Last week, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger found himself in the middle of some trade rumors and he immediately responded with a heavy denial. Roethlisberger claimed that the rumors were the most “b.s. rumors” he had ever heard.
Unfortunately for Roethlisberger, the rumors aren’t going away and Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network has stuck by his report, which has led to Roethlisberger once again delivering a strong denial about the rumors during an appearance on WDVE radio on Friday morning.
“First and foremost, I don’t want to go anywhere,” Roethlisberger said. “I want to be in Pittsburgh. I hope that’s very clear to everybody that I want to stay, my family wants to stay. We do not want to ask for a trade, we don’t want to go anywhere. I want to finish my career here. I’ve always said that, and I still feel firmly that way.
“When someone is a source and they’re unnamed, they have an agenda. And their agenda is not winning football games and not helping this team. Whoever that agenda is coming from, they’re not helping us, they’re hurting us.
“First of all, how does anybody know what I’m doing at home when I’m watching film or I’m looking through my playbook at home, unless someone someone’s got cameras set up in my house and they’re spying on me? But then they’d see the truth that I am doing that stuff.”
Well, Roethlisberger is continuing to do what he needs to do, but he needs to accept that these rumors are going to be there all offseason.
Rapoport would not have come out with the report unless he had a strong source, which was likely someone inside of the Steelers organization, saying that they will explore all possibilities.
Roethlisberger is doing what is best to stay in the good standing of the fans, but he can’t change reality just by denying reports that he can’t control.