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 • 3 640

  • Russian Bot
    Russian Bot  15 hours back

    thank you Vontaze Burfict for knocking out AB.

    • King David
      King David  2 days back

      Imagine how different history would have been if he hit Ab on that 3rd down🤦🏿‍♂️Ab would still be on the Steelers and Mason Rudolph woulda never got hit over the head. Darn u Ben‼️

      • Land Creature
        Land Creature  2 days back

        How about Brown's beef with himself.

        • DCJunior3
          DCJunior3  2 days back

          "Trade me let's find out"...Ends Career

          • Robert Linares
            Robert Linares  4 days back

            When are you uploading a video of beef history with AB and the NFL?

            • Lukas Noecker
              Lukas Noecker  4 days back

              AB’s fall from being a Madden cover athlete to leaving the league was also completely avoidable: don’t be a rapist.

              • TheBlazikenBro BOI
                TheBlazikenBro BOI  3 days back

                Or just stay in Pittsburgh and just play football, i dont think the women wouldve come forward if he wasnt already at a low point

            • Ajax
              Ajax  4 days back

              I hate 2 say this, but tbh, AB didn’t deserve to play wth Ben. Steeler for life is a joke.

              • Nathan Hill
                Nathan Hill  4 days back

                He won Super Bowl extra large 😭😂😭😂😭😂

                • Sushi
                  Sushi  6 days back

                  Hold up, did you just say “this is the internet, where nothing is forever”? I think you got that one backwards buddy. Lol

                  • Dale Press
                    Dale Press  7 days back

                    Considering what happened to AB after he left Steelers, I figure we know who the real problem was. AB is a selfish fool. CYA clown!

                    • K Mac
                      K Mac  1 weeks back

                      I blame Burfict.

                      • Nunya Biznes
                        Nunya Biznes  1 weeks back

                        Who's here for the comments?

                        • Spencer Chartier
                          Spencer Chartier  1 weeks back

                          Who is here when AB’s career is basically over

                          • algini12
                            algini12  1 weeks back

                            Interesting video. We fans in Pittsburgh, didnt know of any of this till the last game of last season. My query here is, if things were really this bad, then how did AB post the 6 greatest seasons for a wide out in NFL history?? To us, there wasn't a problem till that last game. We in the Burgh are about winning. Locker room BS and the media take second place to that. He had over 1,200 yard and over a hundred catches last year till that last game. All those nasty comments about AB in the burgh media as well as other media like this after that last game, don't mean jack. What DOES mean jack, is that we lost the best wide out in the NFL and now we're suffering.

                            • Brady McCullough Vlogs
                              Brady McCullough Vlogs  1 weeks back

                              Who’s here after Antonio brown got cut from the Area 51 raid?

                              • Pierce Pluenneke
                                Pierce Pluenneke  2 weeks back

                                Doesnt it seem like ben is the biggest one to blame here?

                              • Michael Helm
                                Michael Helm  2 weeks back

                                Who's here after every team on my 30 to 45 year olds Sussex County 6 Man Flag Football League agreed to pre-emptively put a 15 year ban on putting him on any roster? You know... Just in case.

                                • Joe Stubblefield
                                  Joe Stubblefield  2 weeks back

                                  Ben needs to pay ATTENTION to the whole WR' s!!!! HE BE JUST LIKE Tom Brady!!! Smh Ben should be shattering NFL RECORDS!!!

                                  • Salamanderfs
                                    Salamanderfs  2 weeks back

                                    Should've had UrinatingTree as a guest commentator

                                    • HeirXen 47
                                      HeirXen 47  2 weeks back

                                      Steelers have a toxic QB I love to see it.😂😂😂😂 you’ll never be as good as Tom

                                      • Yougothadson
                                        Yougothadson  2 weeks back

                                        whos here before brown joins the xfl

                                        • BEAST MODE06
                                          BEAST MODE06  2 weeks back

                                          Best Beef episode ever

                                          • Alma S
                                            Alma S  2 weeks back

                                            Looking at the personalities on that Steeler's team, it's amazing they even lasted that long.

                                          • ADAM WAITE
                                            ADAM WAITE  2 weeks back

                                            :09 Antonio Brown will never be in the hall of fame.

