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Ben Roethlisberger weighs in on Headsetgate: ‘That’s new to me’


Despite Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin saying the controversy was behind the team, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger weighed in on the Headsetgate kerfuffle, in which Steelers coaches apparently were hearing the New England Patriots’ radio broadcast in their headsets at times during last week’s game. Roethlisberger said as he understands things, it was only occurring when the Steelers had the ball.

“That’s the first time that I had ever heard of anything happening when you hear a radio broadcast during a game,” Roethlisberger said during an interview Tuesday on Pittsburgh’s 93.7 The Fan, via CBS Pittsburgh. “That’s new to me in hearing that. But like I said, it didn’t affect me at all, but it obviously affected the coaches, so whether that’s a coincidence it happened up there or what, I’m not really sure.”

The Steelers quarterback admitted it had no impact on him, but what he heard from backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski and offensive coordinator Todd Haley indicates that while headset issues are common, what transpired at Gillette Stadium was strange.

“In a lot of games, the offensive coordinator to quarterback headset, it will go out, doesn’t matter if it’s at home, on the road, it just never fails, there’s almost always some kind of communication [issues]. But what I was told and what Bruce [Gradkowski] told me when he listened was that when we had the ball on offense, our coach-to-coach communication were not only hearing themselves, but they were hearing the radio broadcast of the game. And from what I was told from Coach Haley, it was only when we had the ball. When the Patriots had the ball, there was no radio broadcast.”

Roethlisberger conceded wonky things similar to what occurred last week from time to time in all NFL stadiums, but for coaches to actually hear a radio broadcast is strange, indeed, even if Tomlin said he was satisfied with the league’s explanation.