Mark Madden

Mark Madden

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Turmoil is in the Steelers’ DNA. Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell are gone. But the toxicity lingers.

Ben Roethlisberger talked about Brown, taking the vanilla route. (Perhaps he should have run it flatter.) Roethlisberger said he’s sorry, taking responsibility for fracturing their friendship (even though one probably never really existed).

Roethlisberger took the high road.

So Brown went on Twitter and called Roethlisberger two-faced. Steelers safety Terrell Edmunds liked that tweet. After that was noticed, Edmunds went on a rant pleading that he would never disrespect a teammate or the organization.

But Edmunds liked a tweet that dissed Roethlisberger. That happened. Edmunds didn't apologize.

Now the media gets its turn.

Former NFL player Marcus Spears went on ESPN and called Roethlisberger a liar, saying that it wasn’t true that Brown and Roethlisberger were friends.

Well, duh. But if Roethlisberger stretched the truth, it was because he didn’t want to immolate or exacerbate.

So the Steelers are walking in quicksand again, even though Roethlisberger said nothing to warrant that. Turmoil is in the Steelers’ DNA. It's not going away.

Courtesy of Getty Images.

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