Sometimes things are just funny. Maybe it is the way some people go about their business, or in this case it is how some people speak out of both sides of their mouth.
What I’m referring to would be the comments made by Antonio Brown, and Le’Veon Bell, while they both departed the 412 area code this offseason for new teams. Brown to the Oakland Raiders via trade, and Bell to the New York Jets via free agency.
Brown called Roethlisberger a horrible teammate and a bad leader. Said he never cared and wished he had the work ethic to match his own. While no one is questioning Brown’s work ethic, which is on clear display on a multitude of platforms, you do have to find it funny when the man who was calling Roethlisberger a poor leader/teammate is the one who is absent from Organized Team Activities (OTAs) on the west coast.
Antonio Brown not out here for first day of OTAs #Raiders— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) May 21, 2019
When it comes to former Steelers, and their whereabouts during OTAs, Le’Veon Bell also decided to not show up and spend time with his new team. You know, the teams they both were so excited to join.
Meanwhile, back with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Ben Roethlisberger declared he will be spending more time with the team during OTAs, mainly because of the amount of new faces on the team.
Ben added he plans to be around at OTAs more this year than last year in part because of new faces. Said it was tough to hear his character questioned by media, former players etc.— Will Graves (@WillGravesAP) May 21, 2019
So, for those who thought the criticism Brown, Bell and many others threw at Roethlisberger’s leadership and character would go out one ear and out the other — think again.
While this story is hardly breaking news, Roethlisberger is showing he is willing to change to help the team win — even at this stage of his career. It would be easy for him to sit back as a 15 year veteran and just say it is his way or the highway, but instead he heard the criticism, and is making changes.
Meanwhile, Bell and Brown have yet to be seen at the facilities of their new teams...