Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver, JuJu Smith-Schuster has finally ended his pre-game ritual of dancing on opposing teams logos. The Tik Tok star made the announcement Wednesday afternoon during a press conference. Smith-Schuster has been making these videos all season long but they only came to light during the Steelers three game losing streak when Bills quarterback Josh Allen used the slight as motivation for the Steelers Bills Week 14 clash.
Steelers’ WR JuJu Smith-Schuster told reporters this today: “For the betterment of myself and my teammates, I'm going to stop dancing on the logos."— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 23, 2020
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin stated after the Bengals game that he would be having a conversation with Smith-Schuster about his ritual. With Wednesday’s announcement I think we can assume Coach Tomlin didn't like having to address his veteran receiver’s dancing with the media. Steelers defensive captain, Cameron Heyward also talked about the incidents and stated how the only dancing he wants to see is during a Steelers Super Bowl trophy ceremony.
Cam Heyward says JuJu's dancing is a topic bc they're losing. "I'd rather you dance on the Super Bowl logo when we're done. ..It's 2020. If you can't dance on a logo, what are we talking about? People can't go outside right now. ..let's get focused on fball& get back to winning."— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) December 23, 2020
Sports teams, athletes, and media outlets alike took to twitter after Smith-Schuster fumbled the football during their Week 15 clash with Cincinnati to poke fun at the receiver who, at times, is more focused on social media than his job playing football.
When Smith-Schuster entered the NFL he was the youngest player in the league at just 20 years old. Joining a Steelers receiving corps of Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant, along with Le’Veon Bell, it really isn't a surprise that he doesn't know how to act like a pro to this day.
Remind us not to Tik Tok on any logos.— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) December 22, 2020
In a contract year with his stats continuing to slip, this incident will surely cost Smith-Schuster money on the open market. As the old adage goes, pay who you can afford to be. And Smith-Schuster isn't playing well enough to be both a football player and a Tik Tok celebrity.
"You've got to go out there between the lines, go out there and hit him." - Vonn Bell when asked earlier about JuJu dancing on the logo— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 22, 2020
JuJu just got rocked by Bell on the field
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