The Pittsburgh Steelers may have waved goodbye to two of the more dramatic players on their roster in the past few weeks, but that has not kept them out of the media after a tweet from a former player claiming Ben Roethlisberger once intentionally fumbled in a game in 2014.
Given the absurd nature of the accusation from Joshua Harris, one the former running back admits he is not even sure of himself, we have largely ignored the story at BTSC. Judging by the media storm that erupted on Monday, we were in the minority.
But despite the debates on the national sports talks shows and the continual condemnation of Roethlisberger in the press, no one was able to provide a single shred of evidence to support the claim, no matter how the video of the play is interpretation. For those with an axe to grind with the Steelers star quarterback, this latest tale only added fuel to their fire, and Big Ben is a punching bag once again for the hot take crowd.
However, there was one person with more intimate knowledge of what happened in that Week 17 matchup who was able to provide some insight, painting a rather different picture than the one Harris suggested. Presumably tired of the accusations surrounding his former teammate, Bruce Gradkowski shared a social media post of his own in an effort to end the conversation about the supposed fumble.
The purpose of writing this post is not to add more commentary to a topic that has already received far more attention than it ever deserved, but to provide balance by sharing a video that the national media will likely not mention at all in the coming days.
We will leave it up to the readers to decide if a future Hall of Fame quarterback intentionally fumbled in the dying moments of a critical game Pittsburgh needed to win to clinch the division title over their closest rival for that crown, or if a running back who spent five games on an NFL active roster has a flawed perspective of what happened on that play.