February 28, 2019 / 4:49 PM / 4 months ago

Steelers' Brown: 'It's all about respect'

FILE PHOTO: Dec 30, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) looks on during warm-ups before the Steelers host the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field. Brown has been ruled out of the game due to injury. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports - 11918974

Disgruntled wide receiver Antonio Brown said recent comments from Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert confirmed that the team doesn’t respect its players.

In an interview with ESPN, which will air over the weekend, Brown said he isn’t “angry” with the Steelers but still wants to move on from the franchise.

Last week, Colbert told reporters that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger “has 52 kids under him, quite honestly” and wanted players to look to the veteran QB for guidance and advice.

Later, Colbert seemed to step back from those comments and told NFL Network he was trying to emphasize Roethlisberger is the team’s “unquestioned leader” and didn’t mean to imply that the Steelers have a “bunch of juveniles.”

“Of course he tried to clarify because, you know, he stated the truth and he’s going to backpedal on his words,” Brown told ESPN. “But what grown man is calling another grown man a kid? ‘Fifty-two kids.’ Like, you don’t have no respect for these guys? Like, these are the guys that go to work for you. And that’s what I’m telling you guys ... that’s my issue. You know what I’m saying? It’s all about respect.

.”.. Things not getting better. They’re not changing. You know what I mean? He just stated it. There’s 52 kids and it’s this guy (Roethlisberger). Bro, it’s one team. ... So that’s what it is, man. Just understanding truths.”

Brown met with team president Art Rooney II last week, and he later announced on Twitter that both sides had decided to part ways.

Colbert said Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis that trade interest in Brown has heated up but that the team would not deal the wide receiver without significant compensation in return for the four-time All-Pro.

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