Antonio Brown has been the villain in this story, but he is no longer alone.
Brown has been mocked for the way he handled his exit from the team, abandoning the Steelers in Week 17 and then attacking them on social media throughout a contentious offseason until he was mercifully traded to the Raiders last week. But the practice dispute with Ben Roethlisberger that Brown has detailed as his breaking point has not left the quarterback unscathed.
Former teammates have begun speaking out against Roethlisberger, with the volume getting louder and louder as time goes on. The most severe accusation came from running back Josh Harris, who accused Roethlisberger of intentionally fumbling in a 2014 game as a form of protest against a call.
Former Steelers safety Ryan Clark seemed conflicted when the topic came up Monday on “Get Up!”
“Uhhhhhhhhhhh, I think the problem is you don’t really know,” the now ESPN analyst said, via Steelers Depot. “The Ben I know, the competitor I think he is, I wouldn’t think he’d do something like that intentionally. He hasn’t done anything for me to think that he couldn’t be that petty, though, and so I honestly, what Josh is saying is not far off from who Ben is.
“He was extremely close with Brett Kiesel during my time there. And I’ll be honest, I have an affection for Ben that’s different, an admiration for him that’s different, because while he was suspended, he went to watch my son Jordan play like a little league football game. So, I feel differently about Ben and the type of person he is than I think other people do.”
Clark became a part of the Brown-Roethlisberger feud not long after the season ended, when he called on the Steelers to “shop” Brown, leading the receiver to call him an “Uncle Tom.” Clark appears to have more respect for Roethlisberger, but agreed with Harris on how divisive the veteran QB could be.