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Antonio Brown Calls Out Ben Roethlisberger, Says He Has an 'Owner Mentality'

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistFebruary 16, 2019

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 09:  Antonio Brown #84 and Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on against the Oakland Raiders during the first half of their NFL football game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 9, 2018 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown addressed some of the key differences he has with Ben Roethlisberger on Saturday. 

Asked by a Twitter user about his conflict with Roethlisberger leading up to Week 17, Brown responded there was a lack of "mutual respect" because the Steelers quarterback has an "owner mentality":

Antonio Brown @AB84

No conflict just a matter of respect! Mutual respect! He has a owner mentality like he can call out anybody including coaches. Players know but they can’t say anything about it otherwise they meal ticket gone. It’s a dirty game within a game. #truth https://t.co/MsSyBVd3Ny

Brown also tweeted his requested move isn't about money:

Antonio Brown @AB84

Not for the money its for the love of the sport ! The commitment to win relentlessly consistently passionately ! Plus I made 70 million it’s public record not to be cocky just truth! Time to play for my own Team AB84 the family ! https://t.co/v4vFO2QCSf

The Steelers benched Brown for their regular-season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals. Head coach Mike Tomlin originally announced his star wideout was absent from practice leading up to the game because of discomfort in his knee.

Per Gerry Dulac and Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Brown "was disgusted and threw a football" at Roethlisberger following a disagreement during a walkthrough practice four days before the game.

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported he was informed Brown was "totally in the wrong" for that situation and "went AWOL essentially for the 3rd time this season dating back to training camp."

Bouchette reported Saturday that the Steelers were intending to explore trades involving Brown even before he reportedly asked for a trade on Tuesday, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. 

Brown is a playmaker who can help a lot of teams on the field and led the NFL with 15 touchdown receptions last season. The 30-year-old will become very expensive in 2019 with a $22.165 million cap hit, per Spotrac.

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Teams interested in acquiring Brown will have to weigh the upside with the potential headaches he brings between games. 

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