On Monday, New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman was asked about the controversial video that Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown streamed live on Facebook following the teams’ Sunday win over the Kansas City Chiefs that included head coach Mike Tomlin using some colorful language during his post-game address to his team. Edelman’s response included a jab at the Steelers organization.
“That’s how that team is run,” Edelman told WEEI Radio on Monday. “I personally don’t think that would be something that would happen in our locker room, but hey, whatever. Some people like red and some people like blue. Some people like tulips and some people like roses. Whatever.”
On Wednesday, Steelers Ben Roethlisberger met the media and was asked to comment on Edelman’s remarks.
“I don’t think I need to speak much [about the Steelers],” Roethlisberger started. “We’ve got the trophies out there. I’ve got owners that I think are the best in the business. They’re family to us and I am sure if he talked to his owner, he would say the same thing about the Rooneys. Anybody in here, or in the football world, or regular world, that know the Rooneys, know who they are and what they stand for. It’s a blessing to call them family.
“I have played with guys that have come from other teams and they look shocked when they see our owners, whether it’s Dan or Art walking around the locker room and walking around practice. They don’t ever see their owners. We see our owners every single day and I think it’s just a blessing to know that they care about us, and that’s one of the reasons we want to go win. I am going to go meet with Dan Rooney here in a little bit, because I do a weekly meeting with him. We just go down and sit and ask how the week was, just because I want to talk to him. Because It’s a joy to play for him and win for them.”
That’s a great response from Roethlisberger and while Brown certainly was in the wrong to stream live from the locker room, his actions certainly shouldn’t be viewed as a reflection on how the Rooneys or head coach Mike Tomlin run the team.