Ben Roethlisberger Regrets Calling Out Antonio Brown: 'It Ruined a Friendship'

John Healy
August 26, 2019 - 2:21 pm

Antonio Brown’s tenure in Pittsburgh came to an unceremonious end last year, and while there were many factors for why, one of them was that his relationship with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger deteriorated.

Roethlisberger publicly called out Brown, and others, on 93.7 The Fan after a loss to Denver in November last season. On Sunday, the Steelers quarterback expressed regret over it.

“Yeah…I wish I wouldn’t have done it,” he told NBC’s Michelle Tafoya prior to Pittsburgh’s preseason game.

“Because obviously we saw what happened, and it ruined a friendship,” he added. “Just got caught up in the emotion, the heat of the battle.”

Roethlisberger essentially blamed Brown for a late interception, saying the wide receiver could have run a better route.

He also criticized rookie receiver James Washington, saying he “was not going to be out there” if he continued to drop passes and also ripped offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner’s play-calling.

Yet Roethlisberger was still quick to point out that Washington reacted to his public criticism differently than Brown.

“The other person I challenged that game was James Washington, and I know people made a big deal about that, but James Washington texted me, called me and talked to me in person, thanking me for that,” he said. “So the outside world was killing me for it, he thanked me and that’s all that really mattered.”

Brown, on the other hand, did not appreciate the criticism but Roethlisberger refused to dwell as to why that was the case.

“You’ll have to ask him,” he said. “I’m not sure.”

Brown addressed the situation back in March while on LeBron James’ HBO show “The Shop.”

“Bro, you threw this s—t to the D-line,” he said. “How the f—k am I going to run a better route? You need to give me a better ball.”

With Brown now on the Raider, Roethlisberger only had one thing to say about his former teammate.

“That he has a good, healthy season,” he said.