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 • 1 945

  • Ben Beck-McKenzie
    Ben Beck-McKenzie  13 hours back

    They're both in the wrong in my opinion... neither should have done what they did, if you reply I'll explain more.

    • Phil A
      Phil A  13 hours back

      It’s just so sad..

      • MrGreenCannon
        MrGreenCannon  22 hours back

        kobe beef with shaq

        • Jay Vasquez
          Jay Vasquez  2 days back

          1:51 AB and Martavis Bryant are open

          • ByloBand
            ByloBand  2 days back

            4:27 "This is the internet where NOTHING is forever...." umm, I think you got that wrong good sir.

            • tha gamer
              tha gamer  3 days back

              Here is a verse if anyone wants it: Ephesians 4:29

              Jesus loves you all!

              • Woozy Swoozy
                Woozy Swoozy  4 days back

                *Super Bowl Extra Large*

                • christian vargas
                  christian vargas  4 days back

                  Can you call the rift between Aaron Rodgers and Mike McCarthy beef? If so, that should be a episode !

                  • Mike Smithmyer
                    Mike Smithmyer  3 days back

                    Problem with that is there really isn't that much there. Other than the "Gameplay needs to be better" comments from Rodgers after the Bills game, neither of them have really ever done anything to show some big beef. If you believe anonymous sources and Greg Jennings they have, but I don't those are necessarily trustworthy.

                • Sean OConnor
                  Sean OConnor  4 days back

                  I’m not a sports fan at all haha, but I adore your beef videos- I totally remember some of them as like “passing fads” or suntin; but most of them are just a really interesting glimpse into a very specific aspect of American pop culture

                  • Bryan Green
                    Bryan Green  6 days back

                    I like how you didnt include AB's live stream in the locker room.

                    • Marty Wormuth
                      Marty Wormuth  6 days back

                      What was that SB XL stat line again?

                      • LpxMusic
                        LpxMusic  6 days back

                        two retards in a pod

                        • B. Weatherspoon
                          B. Weatherspoon  6 days back

                          If every wideout that leaves keep saying the same thing, and some of them don't get along, you gotta stop looking at them and look at Ben as the problem. AB isn't an angel, neither it LB, but when they leave and they can all tell the same story, you wait to hear how the next wideout will be described...

                          • Ted Johnson
                            Ted Johnson  7 days back

                            Man we'll be alright, juju and James fit in very nice with us

                            • Jeff Reed
                              Jeff Reed  7 days back

                              Well Big Ben has been known to put his teammates on blast and umm Sanders was right P. Manning was a better leader on the football field then Ben i see it as in my opinion if u have a problem with a teammate then talk to them one on one

                              • Rohith Nibhanupudi
                                Rohith Nibhanupudi  1 weeks back

                                That 2018 season was insanely painful past week 10.

                                • Dan N
                                  Dan N  1 weeks back

                                  ?? “it’s on the internet.... where nothing lasts forever” there’s no putting that toothpaste back in the tube. ?? Edit room fail?? Or did he mean that in some that in some that went right over my head but still does not make any sense either way

                                  • warren ward
                                    warren ward  1 weeks back

                                    As a ravens fan, I can easily say that days of our Steelers has been my favorite day time soap opera over the last few years

                                    • Never Sober
                                      Never Sober  1 weeks back

                                      Do Floyd Mayweather and Larry Merchant

                                      • Rowdy Rob Gaming
                                        Rowdy Rob Gaming  1 weeks back

                                        AB is gonna go off for 400 yards and 5 TDs against Pitt and it will be glorious.

                                        • blacktallsmart19
                                          blacktallsmart19  1 weeks back

                                          Rowdy Rob Gaming we don’t play the raiders this season unless they make the playoffs which is unlikely tbh

                                      • Random Person
                                        Random Person  1 weeks back

                                        Madden curse?

                                        • EdmacZ
                                          EdmacZ  2 weeks back

                                          This article makes Brown out to be a victim, until you learn that he started beefing with Juju Smith-Schuster, who has been nothing but respectful to him.

                                          Antonio Brown is just a toxic person, beefing with another toxic person in Captain Fatfuck.

                                          • Sehraad Ahmed
                                            Sehraad Ahmed  2 weeks back

                                            These vids are so well produced. Shout out sb nation they make some of the best sports vids.

