Martavis Bryant: ‘I Don’t Need Nobody To Believe In Me’

It is probably wise of wide receiver Martavis Bryant to generally steer clear of social media. Followers of his Twitter account will no doubt be aware that his posts are relatively infrequent if you compare them to many other plays who are far more engaged in the social media realm.

The embattled Bryant has recently applied for reinstatement after serving one year of an indefinite suspension. The requirement for application to be reinstated was that he serve the suspension for at least (roughly) a year. He wasted little time from the point of his eligibility to submitting his application for reinstatement.

I would not hesitate to guess that he knows better than anybody the long road that he still faces ahead of him. It’s not as though he is the first player to serve an indefinite suspension. But the success rate for those who return has been admittedly somewhat spotty.

He knows that he has quite a lot of detractors at this point, which was no doubt the fuel that drove his rare resurfacing on Twitter last evening. “I don’t need nobody to believe in me”, he wrote. “I know I believe in me”. He added that he also has his family and his agents behind him.

“I will show everyone and that’s on my kids!!”, he concluded in his first Tweet. Though it is somewhat ambiguous, I gather that he is referring to the fact that he wants to succeed for the sake of being able to provide for his children and to set an example for them.

A brief moment later, he Tweeted again, writing that “you can’t stop what God gave me the ability to do”. I don’t think there are many who would argue that Bryant brings to the table an impressive array of natural abilities that he has already put to good use on the NFL level.

The question has been whether or not he can remain on the field by following the league’s substance abuse policy. He has already missed 23 games—including this year’s playoffs—because of drug issues, and I hope that this is a fact that he is as aware of as anybody else.

Many believe that Bryant’s absence was felt from the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offense last season. The number of injuries that mounted at the wide receiver position certainly made it no easier to hide the shortcomings that became apparent with him out of the picture.

There are many already who have wiped their hands of him. Others look to him as the savior that will help take the Steelers to the next level. No doubt there was some migrations from the former group to the latter over the course of the past year.

It’s ultimately up to nobody but Bryant what his future holds. He seemed to be abundantly aware of that fact in an interview with Sports Illustrated last month. We should know by the end of March what his status is for the 2017 season, and then we’ll take it from there.

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  • michael young

    That’s fine that he feels that way at this point. He has let people down that trusted him, and he will need to win them back through his actions. I’m glad he is confident that he can turn it around. I really hope he does. He’s a tremendous talent, and from all accounts, seems like a nice kid. I’m personally rooting for him.

  • Douglas Andrews

    I believe in you Martavis!

  • erock634

    The word is ‘anybody’.

  • RickM

    I assume this may be in response to Art’s comment. But even if it’s not that, I don’t know why he seems to get so upset. He created his own situation so it’s natural people will be uncertain about him. He should stop worrying about what other people think and just do his job. He seems to almost be looking for compliments and assurance with these tweets…which he quickly got. That said, I haven’t washed my hands of him and I hope he has a successful career.

  • billrubr

    I’ll bring the popcorn.

  • george

    I agree. I hope he turns into the player we all thought he would be but it gets weary reading another article where Bryant inplies he doesn’t care what other people think. Nike-just do it!

  • WreckIess

    He has to stop letting fans and doubters get to him so much. People are going to hate and take their petty shots at him (which they’ve been doing since the day he got suspended), but at some point you have to realize that what they say doesn’t matter.

    Also, “that’s on my kids” pretty much means “I swear on my kids”. Similar to someone saying “I swear to God” or something along those lines.

  • Mr jack

    I cannot wait till he tears up the league this upcoming season !

  • Jason Vancil

    That’s a double negative Martavis.

  • Charles Mullins

    “Though it is somewhat ambiguous, I gather that he is referring to the fact that he wants to succeed for the sake of being able to provide for his children and to set an example for them.”
    Pretty sure he means he would give up his kids if he doesn’t. Sort of like I swear on my moms grave or I am super duper serious.

  • RickM

    Yes, and show the maturity to stop acting if he is somehow the ‘wronged’ party.

  • Disqussant

    Good for him. True independence is rare these days with all this connectivity ‘n nat.

  • Steeler-Drew

    If the “it’s me against the world” attitude is going to work for him Steeler fans will take it as long as he stays clean. Bryant shouldn’t take things so personally since it’s only natural for people to doubt him. He should also keep in mind Steeler fans have their doubts about Green and Coates just for different reasons.

