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Steelers’ Antonio Brown takes shots at Ben Roethlisberger in the most subtle way possible

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Remember when Ben Roethlisberger was accused of sexual assault by two different women in two separate places over the span of a single year? It makes sense that you might have forgotten, as the Pittsburgh Steelers and league at large have completely ignored those heinous allegations and any subsequent fallout from them ever since suspending Roethlisberger for the first four games of the 2010 NFL season. Antonio Brown, though, drew new attention to his teammate’s alleged transgressions on Friday.

Brown, who asked to be traded from the Steelers earlier this week, took a thinly-veiled shot at Roethlisberger on social media, “liking” a pair of Twitter posts that criticized Steelers fans for giving their superstar quarterback a pass while consistently harping on allegations of domestic violence against Brown and the on-field protest of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

The tweets in question, from user @KIP_music, are below.

Earlier this month, police in South Florida confirmed to reporters that Brown was involved in a January domestic dispute. Law enforcement offered no further details on the situation, citing the need for further investigation, but Brown vehemently denied any wrongdoing, calling the allegations “baseless and false.”

It marked the second time in several months the seven-time Pro Bowler had a run-in with the law after he was accused of throwing items off the balcony of an apartment in October of last year.

In December 2011, Roethlisberger settled out of court with a woman who accused him two years earlier of sexually assaulting her at a Lake Tahoe celebrity golf tournament.

About nine months after the first incident, he was again accused of sexual assault by a woman who claimed Roethlisberger raped her in a locked bathroom at a Georgia nightclub. No charges were filed in the case, with the district attorney in charge stating there was not enough evidence to prove Roethlisberger’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.