Antonio Brown: Roethlisberger has owner mentality and you can't call him out
Antonio Brown says Pittsburgh Steelers team-mate Ben Roethlisberger has an "owner mentality" and team-mates cannot call him out as they risk losing their "meal ticket", but insists there is no conflict between the two.
The wide receiver's future in Pittsburgh is shrouded in doubt after he reportedly requested a trade and posted on social media this week to say goodbye to fans and thank them for a "big nine years".
Question marks over his future arose when Brown sat out the final match of the regular season following a reported dispute with Roethlisberger.
During a question and answer session on Twitter, designed to give fans the "real truth and real facts now", Brown covered a variety of topics, including his relationship with the team's quarterback.
"No conflict just a matter of respect! Mutual respect! He has [an] owner mentality like he can call out anybody including coaches," he wrote.
"Players know but they can't say anything about it otherwise they meal ticket gone. It's a dirty game within a game."
#AskAB answering 10 questions real truth and real facts now— Antonio Brown (@AB84) February 16, 2019
When asked what he would say to those who believe he only wants a trade to make more money, he replied: "Not for the money its [sic] for the love of the sport! The commitment to win relentlessly consistently passionately! Plus I made 70 million it's public record not to be cocky just truth! Time to play for my own Team AB84 the family!"
He even addressed the controversy leading to him sitting out of the Steelers' last game and blamed coach Mike Tomlin.
"After the coach tell the team I quit while nursing some bumps then invite me to watch the show with same guys thinking I quit I cannot stand with that!," Brown wrote. "I’m the bad guy doe we miss post season think about it."
Not for the money its for the love of the sport ! The commitment to win relentlessly consistently passionately ! Plus I made 70 million it’s public record not to be cocky just truth! Time to play for my own Team AB84 the family ! https://t.co/v4vFO2QCSf— Antonio Brown (@AB84) February 16, 2019
Best interest this be my first meeting with Mr Rooney ever as Antonio Brown the man not AB84 the player in locker ! never been to my house ; there house ; like what AM I Really doing ! Less then what you bargain for more than real #Truthhttps://t.co/Xiitf0si2I— Antonio Brown (@AB84) February 16, 2019
Love Steelers Nation everything to my heart no more ! https://t.co/uWwi5mB3R3— Antonio Brown (@AB84) February 16, 2019
Trade rumours have linked Brown to several NFL teams, including the Arizona Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers, Miami Dolphins, Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots.
Brown finished the 2018 season with 104 catches for 1,297 yards and a career-high and team-leading 15 touchdowns.