  • Ralph Wagner

    He has been his own worst enemy. Lets hope he backs up his talk this time. Time will tell soon enough. When he has a good game the NFL will ask him to pee in a cup, just ask Boswell how that works LOL

  • Steel B

    Beat me to it. LOL

  • dennisdoubleday

    I wonder if his agent is fronting him money to get by this year. He was paid nothing. He did make a lot (by normal standards, not pro athlete standards) his first 2 years, assuming he didn’t spend too fast.

  • BBNCCU

    I agree with you 100%. But he will have prove himself both by his off the field behavior and his on the field performance. He has exceptional talent. I just want him to come back focused and with his head together. I am cheering for his success!

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    Exactly.

  • Simon Cutts

    Don’t tell me #10, show me.

  • Jollyrob68

    It’s simple Shut up,Stay off social media because it’s showing ygat you haven’t changed your thought process.
    Just stay silent.
    Steelers still need to draft and or sign a Wr plus CB. Don’t countil on Bryant or Golston.

  • mem359

    Just maybe… If he is doing this for other people (an anonymous mob), that is the wrong reason. If he is getting his act together for himself and his family, then he has a better chance of keeping his life on track, even if he doesn’t play another down in the NFL.

  • Boss

    I wish him the best but he needs to prove it on and off the field. The Steelers should definitely do their due diligence and have a backup plan. Bryant needs to realize his true potential and help lead this team to a championship next season.

  • VaDave

    You know, it’s pretty easy to go off the deep end emotionally with negative comments coming your way on social media. Sadly, kids are committing suicide over this stuff. I hope Martavis comes back and totally tears it up, and there is no reason other than himself that can keep him from it. That said, Martavis, disconnect your computer, and only use your cell phone for making phone calls.

  • William Weaver

    It is what it is and you have to live by it but I still can’t believe how stupid “we the people” are. Marijuana is a schedule 1 drug? Good grief. Kick a player out for a year for having it in his system? Throw someone in prison for decades if they are caught with enough of it? Drives me crazy that we have allowed this. George Washington grew it. The constitution is written on it. People are scared of it so they bash it while promoting alcohol which kills you in many ways in your physical and emotional state if it gets out of hand but pay no attention. Just keep letting idiots tell us what we can and cannot do in our own homes. I know, I know.. it is what it is and you have to live by it..

  • PaeperCup

    He doesn’t not need nobody to not unbelieve in him.

    You know its nice when your fans are able to believe in you. Do the right thing, that’s all we ask.

  • John Westbrook

    He needs to keep his mouth shut. Art could have cut him but didn’t, If you could be counted on then the Steelers wouldn’t have to keep drafting WR. You have to earn trust !!!!

  • It’s a tragic shame that today young men go to a respected universities–usually for three or four years–and can’t speak their native language using basic grammar at a third grade level.

  • Steel Realist PAul

    I’m sure it doesn’t feel good to read that stuff. However, Martavis made this bed with his previous actions.

    Saying he doesn’t need anybody is just plain silly. He’s let a lot of people down who were counting on him – in the business sense, his teammates, coaches and organization.

    If the Steelers lost faith in him he would be out on his butt. He does need others and his approach to life will show if they will still be around.

  • copanut

    ““you can’t stop what God gave me the ability to do”

    Hey Martavis, what God giveth, Goodell can taketh away. Surely by now you should have learned that gospel.

  • Ni mo

    He’s talking about playing ball , y’all kill me acting like nobody can change

  • Ni mo

    He didn’t say that he said he don’t need nobody to believe in him , he believes in him and that’s all that matters and he’s right

  • Ni mo

    What you mean he’s right he don’t need no one to believe in him , believe in yourself the hell what everyone thinks

  • Ni mo

    Stay off SM for what he has the right just like you do , your boss or wife not telling you to stay off SM are they ?

  • Ni mo

    No it’s not how ?

  • Ni mo

    No it was dumb fans trolling him

  • Ni mo

    And that’s what he said

  • Cwallace

    When the Arizona Cardinals had Fitzgerald, Breaston, and Boldin it was Anquan who would get under teams skin with his grit and was a problem for dbs. Martavis is (if he stays clean) Randy Moss potential . Speed, height, decent hands etcc…he gives dbs fits. The Denver divisional round game last year is a good case. I’m rooting for the kid to stay clean. I still think his absence made this offense defendable by some teams and the offensive stats took a hit

  • RickM

    Two negative elements in a sentence – “don’t” and “nobody”. ‘I didn’t see nothing’, ‘I don’t like nobody’…all are double negatives.

