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Report: Roethlisberger berated Brown at team meetings, practice

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Drama between Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown reportedly reached a boiling point in recent weeks.

The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback consistently badgered his star wideout this season, causing damage to their relationship, former NFL receiver James Jones said Saturday on NFL Network, according to Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk.

"I have talked to a couple people in the Pittsburgh Steelers organization and they told me (the issues between the two players) has been lingering on," Jones said. "I've been told in meetings (Roethlisberger) would take shots at AB. Like, 'I don’t got to throw you the ball,' and things like that.

"Wednesday in practice, I heard he ran the wrong route, Big Ben threw the ball on the ground, said, 'Get him out of here. Get somebody else in there,' and that's when (Brown) was at his boiling point and that's when he went off."

Brown reportedly threw a football at Roethlisberger during the walk-through practice. The quarterback later denied a rift between the two but said the wide receiver had yet to return his calls.

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