Smith-Schuster has engaged in the ritual for some time now, but recently had a change of heart.
JuJu says he's going to stop dancing on logos for the betterment of the team.
"For me, I was dancing when we were undefeated, I was dancing when we lost our three games. I'm not going to change who I am. ...I saw it more as not disrespect, but it's for my fans on social media"
— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) December 23, 2020
Smith-Schuster said he didn’t mean to disrespect other teams with his dancing. He merely saw it as a fun thing for his fans to enjoy on social media.
JuJu Smith-Schuster’s dancing drew ire from opponents
The Steelers’ opponents didn’t see it that way. Prior to Monday’s game, Cincinnati Bengals safety Vonn Bell called out Smith-Schuster, calling his dance routine “disrespectful.” Bell said he planned to hit Smith-Schuster “and let him know where he stands” during the contest, and then followed through on that threat. Bell delivered a clean and monstrous hit on Smith-Schuster early in Monday’s game, causing Smith-Schuster to fumble. The Bengals recovered that fumble, and the play had a major role in the Bengals’ 27-17 upset over the Steelers.
With the loss, the Steelers dropped to 11-3 on the year. After winning their first 11 games, the Steelers have lost three straight.
Following the game, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said he would talk to Smith-Schuster about his dancing. If Smith-Schuster’s comments Wednesday are any indication, Tomlin’s message got through to the wide receiver.
When the Steelers go to Cleveland in Week 17, don’t expect Smith-Schuster to dance on the Browns’ logo.
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