Just one week after Steelers WR Diontae Johnson fell under the microscope for his lack of hustle on a fumble by Jaylen Warren, in which he ultimately did take ownership of, Johnson did something that now has him in hot water with the fanbase yet again.
Late in the 4th quarter of the Steelers blowout loss to the Arizona Cardinals, Johnson scored a touchdown in what would be considered “garbage time.” The endzone visit was punctuated by a rather lengthy celebration.
Diontae Johnson celebrating the Steelers late TD pic.twitter.com/B5OqbTAwOt— NFL on CBS (@NFLonCBS) December 3, 2023
When asked about the celebration after the game, Johnson said that he was just playing football, and that he wasn’t going to give up just because the team was down.
I want to make it known that I’m not in any form or fashion condemning this behavior, but I do want to point out that neither did his coach Mike Tomlin today during his press conference. He gave a strange answer when asked about his thoughts on the subjectively poorly timed celebration.
Mike Tomlin was asked if he cares about Diontae Johnson celebrating down 14.— Austin Bechtold (@AustinRBechtold) December 4, 2023
He said he was unfamiliar with what @MarkKaboly was talking about and asked if Mark had an opinion.
Does Tomlin have an opinion on it?
“Not that I’d share with you guys”
So he does know about it…
His second response of “not that I’d share with you guys,” could imply that his feelings on the matter are not exactly positive. But all in all, it’s just a very strange answer.
So... Diontae Johnson won't help his team track down a fumble in a game that proved to be a narrow Steelers win last week, but he will celebrate after scoring a touchdown in garbage time while getting spanked against a bad team. Some questionable choices over the past two weeks. pic.twitter.com/pda1kbfzWj— Tommy Jaggi (@TommyJaggi) December 4, 2023
Don't know if dancing after a TD down 24-9 is the best look, Diontae Johnson.— Josh Carney (@ByJoshCarney) December 3, 2023
I get not wanting to throw your player under the bus for the second consecutive week, but not being familiar with what happened seemed like an easy out for Tomlin.