Roethlisberger to Rudolph: “Never Intended to be Mean”

At the first day of organized team activities (OTA’s) for the Pittsburgh Steelers, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger spoke with reporters after his workout regarding his previous comments towards rookie quarterback, Mason Rudolph. He noted that his remarks were taken out of context. Earlier this month, Roethlisberger was quoted saying, Rudolph “doesn’t need me,” and that if the rookie has questions, Roethlisberger would simply “point to the playbook.”

“I think people took some things that I said in a context that I was going to be mean or rude or whatever,” Roethlisberger said. “That was not it at all. If you listen to the whole conversation, I said it in jest and was laughing and having fun.”

Regarding Le’Veon Bell and skipping OTA’s, Roethlisberger said skipping voluntary practices never crossed his mind personally. “To be here, to have fun, to be around the guys – I never would have heard the end of it from (Maurkice) Pouncey if I didn’t.” – Joe Rutter of Tribune-Review reported

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