Ben Roethlisberger takes shot at reporter over Martavis Bryant rumor
Ben Roethlisberger on Tuesday summarily dismissed a report suggesting Martavis Bryant demanded a trade. And while doing so, the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback pointed out the source of the original report is the same media member who previously relayed a “zero-percent truth” trade rumor about him.
Concerning the trade demand chatter involving Bryant, Roethlisberger suggested the source of the report wasn’t Bryant.
“Yeah, I have talked to him I talked to him before and you know what it is, is sometimes, like Martavis, I talk to him, he doesn’t want to go anywhere,” Roethlisberger said during his weekly interview on 93.7 The Fan, via Steelers Depot. “… I don’t know exactly what happened here but I do know that Martavis, there hasn’t been any inklings of unhappiness. It’s unnecessary drama.”
Roethlisberger proceeded to point a finger at NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport, who originally broke the story over the weekend.
“This is the first person that broke this story first was the same person that broke the story that I wanted to be traded and I know there’s zero-percent truth to that, so I kind of take some of the stuff that he says with a grain of salt, too,” Roethlisberger said.
Roethlisberger presumably referring to a Nov. 2013 report in which Rapoport indicated an “incredibly frustrated” Roethlisberger was expected to demand the Steelers trade him in the subsequent offseason.
Related to the Bryant issue, the wide receiver himself denied he wants out of Pittsburgh.
FWIW, Martavis Bryant said he did not request a trade. Talked for about five minutes. Theme was he wants to move on. Story coming later
— Ray Fittipaldo (@rayfitt1) October 16, 2017
Martavis Bryant told reporters he did not request a trade. He has talked with coaches about getting better. "I'm… https://t.co/vak3EvRMOt
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) October 16, 2017
After sitting out the entire 2016 season due to suspension, the case can be made Bryant hasn’t been yet fully incorporated back into the Steelers’ offense. In six games, Bryant has posted only 17 receptions on 34 targets for 231 yards and one touchdown in six games. Roethlisberger conceded the impact of Bryant’s extended absence but insisted things are improving.
“… I’m happy to have him back as a teammate and a football player and I’m excited for what’s going to come down the road for him on this football team because I can see how close he is and we are together,” Roethlisberger said.