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 • 3 652

  • M
    M  3 days back

    I think Brown has CTE and mental illness.

    • Brian Hiedeman
      Brian Hiedeman  4 days back

      I hope AB does come back to play. His talents are to good to just waste away sitting at home and watch grass grow in his back yard.

      • Brian Hiedeman
        Brian Hiedeman  4 days back

        AB wasn't even open when "Big Ben" ran in the end zone. Nor was he open against the Broncos, but his ex teammates are correct by him saying things on the radio that he should be saying behind closed doors.

        • Todd Bridges
          Todd Bridges  5 days back

          This is what you get when you inflate a black man's head. I cant wait till he's broke in a few years

          • Potato Tomato
            Potato Tomato  1 weeks back

            He did get traded and he wasn’t good

            • Caleb Smith
              Caleb Smith  1 weeks back

              Who's here after my buttcrack cut him??

              • Caleb Smith
                Caleb Smith  1 weeks back

                0:40 Super Bowl Extra Large. LOL!

                • JaiczZ
                  JaiczZ  1 weeks back

                  SBNation: Rothlesburger is the only an to hold a Lombardi before blowing 24 candles.
                  Tom Brady’s first season to start: Am I a joke to you?

                  • Kyle W.
                    Kyle W.  1 weeks back

                    Nice use of deference. My colonial American history prof would be proud

                    • GriefsChicken
                      GriefsChicken  1 weeks back

                      and then AB stolen this video put a watermark on it and post it his channel but you guys didn't even mentioned.. damn! AB got a lot of drama on him..

                      • Jason Moy
                        Jason Moy  2 weeks back

                        9:33 AB the Diva signed with the raiders? Gee I wonder how that turned out...

                        -released to sign with the Patriots and then cut him-

                        • Justin Mix
                          Justin Mix  2 weeks back

                          AB may have totally self-destructed and all, but as far as his problems in Pittsburg:
                          Big Ben was a Big Douche

                          • JacobRants
                            JacobRants  2 weeks back

                            Who's here after AB started cutting his wrists?

                            • empire
                              empire  2 weeks back

                              Steeler for life! No, Bill for life! No, Raider for life! No, Patriot for life! No.....

                              • OGooN Legba
                                OGooN Legba  3 weeks back

                                Don't Let This Distract You From The Fact That Ben Roethlisberger Is a Rapist 🤷‍♂️

                                • William W. Zibell
                                  William W. Zibell  3 weeks back

                                  To think they just could've of bonded over forcing themselves on helpless women....

                                  • MARCVS LICINIVS CRASSVS

                                    Big Ben be like "Who he laughs last..."

                                    • Musicrecords10
                                      Musicrecords10  3 weeks back

                                      AB and Bell are both idiots, Steelers could've been something special but now no one is winning anything

                                      • Russian Bot
                                        Russian Bot  3 weeks back

                                        thank you Vontaze Burfict for knocking out AB.

                                        • David Ford
                                          David Ford  4 weeks 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  4 weeks back

                                            How about Brown's beef with himself.

                                            • DCJunior3
                                              DCJunior3  4 weeks back

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

                                              • Linares J Robert
                                                Linares J Robert  4 weeks back

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

                                                • Lukas Noecker
                                                  Lukas Noecker  4 weeks 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  4 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks back

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

                                                    • Sushi
                                                      Sushi  4 weeks 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  4 weeks 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 months back

                                                          I blame Burfict.

                                                          • Nunya Biznes
                                                            Nunya Biznes  1 months back

                                                            Who's here for the comments?

                                                            • Spencer Chartier
                                                              Spencer Chartier  1 months back

                                                              Who is here when AB’s career is basically over

                                                              • algini12
                                                                algini12  1 months 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.

                                                                • Zen Clutch
                                                                  Zen Clutch  1 months back

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

                                                                  • Pierce Pluenneke
                                                                    Pierce Pluenneke  1 months back

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

                                                                  • Michael Helm
                                                                    Michael Helm  1 months 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  1 months 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  1 months back

                                                                        Should've had UrinatingTree as a guest commentator

                                                                        • HeirXen 47
                                                                          HeirXen 47  1 months back

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

                                                                          • Yougothadson
                                                                            Yougothadson  1 months back

                                                                            whos here before brown joins the xfl

                                                                            • BEAST MODE06
                                                                              BEAST MODE06  1 months back

                                                                              Best Beef episode ever

                                                                              • Alma S
                                                                                Alma S  1 months back

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

                                                                              • ADAM WAITE
                                                                                ADAM WAITE  1 months back

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

                                                                                • Jimmy  Durham
                                                                                  Jimmy Durham  1 months back


                                                                                  • MoreBroke ThanEven
                                                                                    MoreBroke ThanEven  1 months back

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

                                                                                    • XD TURTLE 69968
                                                                                      XD TURTLE 69968  1 months back

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

                                                                                      • ZZBUDZZ
                                                                                        ZZBUDZZ  1 months 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  1 months back

                                                                                          AB talks like he is ignorant

                                                                                          • rob nielsen
                                                                                            rob nielsen  1 months back