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Tim Benz: If anyone is two-faced, it’s Antonio Brown, not Ben Roethlisberger

Tim Benz
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The Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger hugs Antonio Brown after Browns scored a touchdown against the Falcons Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018 at Heinz Field.

Ben Roethlisberger admitted to KDKA-TV that his comments about Antonio Brown after last season’s loss in Denver went too far.

He apologized for that during a sit down with Bob Pompeani that aired Monday.

That wasn’t good enough for Mr. Big Chest.

As Roethlisberger himself pointed out, sometimes when it comes to the media — and social media — you can’t take back things you say.

If Brown is that bent out of shape over what Big Ben said about him not running a route properly at the end of the loss to the Broncos, so be it.

But a few hours before the interview aired, Roethlisberger’s apology became public. That’s when Brown sent this tweet.

If that’s directed at anyone besides Roethlisberger, there needs to be a clarification. And none has come. So I feel safe in assuming that quip was aimed at Roethlisberger’s apology, which Brown apparently isn’t accepting.

I also feel safe is pointing out the irony that Brown is painting anyone else as being a phony. Because “Tony Toe Tap” could just as easily be referred to as “Tony Two Face.”

Seriously. When it comes to people misrepresenting themselves in a softer light than what they deserve, is there a greater offender than Brown?

A.B. is always friendly, all smiles, celebrations and playing with his kids on Instagram.

Unfortunately, he’s brooding, ball-demanding and cantankerous when the cameras aren’t rolling — or, at least, when the cameras aren’t ones operated by his social media team or himself.

That’s Antonio Brown in a nutshell. Two-faced. Get used to it, Oakland.

That tweet from Brown proves he’s not over the bitterness he has toward Roethlisberger. And he’s not a different person after signing in Oakland, as he’d like Raiders’ management to believe.

As we recall from his minicamp meltdown last summer, Brown still doesn’t seem to grasp the concept that all the attention placed on his social media activity is spawned by his own constant desire to post.

Hey, A.B.! Want us to stop monitoring your life? Stop giving us stuff to read. It’s a pretty simple concept, really.

Brown is a walking sideshow. We know that by now. What is more concerning, however, is why last year’s Steelers team rookie of year Terrell Edmunds liked that “two face” tweet by Brown.

After immediate criticism online and on sports talk radio, Edmunds removed the “like.” But as Roethlisberger himself just said, you really can’t take back things like that — not after the social media world has seen it.

Hopefully Edmunds can better explain himself at OTAs. Because the last thing this team needs is another season scattered with social media carnivals.

Tim Benz is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tim at [email protected] or via Twitter. All tweets could be reposted. All emails are subject to publication unless specified otherwise.

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