There’s certainly a lot of blame to go around when looking at the dysfunction currently taking hold with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock over the past couple weeks, you know said dysfunction surrounds future Hall of Famers Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown.
The two got into it late in the season — leading to Brown being benched for Week 17. Since then, the star receiver has made it clear he wants to be dealt. For the Steelers part, it seems they are going to trade him this offseason.
In talking about the drama, current Denver Broncos wide receiver and former Pittsburgh Steelers teammate Emmanuel Sanders seems to blame both guys for what we’re seeing.
Here, Sanders criticizes Brown for going AWOL ahead of an important Week 17 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals. It’s well worth watching from someone who starred for Pittsburgh from 2010-13.
See what he and the crew have to say about what’s going on in Pittsburgh ? pic.twitter.com/RbKSJbpTmQ
— NFL GameDay (@NFLGameDay) January 12, 2019
Not to be outdone, Sanders also put Big Ben on absolute blast — calling him a “bad leader” while saying the quarterback has been “disrespectful.”
Emmanuel Sanders calling out former teammate, Ben Roethlisberger on NFL Network this morning saying he's a "bad leader" & he's been "disrespectful" for calling out current teammates on his radio show. #Steelers
— Chase Williams (@chasepwilliams) January 12, 2019
As someone who was in the Steelers’ locker room with both men, Sanders is a voice of authority here.
At this point, it seems unrealistic to believe the two can coexist moving forward. And with Brown likely to garner a ton of interest on the trade block, look for him to be moved in short order. Sanders’ comments only play into this narrative.