Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster has announced that he won't be dancing anymore on opponents' logos during pregame warm-ups for TikTok videos. Smith-Schuster has been dancing on his opponents' logo all season long, as well as on his own during home games, but now he is done with that since his TokTok videos started to become a distraction for the team.
"For the betterment of myself and my teammates, I'm going to stop dancing on the logos," Smith-Schuster said, per ESPN. "For me, honestly, I was dancing when we were undefeated. I was dancing when we lost our three games.
I'm not going to change the person who I am. "I think it's getting to the point where my teammates are being asked this question. Our coach is being asked this question."
Smith-Schuster didn't want to be a distraction
Prior to the Cincinnati Bengals game, Bengals safety Vonn Bell said dancing on opponents' logo was disrespectful and added the Bengals defense had to "hit him and let him know where he stand."
Bell delivered a crushing hit on Smith-Schuster during the game and it led to a fumble recovery by the Bengals. The Steelers ended up losing the game 27-17 and now have won lost three games in a row. "Honestly, I don't want to be a distraction to anybody," Smith-Schuster claimed.
".. If it's getting to the point where you're asking my teammates and coaches, there's no point. Ideally, I'd probably just do everything in-house." After the game, Smith-Schuster drew the most criticism and coach Mike Tomlin said he would talk with his wide receiver.
"I think we've got to leave it alone," Steelers defensive captain Cam Heyward said. "I think people will talk to him, so be it. We're only talking about it because we're losing. We're giving it headlines because we're losing.
"I'd rather you'd dance over the Super Bowl logo when we're done. We don't need to focus on anything else. JuJu is a heck of a talent and we're very glad to have him. He provides a leadership for that young group at such a young age.
So be it. We're in 2020, if you can't dance over a logo? What are we talking about? Man, people can't even go outside right now. We are very appreciative of everybody's talents. Let's get focused on football, let's get back to winning." This Sunday, the Steelers will be hoping to end their three-game losing streak when they host the Indianapolis Colts.