You would think that based on the way Antonio Brown essentially forced his way out of Pittsburgh that Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger wouldn’t have one good thing to say about his former star wideout. But with the benefit of hindsight, Roethlisberger a very honest message for Brown.
In an interview with KDKA, Roethlisberger revealed that in hindsight he may have hurt his relationship with Brown by criticizing him on one particular play during the season. The play in question was an interception against the Denver Broncos, after which he admittedly lashed out at Brown.
Big Ben stated that he regrets what he said to Brown at the time and acknowledge that his outburst may have ruined his friendship with Brown.
“I took some heat and deservedly so for some of the comments on that show and especially towards him,” Roethlisberger said. “I genuinely feel bad about that and I’m sorry. Did I got to far after that Denver game? Probably. … That’s the thing about media and social media, As soon as you say ‘sorry’ it only goes so far. You can’t take it back. And I wish I could because if that’s what ruined our friendship and relationship, I’m truly, genuinely sorry about that.”
Ben Roethlisberger's first comments to @KDPomp and @KDKA on Antonio Brown: "I took some heat and deservedly so for some of the comments on that show and especially towards him. I genuinely feel bad about that and I'm sorry. Did I got to far after that Denver game? Probably…"
— Andrew Fillipponi (@ThePoniExpress) May 20, 2019
After the season, with the Steelers missing the playoffs, Brown publicly lashed out at the Steelers and demanded a trade.
Pittsburgh relented in March, sending him to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for a pair of mid-round draft picks.
Roethlisberger and Brown won countless regular season accolades together, with Brown hauling in over 100 passes in an NFL-record six straight seasons.
Brown finished his final year in Pittsburgh with 104 receptions for 1,297 yards and a league-leading 15 touchdowns.
UPDATE: It would appear that Antonio Brown is not particularly inclined to accept Roethlisberger’s “apology.” He took to Twitter on Monday afternoon and Tweeted “Two face” without context.
— Antonio Brown (@AB84) May 20, 2019