Sometimes you have to accept an apology you never received. That could have been Antonio Brown's mentality following a hindered relationship between him and his former quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
That may not be true, but if it was -- he has nothing to worry about now following Big Ben's recent, public apology.
The Steelers' signal caller talked it all out with Bob Pompeani of KDKA in Pittsburgh. It appeared he accepted full responsibility for his part in the broken relationship with his former wide receiver. Roethlisberger admitted he feels bad for the criticism he made of Brown when he claimed the wide receiver didn't read the coverage accurately during a game-ending turnover against the Broncos:
Ben Roethlisberger's first comments to @KDPomp and @KDKA on Antonio Brown: "I took some heat and deservedly so for some of the comments on that show and especially towards him. I genuinely feel bad about that and I'm sorry. Did I got to far after that Denver game? Probably..."— Andrew Fillipponi (@ThePoniExpress) May 20, 2019
Roethlisberger continued on AB: "That's the thing about media and social media, As soon as you say 'sorry' it only goes so far. You can't take it back. And I wish I could because if that's what ruined our friendship and relationship, I'm truly, genuinely sorry about that."— Andrew Fillipponi (@ThePoniExpress) May 20, 2019
Brown appeared to have a reaction to Roethlisberger's comments:
Two face— AB (@AB84) May 20, 2019
And while we cannot confirm this tweet is 100 percent geared toward the situation, we do know that AB's relationship with Big Ben and the Steelers deteriorated around the same time erratic behavior ensued. This included skipping team meetings the last week of the season and not playing in a crucial Week 17 game. Brown was soon thereafter traded to the Raiders for two NFL draft picks.
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The apology from the six-time Pro Bowl quarterback appears to be genuine, but this "sorry," could be too little too late.