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T.J. Watt says ‘NFL has something against me’ after Steelers Week 13 loss

T.J. Watt #90 and Alex Highsmith #56 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrate a sack during the first quarter at Acrisure Stadium on December 03, 2023 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images

The Pittsburgh Steelers got beat on pretty much every front in Week 13, and EDGE rusher T.J. Watt acknowledged as much following Sunday’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

“We got our ass kicked. I don’t know if it got away from us. We got pummeled today,” Watt opened up his post-game press conference noting.

The reasons for the Steelers’ failures in Week 13 run deep, but one of them, Watt hints, might just have to do with the referees. League officials have provided the team with uphill battles at times between missed calls and ticky-tacky fouls, but even Watt notes that officials have a little something extra against him in particular.

“On the play that you were hurt, or that you appeared to be hurt, you were pretty flagrantly held there. Did that contribute at all?” one media member asked.

Watt replied, “[The] NFL has something against me, so I don’t want to talk any more negatively against them. I don’t know what I did, but I’ll leave it at that.”


Watt’s wise to avoid the topic of missed calls, seeing as teammate Diontae Johnson already received a hefty fine to the tune of $25,000 earlier this season for criticizing game officials following Week 8’s loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. After a couple of big missed calls, Johnson stated the refs “must have been paid good or something,” and days later, got a fine from the league office.

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