The hate has been real… way too real for Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Over the pat few months, former teammates from the far past and the recent past has criticized Roethlisberger as a teammate and as a leader. Former teammates Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown both moved on last week and they both didn’t have positive words to say.
While the hate has been in the forefront of the news after the two-time Super Bowl winning QB missed the playoffs this year, finally one of his teammates has stood up for him during the time of madness.
JuJu-Smith Schuster led the Steelers in both receiving yards and receptions in 2018, and even earned the team MVP award that reportedly started the rift between Brown and the organization.
Monday, JuJu called Ben a “true leader” on his Twitter post:
I was so blessed to enter the league and play with a Hall of Fame QB as a 20-year old. Ben has taught me so much, he’s a true Leader and I can’t wait to rock with my guy this season. pic.twitter.com/Atei8eDiZC
— JuJu Smith-Schuster (@TeamJuJu) March 26, 2019
This comes after the words from Le’Veon Bell:
“Ben wants to win his way, and that’s tough to play with. Ben won a Super Bowl, but he won when he was younger. Now he’s at this stage where he tries to control everything, and [the team] let him get there.
He adds: “So if I’m mad at a player and I’m not throwing him the ball—if I’m not throwing A.B. the ball and I’m giving JuJu [Smith-Schuster] all the shine or Jesse [James] or Vance [McDonald] or whoever it is, and you know consciously you’re making your other receiver mad but you don’t care—it’s hard to win that way.”
On top of this, Antonio Brown also spoke out:
“[That’s] the type of guy he is. He feels like he’s the owner. Bro, you threw the [expletive] to the D-lineman. How the [expletive] am I going to run a better route? You need to give me a better ball.”