Pittsburgh Steeler’s broad receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster got fire from his former teammate Alejandro Villanueva last week.
During Villanueva’s first press conference with the Baltimore Ravens, it was mentioned on the offensive that the recipient was focusing on his TikTok videos.
“I’m assuming that the receivers won’t have that much fun because they don’t get all of the catches,” said Villanueva, referring to run blocking over pass blocking. “They do the tik tokens and they have fun.” on their social media. “
Smith-Schuster has since responded, asking about it on Monday on the NFL Network.
“I will never change for anyone,” said Smith Schuster. “It’s who I am. I’m authentic. At the end of the day, when I do the TikToks and put things on the field – I make catches, I score touchdowns, I’m doing my job – you can’t hate me. I just win and have fun. “
Smith-Schuster’s videos came under fire last year. Called out by multiple players last season, the fifth-year veteran decided to quit his TikTok logo dances after losing to the Cincinnati Bengals.
Smith-Schuster also spoke about the change in atmosphere since joining the Steelers.
“At one point in my life I was part of a team where I was with a lot of old people,” he said with a smile. “Now I’m part of a team that has a lot of young people.”
32-year-old Villanueva is sure to face the transition from old to young.
Noah Strackbein is a publisher at AllSteelers. Follow Noah on Twitter @NoahStrack and AllSteelers @si_steelers.