NFL Network reporter Aditi Kinkhabwala went on Peter King’s podcast this week and shared some of her particular insight about the Pittsburgh Steelers’ situation from the top down, including Antonio Brown. Kinkhabwala spoke candidly about the changes she feels like has happened within the organization after the death of Dan Rooney and the direction she hears Brown and the team is going with all this drama.
“He 100 percent does not want to go right now,” Kinkhabwala said. “He is not looking to be traded. He does not want to leave.”
This is a fascinating bit of information that contrasts comments by team president Art Rooney II earlier in the week. Rooney indicated it would be hard to envision Brown being on the team when training camp started. But if Brown really feels this way, it is doubtful he has communicated this to the team and that is really the crux of all these problems.
Kinkhabwala also acknowledged the role Ben Roethlisberger might be playing in all this. That includes his weekly radio show, where he feels he can be more candid — often to the detriment of team chemistry.
“I can tell you from multiple people, multiple people in that locker room told me how disruptive and disheartening it was to have Ben Roethlisberger go on the radio weekly and call out some teammate or another,” Kinkhabwala said.
Ultimately Brown and the team still have two months before any decisions have to be made. King pointed out this could be an opportunity for all sides to cool off and let the dust settle on all this ugliness. Kinkhabwala puts a bow on this when she points out how much Brown and Roethlisberger need each other to be successful and neither can be as good absent of each other.