Quite a few Pittsburgh Steelers players have already made their thoughts known on how they feel about wide receiver Antonio Brown streaming live from the team’s locker room following the Sunday night playoff win over the Kansas City Chiefs and on Tuesday it was quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s turn to express his thoughts on the matter during his weekly interview on 93.7 The Fan.
“Yeah, I didn’t even know what Facebook Live was,” Roethlisberger started. “It’s an unfortunate situation that we’ve got to deal with right now because that locker room is a sacred place after the game especially. That’s why we don’t let media people in, that’s why fans and family aren’t in there. That’s a sacred place where things are said and hugs and tears and it’s kind of a special place.
“So, a little disappointed with A.B. for that. I know he’s excited, everyone’s excited, they want to share it with the world and the fans and all that stuff and it’s hard because you are excited and you’re happy and you won a big game and you made a big play to win the game. But I am a little disappointed that he did that, because that is a sacred thing. Coaches talk and then I talk and you just don’t want everyone to know what’s going on in there in the family.
“And then also, I wish A.B. would have been listening to Coach [Tomlin] and myself instead of being on the opposite side of the locker room family. But, it is what it is and I think it will get addressed tomorrow by Coach and we move on and that’s the way it has to be. It’s not like it’s a make or break thing for us, it’s just kind of something that’s disappointing and we move on from it.”
Roethlisberger went on to say that while he’s yet to talk to Brown about the incident, he might at some point but not in front of the rest of the team if he does.
“I know A.B. is excited, he’s an exciting player, he’s a big social media guy and that’s the era that we live in now in social media,” Roethlisberger said. “Some of us old guys like myself, we don’t really do the social media stuff, it’s just the way people communicate nowadays. But I’ll talk to A.B., but it’s not like it needs to be addressed in front of the team by me, that’s coaches’ job, he’s the boss and he’ll address it however he feels is appropriate.
“Like I said, it’s just more disappointing than anger. I’m not angry at A.B., it’s just disappointing that that sacred time was kind of violated a little bit and that he wasn’t paying attention to Coach and myself talking after the game. That’s all, it will be water under the bridge for me right now when we’re done talking about.”
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin will likely say all he’s going to say about Brown live streaming after Sunday’s game when he meets the media on Tuesday.