With Le’Veon Bell deciding not to return to the Pittsburgh Steelers this season, he no longer has need of his locker that has remained largely untouched throughout the year. At least it had been until Wednesday when his former teammates decided to have a look through the possession he had left behind.
In what seems to be more of a playful moment that a spiteful act toward a player many feel has deserted the team, a number of players reportedly took items from his locker and removed the nameplate on the front of it.
Steelers players went into Le’Veon Bell’s locker, removing his nameplate and rummaging through items. Bud Dupree says thanks for the Jordan brand cleats. pic.twitter.com/gQaAu9hUPd— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) November 14, 2018
Linebacker Bud Dupree looks to have been one of the biggest winners of the raid after it appeared he had found a few pairs of brand new Nike Jordan cleats that seem to fit him. However, he might not have only been the one to profit on the day.
Update: the multiple large boxes, each with dozens of pairs of cleats in them, have been removed.— Chris Adamski (@C_AdamskiTrib) November 14, 2018
“You need shoes?” a player said to a reporter.
The locker of practice-squad player now has two whole shelves of shoes with “26” sewed on the back.
Maybe Dupree will give his new cleats a try on Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Although there was no word on who, if anyone, snagged Bell’s mix cd.
Also found in Bell's locker: A mixtape CD labeled 'Le'Veon Bell #1." The raid seemed more playful than malicious, from my view.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) November 14, 2018
After purging any remaining signs of Bell from the locker room, it can only be hoped that this will have given his former teammates a sense of closure and he will no longer be a topic of conversation for them going forward. For players like Maurkice Pouncey, Bell is not a subject he wants to to talk about anymore.
As a group of media approached Maurkice Pouncey, he warned, “ I’m only going to talk about players that are here. Not gonna answer any questions about anyone who is not here.”— Chris Adamski (@C_AdamskiTrib) November 14, 2018