Ben Roethlisberger says Antonio Brown knows flags have hurt team

ByJeremy Fowler ESPN logo
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers have talked to Antonio Brown about his celebration penalties in the end zone, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger told 93.7 The Fan on Tuesday.

Brown got his third touchdown-celebration penalty of the season for his choreographed dance with running back Le'Veon Bell during Thursday's 28-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts.

"He knows, we all know, Coach [Mike] Tomlin brought it up yesterday, that is a huge penalty and we can't do that," Roethlisberger said on his weekly radio show. "We put our kick coverage team in a bad situation and we can't have that, and AB knows that."

Brown got hit with penalties in Week 1 against the Washington Redskins and Week 4 against the Kansas City Chiefs for what the NFL deems a sexually suggestive dance: a twerk with at least two pumps.

Brown has cut back on the pumps, but he still enjoys a good celebration. Brown is tied for the league lead with 10 touchdown receptions entering Sunday's game with the New York Giants.

When asked about addressing the issue this week, Tomlin said he didn't because the coaching staff has "discussed it wholly" with players in the past.

"We had a setback in that area, but I don't think it requires additional discussion," Tomlin said.