Roethlisberger Takes Shot At Rapoport; Says Bryant Doesn’t Want To Be Traded

Does Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant really want to be traded? According to a report this past weekend by Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Bryant, or someone who represents him, did indeed ask the Steelers to trade him recently. On Tuesday, however, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was asked during his weekly interview on 93.7 The Fan to discuss that Bryant trade report.

“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. “Sometimes things come from agents, because they want what they think is best for the player and dont realize that it ends up hurting the player. 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 then went on to take a shot at Rapoport.

“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 was then asked about the Sunday night tweets from Bryant’s girlfriend that have since been deleted that seemed to support the idea that the wide receiver wants out of Pittsburgh.

“Yeah, and I cant speak on that behalf,” Roethlisberger started. “Obviously, we landed [Sunday night] and we all saw that and I don’t know if it’s one of those things where at home you’ve got a bunch of people that are saying ‘Why aren’t you getting the ball? Why don’t you do this? Why don’t you do that?’ Almost just kind of gassing him up if you will. But, like I said, Martavis is an asset to this football team. He’s done everything we’ve asked him to do.

“Obviously, his numbers aren’t probably what he was hoping and expected and probably all of us to a certain extent, but you also understand he’s been gone for a whole year, it’s not like he missed six games, four games, eight games, it was a whole year, and that’s tough. And 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 was asked if he’s seen any lack of effort from Bryant in the past several weeks.

“None whatsoever,” the Steelers quarterback said. “As a matter of fact, this last week I thought he gave more effort in the run game, in blocking for other guys. There’s a play, A.B. [Antonio Brown] catches a ball over the middle running towards Martavis, Martavis turns around and picks up a block and A.B. almost springs out of it. A.B. jumps up, starts celebrating with Martavis because he saw Martavis blocking. I think the effort was even better this week on his part in things like other than just the pass game.”

Now that Roethlisberger has addressed the Bryant trade reports Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin will likely have to do so during his Tuesday press conference and we’ll make sure to pass along any of his quotes to you when and if that happens.

  • Chris92021

    And nothing will happen to Rapaport because journalism died a long time ago along with accountability.

  • derp_diggler

    Now more than ever media is all about marketing, and as the very old saying goes: caveat emptor. I for one, am not buying anything Rapaport is selling,

  • Michael James

    I mean it’s his job. He obviously got a call and some “insider” information from one of Bryant’s family members, agents etc. Those can be seen as more or less reliable sources usually (looks not like it this time). Even Tomlin said this much on his press conference right now.
    If you have to put out this much stories, there will always be some where your source (that should be reliable) just straight out tells bs. Unfortunate, but not completely on Rapoport.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Sports Gossip Columnist

  • Conserv_58

    It seems pretty dang obvious to me that Rappaport’s “source” was Martavis’ baby momma’s tweet. I loved Ben’s response to Rappaport’s report because we all have said the same thing about him. He is no better than a gossip spewing tabloid reporter. Rappaport, deserves no respect or credibility for his reporting of baseless innuendo, especially since he never sites his sources.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    As connected as rap is, he is unreliable.

  • DSG

    Rappaport annoys the crap out of me too but Apparently ed bouchette confirmed he asked for a trade too so….

  • Andrew

    What happens is IF he is off base enough times, networks and news outlets don’t trust you to report what you say – then you stop being trusted and don’t get appearances, etc.

    There are definitely consequences to reporting falsehoods, whether they’re fast acting or not is another thing.

  • rystorm06

    Bouchette rhymes with bull sh**

  • NW86

    I prefer Douchette, but to each his own… Anyway, yeah, he is at least local but he has proven pretty unreliable at times too.

  • Yawn…

  • gdeuce

    so because Ed says he has confirmation it makes it true? The “report” also said that Martavis’ teammates and coaches are well aware of his unhappiness, yet all his teammates have said the opposite.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    I think he did want a trade but we smoothed things over. Don’t matter anyway because he won’t get traded.

  • Steve Johnson

    I don’t think so. I think he expressed his unhappiness with his girlfriend, she took it to social media.

  • Steve Johnson

    “As The World Turns In Steelers Country”

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Could be. I just watched his interview yesterday and he sounded bitter about JuJu taking snaps. Like I said it doesn’t matter anyway because he’s not going anywhere.

  • NinjaMountie

    I don’t understand why Ben can’t keep his mouth shut! How dare he praise Bryant! Doesn’t he know he’s making it more of an issue. This guy is such a dirt bag. He needs to mind his own business.

  • pittfan

    Pillow talk!

