”

“I told him on the sideline, ‘AB, just come talk to me, ask me what happened, tell me that you were open.’ You know, if that were Heath Miller, I’d probably ask Heath on the sideline, ‘Hey Heath, were you open?’ and he’d probably tell me ‘No,’ because he wouldn’t want you to feel bad, that’s just who he was … that goes a lot further than throwing a temper tantrum,” Roethlisberger said.

“We all try to talk to him and it didn’t help. I think it’s bad in the sense that we have a lot of young guys that see that too. JuJu sitting right next to him and looking at that, and what’s JuJu thinking? Is he thinking that it’s ok to act that way? I don’t know,” Roethlisberger said. “I don’t know that he needs to react that way. He’s super human on the football field and when that happens, it almost brings him back to being a mere mortal if you will, because it gets in his head and it just messes with all of us a little bit.”

(Pittsburgh CBS)

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