Ben Roethlisberger again bashes NFL insider Ian Rapoport
Ben Roethlisberger has frequently exhibited extreme animosity towards NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport and his reporting over the years, and the league insider again has become a target of the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback.
During his weekly appearance on Pittsburgh radio Tuesday, Roethlisberger bristled at the mere mention of Rapoport’s name, which stemmed from a report that aired Sunday on NFL Network. Rapoport reported that Roethlisberger suffered cracked ribs during a Week 15 loss to the Oakland Raiders, which inspired the Steelers quarterback to go scorched earth on the NFL insider.
“You shouldn’t even say his name on this show, because nothing that comes from what he says is there any truth to,” Roethlisberger said on 93.7 The Fan, as transcribed by Steelers Depot. “I have no idea where that came from. My wife texted me before the game, like, ‘Did you hear about this?’ And I’m in the locker room like, this is unbelievable. I don’t know where that guy gets his information from, so we’re not even going to give him credence on this show, if that’s ok with you.”
As noted, Roethlisberger has had his fair share of issues with Rapoport in the past. In 2013, Roethlisberger angrily refuted a Rapoport report that indicated he asked the Steelers to explore possible trade scenarios, something the quarterback deemed “ridiculous.”
In 2017, Roethlisberger blasted Rapoport again, this time over a report that then-Steelers wideout Martavis Bryant had demanded a trade. Roethlisberger specifically mentioned at the time that it was Rapoport who originally reported his supposed 2013 trade demand.
Suffice to say, Roethlisberger harbors extreme contempt for Rapoport, to say the least. That said, odds are Rapoport will continue to report on any goings-on involving the Steelers, much to Roethlisberger’s assumed chagrin and potential publicly aired ire.