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Antonio Brown and Ben Roethlisberger
Antonio Brown and Ben
Roethlisberger.

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  • It’s been quite a week for the Pittsburgh Steelers
    already.
  • Controversy surrounds the team.
  • They have yet to win a game.
  • Now Stormy Daniels is involved.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have had a season’s worth of drama take
place just this week.

On Sunday, the team became the first NFL franchise in at least 78
years to score 37 points and commit no turnovers in a home game —
and lose. The loss put the preseason Super Bowl hopefuls at 0-1-1
after a disappointing tie to the Cleveland Browns — a team that
had won one game in the past two seasons.

Afterward, star wide receiver Antonio Brown went at it with a
former Steelers public relations employee who said he wouldn’t be
able to put up the same eye-popping numbers if quarterback Ben
Roethlisberger wasn’t throwing to him. “Trade me let’s find out,”
Brown tweeted Monday, a day when he didn’t bother
showing up for work
.

Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree also got into a tiff on social
media
. And the team’s star running back, Le’Veon Bell,
refuses to end his holdout for a long-term contract. TMZ posted footage of him jet
skiing.

If that wasn’t enough, porn star Stormy Daniels’s attorney
Michael Avenatti hinted that
Roethlisberger
 will be featured in his client’s upcoming
book detailing her alleged affair with President Donald Trump and
other topics. Avenatti tweeted the pair has “no further comment
at this time regarding the details relating to” Roethlisberger.

Avenatti did not immediately respond to a request for comment
from Business Insider.

The Steelers now have to prepare for a tough Monday night game in
Tampa against the Buccaneers, who are off to a surprising 2-0
start riding the hot hand of backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.

“Steeler Nation, know we’re all down right now, got to stay
positive and move forward, better days to come!” tweeted wide receiver JuJu
Smith-Schuster
.

‘It’s not one constant area that’s below the line’


antonio brown
Antonio Brown.
Winslow
Townson/AP


On Roethlisberger, nothing had been published on the details
contained in Daniels’s upcoming book, “Full Disclosure,” as of
Tuesday afternoon. 

But in January, when
Daniels’s allegations were first made public, it was revealed
that she told the celebrity gossip magazine
InTouch in a 2011 interview
 published this
year that Trump had Roethlisberger walk her back to her hotel
room a day after she and Trump had their alleged sexual
encounter.

Daniels told the tabloid that the night after her alleged
encounter with Trump at a 2006 Lake Tahoe celebrity golf
tournament, she caught the Manhattan billionaire at a party with
the young Steelers quarterback. Roethlisberger had won his first
Super Bowl earlier that year. Trump, she said, made
Roethlisberger “promise to take care of me.”

“I stayed another 15-20 minutes, and Ben Roethlisberger actually
walked me up to my room that night because Donald told him to,”
she continued. “Yeah, he walked me all the way to my hotel room.”

Roethlisberger has twice faced allegations of rape. A civil suit
was settled in 2012 over an accusation that he raped a woman in
his hotel room at the same Lake Tahoe celebrity golf tournament
in 2008. Trump, meanwhile, has promoted
his
relationship with Roethlisberger.

Reflecting on the Steelers’s woes
so far
in this young season, head coach Mike Tomlin said
Tuesday that issues with the team were abound. There was no
shortage of areas on the field that needed addressed.

“It’s not one constant area that’s below the line,” he said.
“It’s usually popping up in a lot of areas.”

If there’s any sign for hope, it’s that the next venue on the
Steelers schedule is at least a place where the team has enjoyed
success. The last time Roethlisberger led a Steelers team into
action at Raymond James Stadium, they won Super Bowl 43.

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