Despite getting further and further away from the first report, the Steelers and QB Ben Roethlisberger continue to dispute the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport story that the QB may want out at seasons end.
Tuesday, Big Ben took the airwaves on his own show, and sounded downright ticked off about the report which came out about three hours prior to kickoff Sunday vs the Bills.
“It’s stinkin upsetting. It fires me up because it’s like where do you make this stuff up. It’s unbelievable,” Roehtlisberger said Tuesday on 93.7 The Fan during his weekly radio show.
“I love putting that jersey on every week and it’s the only one I could ever see myself in. That helmet, there’s something special about that logo and putting those colors on.”
It wasn’t the first time Ben had talked about the report, as he spoke post game Sunday about it, saying it was in no way true.
The Steelers were so upset about the report by Rapoport, that by halftime Sunday Art Rooney II had put out a statement on the teams official website.
Roethlisberger’s agent, Ryan Tollner also tweeted about the report, saying that Rapoport’s report was ‘completely wrong.’
“I’ve said from day one I want to play for one organization and there’s not one organization in the world that I would rather play for than this one,” Ben said on his show Tuesday.
“I look at the Rooneys like they’re family. We have never asked, are not going to ask (for a trade). This is home and this is family and that’s why I’m so upset this even got brought to my attention at the end of the (Bills) game.”
Tuesday Ben wasn’t the only one talking about the report, as coach Mike Tomlin commented about it for the first time in his weekly presser.
The coac, when asked if he has sensed that Roethlisberger is frustrated, said that he has seen it this season with a 3-6 record after nine games.
“[It's] relative to losing and I share it but not anything that would lead us into (trade) discussion in any form or fashion. I’m not going to provide any more legs to an erroneous story. I thought it was handled and handled appropriately.”
That doesn’t mean it isn’t firing up the two-time Super Bowl winning QB.