A week after Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant shot down a report that he wanted a trade, the 25-year-old belittled teammate JuJu Smith-Schuster following Sunday’s win over the Cincinnati Bengals and called in sick to work Monday. In a since-deleted comment on an Instagram post about his fantasy football value for the remainder of the season, Bryant responded to someone who said Smith-Schuster is better than him.
“Juju is no where near better than me fool all they need to do is give me what I want and y’all can have juju and who ever else,” Bryant wrote.
Perhaps sensing that that comment wouldn’t go over well with his rookie teammate, Bryant deleted it and posted the following comment: “@juju is the future and got great talent and is going to be one of the best to play the game I want him to get his I just want mines period point blank ain’t nobody did nothing to get me back I worked my [butt] off to get myself back with no help and little support period in due time the process will show.”
Bryant, who was suspended all of last season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, has 18 catches for 234 yards this season. His only touchdown came in Week 1, and he had only one catch for three yards on two targets in Sunday’s game. Smith-Schuster, the Steelers’ second-round pick in this year’s draft, caught his third touchdown of the season Sunday and has 17 catches for 231 yards through seven weeks.
ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler cited a source close to Bryant who said the wide receiver “wants out” of Pittsburgh “point blank.” Bryant didn’t report to players’ mandatory meetings Monday, and his agent told NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport that he was at the doctor’s office. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ed Bouchette reports that Pittsburgh has no plans of trading Bryant before the NFL’s Oct. 31 trading deadline, and the team is not expected to discipline him for his social media faux pas.
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