  • Gautam Ramani

    BR has taken some slack for how he called out teammates in the past. This was perfect. Well said Ben

  • ryan72384

    Probably the best statement Ben has ever made on an issue regarding another player. He knows how valuable Martavis is. Very nicely done Ben

  • nutty32

    Like that’s not his “job.” There was a time when “fake news” wasn’t an issue because we all just ignored the National Enquirer while going through the super market checkout line. There are indeed journalistic standards and fact checking before anything gets published. Mere gossip & rumor peddling is not journalism and 92021 is exactly right.

  • Jeff Dudash

    Once upon a time, journalists would need multiple (corroborating) sources before they ran with a story.

  • nutty32

    Espn and their “sources say” style is bleeding money and downsizing staff these days…

  • nutty32

    Ben forgot to mention his off target passes as the main reason 10’s stats are down.

  • Ni mo

    Oh because Bryant girl don’t understand packages and see Bryant go off the field on some plays she’s dumb

  • Ni mo

    Juju is the slot

  • Brandon Campbell

    Alarming stat I just found out we are 19 and 0 when LeVeon Bell carries the ball 23 times or more!!! Not touches carries…

  • Conserv_58

    Bouchette? 🙈 He is an arrogant blow hard that likes listening to himself speak.

  • Hec

    Breaking News: Just heard Bryant wants back in Pittsburgh Steelers. Somebody let Rapoport know the trade isn’t going down as first reported…….by him! Will keep him inform on the next false rumors and gossips soon as the Parrots opens their yap!

  • Rocksolid20

    a second and a third and yes trade him .

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    I think he ate some of Martavis’ snaps tho. JuJu has been playing more and more.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    We’re not going anything close to a 2nd and a 3rd…

  • Rotten Sircus

    “Fake News” they’re tryna drive a wedge in between our team as we get rolling ! I hope the players stay focused !!!

  • Conserv_58

    I suggest that Martavis keep track of where his baby momma is when he’s at practice because based on her tweets he can’t trust that nasty woman out of his site.

  • Conserv_58

    That very scenario has crossed my mind.

  • Rocksolid20

    Then it’s simple , we keep him . Get our price
    or say no thanks .

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    With one more failed drug test and a indefinite suspension no team will offer that.

  • dany

    Sometimes I forget these guys, well at least most of them, love playing football and getting 1-2 balls your way per game must suck. No matter how many balls you get in practice, getting to a game and barely being a part sounds awful

  • Rocksolid20

    Then as I said , it’s simple . We keep him .

  • Dan

    Then he needs a new girlfriend. If my wife shared all of my pillow talk remarks to the world, I’d be in rough position at work, at the kids’ school, at church, in the social circles, etc. An important part of the selection process in picking a mate is their ability to keep things in confidence.

  • Bo Taylor

    FAKE NEWS!!!!

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Ian CrapReport can suck eggs.

  • SilverSteel

    Wow, that is pretty impressive. The run game is starting to gel. Hope they let Conner rotate a bit more…oh, and Watson. We need Bell healthy later on.

  • SilverSteel

    Yes, he could have shouldered some of the blame, but he still did good.

  • colingrant

    The pressure to provide content that warrants “clicks” and “hits” is real. Content integrity is often compromised for various reasons, all of which lead back to income generation and/or job justification or security. When conflict of interests exists, money blurs and threatens content delivery. It’s an american epidemic.

  • Ken Krampert

    I blame that ghetto rat baby mama of his. Looks like he is still surrounding himself with losers.

  • will

    Why is that alarming?

  • Matt Manzo

    It’s alarming that we don’t let him carry it 23 times in every game!

  • will

    You are joking. Ha ha ha

  • will

    Was she toking while tweeting/posting?

  • will

    Ok……that makes sense.

  • GravityWon

    Now you’re learning Ben. Squash the drama and get back to the task at hand. That is squashing the bUNgles.

  • Mike Lloyd

    I’m so sick of the drama. It’s all garbage…
    Nobody is right here. From Martavis GF, to Rappoport for reporting it; to Ben throwing cold water on it…
    Just knock it off and play football-there’s been more drama this year between Brown flipping out, Villanueva with the flag flap.
    This, Ben’s 5 ints. Enough. Play football.
    Sick of this horsesh**…
    Apologies for bad games and a bunch of nonsense.
    Play football!
    Apologies for the rant.
    We now return to your regularly scheduled programming.

  • Morten Jacob Houring

    Rapoport is garbage. He passes along rumors with zero accountability. He’s not only a waste of time, his “reporting” is harmful to player-team relationships.