Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is not happy with ex-teammate Emmanuel Sanders for his comments made about Ben Roethlisberger.
Sanders, who spent four seasons with the Steelers before signing with the Broncos in March, compared his new quarterback with his old quarterback and enumerated the ways Peyton Manning is a better leader than Big Ben. That all didn’t sit well with Brown, who is one of the top receivers on the Steelers.
“That was terrible,” Brown said of Sanders’ comments. “You don’t throw your QB under the bus, the guy who made you who you are.”
SI’s Don Banks reports Brown says he contacted Sanders.
Again, this was another case where the comments and headlines probably make Sanders’ comments look worse than they were. He was really just praising Manning and talking about the way the quarterback spends so much extra time outside of practice trying to be great. Roethlisberger isn’t as good as Manning, and the extra work Peyton puts in could just be an extra reason why.
Big Ben shouldn’t take offense to the comments and should use them as motivation to work even harder. Brown is just being a good teammate by defending his guy.
Sanders, for his part, addressed his comments via Twitter Monday:
I never said Ben wasn't a leader… I just said Peyton is a better one. I have nothing but respect for Ben as a man and as a player. #truth
— Emmanuel Sanders (@ESanders_10) July 28, 2014