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Former Steelers RB calls Ben Roethlisberger a ‘racist,’ later recants accusation

The Pittsburgh Steelers have been under siege this offseason by former players, specifically Antonio Brown, who are making unflattering remarks about the organization and specific players.

Former Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall has entered the fray — in alarming fashion — with a fiery social media rant in which he claimed, then later recanted, that Ben Roethlisberger is a “racist.”

Mendenhall, who played for the Steelers from 2008-2012, took to Twitter late Wednesday evening to launch a vehement defense of Brown in a diatribe that lasted well into early Thursday morning.

Mendenhall returned to Twitter hours later mid-morning Thursday to walk back the accusation that Roethlisberger is a “racist.”

Roethlisberger has been plagued by rumors that he may not the best teammate at all times, but for Mendenhall to make such a charged and inflammatory accusation about his former teammate only to backtrack certainly leaves more questions answers.