                                            • Jimmy  Durham
                                              Jimmy Durham  2 weeks back


                                              • MoreBroke ThanEven
                                                MoreBroke ThanEven  2 weeks back

                                                Antonio Brown 30 years old that act and speaks like a high school kid

                                                • XD TURTLE 69968
                                                  XD TURTLE 69968  3 weeks back

                                                  Hines ward shouldn’t rip Ben for his leadership. Ward was a leader in his own right

                                                  • ZZBUDZZ
                                                    ZZBUDZZ  3 weeks back

                                                    Brown leaves the Steelers and he turns into the biggest self important clown show in recent history. I think he has taken too many hits to the head....

                                                    • Chase Pollet
                                                      Chase Pollet  3 weeks back

                                                      AB talks like he is ignorant

                                                      • rob nielsen
                                                        rob nielsen  3 weeks back


                                                        • Christopher Elliott
                                                          Christopher Elliott  3 weeks back

                                                          This was AB vs the steelers not big

                                                          • FCN Videos Pt2
                                                            FCN Videos Pt2  3 weeks back

                                                            Ben is a rapist

                                                            • MoMo_ Playz
                                                              MoMo_ Playz  3 weeks back

                                                              Steelers for life

                                                              • Zach Wachs
                                                                Zach Wachs  4 weeks back

                                                                Ben Rothlisburger is a pro and Antonio brown isn't even in the league anymore.

                                                                • Marla Parks
                                                                  Marla Parks  4 weeks back

                                                                  Ben is FAKE AB figured he were. It took to long for apologize for running him away

                                                                  • Cflow26
                                                                    Cflow26  4 weeks back

                                                                    Cordarelle Patterson dropped a HUGE ball in the AFCCG that could’ve cost the pats the game against KC. Tom after the game immediately went to his locker and asked if he was okay, and said he needed and believed in him. Ben had the best receiver in the league and couldn’t go out of his way anymore to blame the world on him.

                                                                    Different strokes for different blokes. PTI also said in 2012 that Ben would have more chips than Tom 🤷🏻‍♂️

                                                                    • David Vides
                                                                      David Vides  4 weeks back

                                                                      Who’s here after it is released that AB had CTE

                                                                      • TheBlazikenBro BOI
                                                                        TheBlazikenBro BOI  3 days back

                                                                        You do realize CTE cant be diagnosed until after death smh

                                                                    • TedJustTed47
                                                                      TedJustTed47  1 months back

                                                                      AB might be crazy but Ben DID RAPE women. Just do the research.

                                                                      • Seth Cunningham
                                                                        Seth Cunningham  1 months back

                                                                        Canton-bound, huh? I’ll take that bet on AB lol

                                                                        • Min Pin
                                                                          Min Pin  1 months back

                                                                          I think his career is over anyways. I never did like the guy.

                                                                          • Min Pin
                                                                            Min Pin  1 months back

                                                                            Great video! Not sure why the white supremacy made it into the video. Is that because he is white and not being held accountable?

                                                                            • Leafs Fan
                                                                              Leafs Fan  1 months back

                                                                              One thing I do know is I wouldn’t want to be on the cover of madden

                                                                              • Steve Miller
                                                                                Steve Miller  1 months back

                                                                                Who’s here after he just got thrown out of college ?

                                                                                • Lucky Lefty
                                                                                  Lucky Lefty  1 months back

                                                                                  He's not coming back .. he's gone

                                                                                  • Mark Halvorsen
                                                                                    Mark Halvorsen  1 months back

                                                                                    Big Ben is a TERRIBLE teammate!!! I don’t blame AB at all. Steelers made a mistake by sticking w Ben instead of Bell and Brown. Ben is washed up.

                                                                                    • TheBlazikenBro BOI
                                                                                      TheBlazikenBro BOI  3 days back

                                                                                      After everything thats come out about brown and you dont blame him?????

                                                                                  • Cjkavy
                                                                                    Cjkavy  1 months back

                                                                                    God I never thought I’d sympathize with AB in my life ever.

                                                                                    • Adrian lewis
                                                                                      Adrian lewis  1 months back

                                                                                      I get brown but stfu and play... 🤦🏽‍♂️ u know how many men called me out my name while I was in the army?? I did that for crumbs..

                                                                                      • DeAndre Beck
                                                                                        DeAndre Beck  1 months back

                                                                                        Antonioni Brown is a diva. But Roethlisberger is also a giant douchebag!