Ben Roethlisberger admits he went 'too far' with Antonio Brown criticism

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown #84 breaks a tackle attempt by Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Steven Nelson #20 at Heinz Field on Sunday Sept. 16 2018 in Pittsburgh. Barry Reeger | Special to PennLive

Ben Roethlisberger caves with too-late Antonio Brown apology

Brown's not-so-cryptic tweet came immediately after Roethlisberger issued an apology for the way he criticized the star wide receiver last November. Roethlisberger discussed his comments about Brown - who was traded to the Raiders this offseason - during an interview Monday with Pittsburgh station KDKA.

"I took some heat and deservedly so for some of the comments on that show and especially towards him".

Days after Roethlisberger told his weekly radio show that he wished he could've thrown to JuJu Smith-Schuster four times in a row on Pittsburgh's unsuccessful goal-line sequence against the Denver Broncos in Week 12, the quarterback, then Brown said they laughed about the idea of there being bad blood between them. And I genuinely feel bad about that and I'm sorry.

"I lacked in leadership", Roethlisberger said, "because that's my job as the leader of this team, to get us to the playoffs".

"That's the one thing about media and social media, as soon as you say "sorry" it only goes so far", Roethlisberger continued.

Roethlisberger and Brown won countless regular season accolades together, with Brown hauling in over 100 passes in an NFL-record six straight seasons. You can't take it back.

On public criticism of Brown: "It's a fine line to walk sometimes of giving information out, giving kind of some cool things for the fans to be a part of and maybe saying too much".

Last season, the fallout between the two players eventually contributed to Brown skipping team meetings before Pittsburgh's Week 17 finale, which he didn't play in. "I bring actions. Not what I say, what I do".

"I'm going to need to focus and refocus my energy and time on how can I be a better leader to get us back to the playoffs". You just have to really focus on the guys that are here and make sure the guys are good.

Roethlisberger said there is room for improvement in his leadership as he enters his 16 National Football League season with a two-year contract, $68-million extension through the 2021 season.

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