                                            • MoLiEG89
                                              MoLiEG89  2 weeks back

                                              Captain FatFuck, the Glorious leader of men :v

                                              • JCZ7
                                                JCZ7  1 weeks back

                                                MoLiEG89 urinatingtree reference I see😂

                                            • Anthony Warren
                                              Anthony Warren  2 weeks back

                                              The consistency of Ben throwing his teammates under the bus is astonishing. Juju, dont be surprised when your name comes up in a negative manner.

                                              • hyuggie
                                                hyuggie  2 weeks back

                                                This video is pretty unfairly one sided, although criticism of Ben is certainly valid. It doesn't mention that AB was also catered to by the Steelers organization not as much as Ben, that's his biggest issue. Also left out the numerous tantrums Brown threw in front of the cameras and behind the scenes as the proverbial diva receiver crying about getting the ball. Also mistates Emmanuel Sanders and Leveon Bell's overall assessments, they criticized AB's behavior more than Ben's. Also left out former Steelers who had real issues with AB

                                              • dustin flowers
                                                dustin flowers  2 weeks back

                                                Deuces AB...carr throwing to you!? Your legacy over! JuJu time!!!

                                                • Osiris 64
                                                  Osiris 64  2 weeks back

                                                  Kevin Colbert sucks. Need a better GM

                                                  • Phil Swift
                                                    Phil Swift  2 weeks back

                                                    Welcome to Days Of Our Steelers

                                                    • Rachel Broadwater
                                                      Rachel Broadwater  2 weeks back

                                                      Ab you and Ben are friends☹️ you and your friendship 💔💔💔💔💔 plz come back we need you

                                                      • Kenny Barnett
                                                        Kenny Barnett  3 weeks back

                                                        Big Ben has an excellent track record with receivers.Which one didn't get big money contracts on the first string and back ups?

                                                        • Carver Bradley
                                                          Carver Bradley  3 weeks back


                                                          • Ivan
                                                            Ivan  3 weeks back

                                                            yo these videos are really good, keep them coming

                                                            • ChannelyChannel
                                                              ChannelyChannel  3 weeks back

                                                              So basically both these guys suck

                                                              • Julius Morgan
                                                                Julius Morgan  3 weeks back

                                                                win a superbowl or be selfish?

                                                                • 18ac81
                                                                  18ac81  3 weeks back

                                                                  Big Ben is such a massive POS

                                                                  • Jay Lew
                                                                    Jay Lew  3 weeks back

                                                                    Man I hope they both suck huuuge ass this upcoming year. The only thing that would be disappointing about it is that poor JuJu would get blamed for Capt McFatFucks errors. They both are children

                                                                    • Sean Blaze
                                                                      Sean Blaze  3 weeks back

                                                                      Reggie Miller vs New York Knicks/Spike Lee
                                                                      Rajon Rondo vs Ray Allen
                                                                      Kobe vs Shaq
                                                                      Tbh I can’t believe you went 3 seasons of this and not mentioned any of these💯

                                                                      • Hobo
                                                                        Hobo  3 weeks back

                                                                        Big Ben seems like a big douche to me

                                                                        • Quentin Minor
                                                                          Quentin Minor  3 weeks back

                                                                          What has Ben lately since the superbowl since Green Bay? Even tebow outperformed his ass

                                                                          • Quentin Minor
                                                                            Quentin Minor  3 weeks back

                                                                            Big Ben is trash

                                                                            • Michael Bodam
                                                                              Michael Bodam  3 weeks back

                                                                              3:51 It's crazy that Antonio Brown thought he had any business getting thrown to there. That safety was sitting right in the middle of his route and would've picked that off 9 out of 10 times.

                                                                              • Philip Miles
                                                                                Philip Miles  3 weeks back

                                                                                He really did all that just bc Ben didn’t throw him he ball. Wow

                                                                                • Tyler Hallblade
                                                                                  Tyler Hallblade  3 weeks back

                                                                                  AB is a beast and hope he shows Old Ben what he has lost.

                                                                                  • danstarr9895
                                                                                    danstarr9895  3 weeks back

                                                                                    Ben tries force himself on everyone.

                                                                                    • austin runge
                                                                                      austin runge  4 weeks back

                                                                                      Hopefully Ben doesn't meet AB at a nightclub or Ben is gonna get his rape on.

                                                                                      • Linkonpark100
                                                                                        Linkonpark100  4 weeks back

                                                                                        This is practically Days of Our Steelers lore.

                                                                                        • Andrew Fung
                                                                                          Andrew Fung  4 weeks back

                                                                                          TBH it takes two too argue and well in my opinion it’s both of their faults