Ben Roethlisbeger and Antonio Brown had a much-publicized falling out last season, which ultimately led to Brown forcing his way out of Pittsburgh.
Now with Brown and Le'Veon Bell both on new teams, Roethlisberger has possibly realized that throwing star players under the bus isn't the most effective form of leadership.
Roethlisberger joined KDKA's Bob Pompeani for a pre-recorded interview that will air Monday evening, but one comment did make its way around social media on Monday.
According to 93.7 The Fan's Andrew Fillipponi, Roethlisberger acknowledged that he went "too far" in publicly criticizing Brown. He also apologized if his comments ruined their friendship.
He said via Fillipponi:
"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 too 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."
Roethlisberger's habit of calling Brown out dated back years. In October of 2017, the Steelers quarterback called Brown a "distraction" for being upset about Roethlisberger missing the open receiver.
"He got upset because he was open, which I can understand, sometimes that happens. I was disappointed because 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 … [Brown] is causing a distraction that none of us really need."
He went on to call Brown out again last season - specifically in that Denver game - with much of this criticism coming in Roethlisberger's weekly radio appearance. Roethlisberger said on his radio show that Brown ran the wrong route.
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- José Juan Vázquez (@josejuangel1) November 26, 2018
He is reportedly considering a stop to these appearances, which would be a good idea.
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