  • 6 ring circus

    School is not in session. We all know the thought he is trying to convey! You’ll be correct-o taping and whiting-out until your fingertips hurt if you want to play english teacher.

  • Ni mo

    He said I don’t need nobody to believe in me that’s not negative , he basically saying I belief in me and my family and that’s all that Matthews with is true

  • Ni mo

    You should read it again he never said I don’t like nobody

  • 6 ring circus

    I think his apparently thin skin will be a problem for him during his career. Things are not always going to go exactly the way you want them to, and people love to pile on…whether you are going up or going down.

  • RickM

    didn’t and don’t are both negatives. I’m not going to argue a definition and examples that you can be found in any grammar book or through a basic google search of the term “double negative”. If you choose not to accept the definition known throughout the world, that’s your business. It’s a double negative. Not going to argue the obvious any further.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Hines Ward used to play that same card and he carved out a great Steeler career. If you need to create a chip on your shoulder to keep you on the right path by all means do it bro!

  • Ni mo

    Facts

  • 6 ring circus

    It’s obvious he didn’t go there to get an education in english. He got his degree in football just like he planned. He’s going to make more money than you and I can count, if he doesn’t blow it. Don’t hate the players, hate the game…

  • Ni mo

    Not arguing at all I’m trying to see where he said didn’t and don’t that’s all I didn’t read that

  • 2020_Vision

    Yeah, I don’t think Art is that Stupid!!! He would have been signed as soon as he cleared waivers.

  • Ni mo

    Right to NE

  • 2020_Vision

    WRONG!!!! If the Steelers lost faith in him, He would be playing somewhere else…but still in the NFL!!!!!

  • copanut

    I think you should read my comment again. I’m talking about playing ball too. I said GOODELL can taketh away. Of course Martavis can change, but he’s delusional if he thinks nobody can keep him from playing in the NFL. The fact that he’s sat on his butt watching on TV for the past year should be enough evidence for him.

  • Ni mo

    Goodell is a clown when it comes to Pittsburgh he hold grudges , because theycwas the only team voted against him

  • Steel Realist PAul

    And when that team loses faith in him, then what? It’s silly to assume there will always be someplace that wants any player. Just ask Ray Rice.

  • Jason Vancil

    Ask your English Professor.

  • RickM

    I think you’re right about the ‘thin skin’ comment. He’s got a tough challenge ahead that I hope he succeeds with. It would help him if he realizes that the vast majority of people want him to succeed. Ignore the rest.

  • mem359

    Now read all the people posting that it is more important that MB needs to work on other people’s beliefs.

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    I don’t understand the social media obsession myself but what do I know?, I don’t even have a cell phone and it doesn’t bother me at all.

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    I think you’re right. The only time I hear about him is when he lashes out at the naysayers.

  • Ni mo

    Don’t have one , not in school

  • Ni mo

    He just needs to focus and play ball forget what people think everybody is not for u

  • Rocksolid20

    What you are speaks so load , people can’t hear what you say .

  • Jamie P

    So he’s saying that he does need somebody to believe in him?

  • Jamie P

    The constitution is parchment, fwiw. Agree about the weed though.

  • ryan72384

    I hope he continues to use the me against the world mentality and comes back next year better than ever. If he returns we basically have 2 number 1 recievers, solid slot guys with Eli and Ayers and a wildcard in Sammi Coates

  • walter

    Ni mo geez did you fail English? Its a type of street talk for Bryant but its not proper English. I think i learned about double negatives in elementary school.

  • walter

    Proper English would be I don’t need anybody.

  • Joeybaggadonuts

    A big DITTO! I hope his is a talent that is realized and not wasted. It is a God given gift.

  • walter

    Yea lol its just common everyday language for Bryant.

  • woodsworld58

    Come back, and use your gift. Yesterday is gone, and tomorrow is a new day.

  • William Weaver

    You are right about parchment. My bad

  • Steve Johnson

    Entirely too many distractions with this team. A.B, Joey Porter, Martavis Bryant and LeVeon Bell. Maybe, just maybe if they would focus on doing what is needed to beat the one team in the AFC whom they have proven they can’t beat, maybe they would be playing their last game Sunday. They Talk Too Damm Much! And now Bryant, what an arrogant A$$! Out of all of them, he doesn’t not need to be running his mouth. What an odiot!

  • popsiclesticks

    Just don’t smoke weed. Don’t smoke weed and he can Twitter whatever he wants, print it on t-shirts, yell it in media interviews, etc etc and it won’t matter.

  • Zarbor

    Can’t believe the number of comments on this non-story. Yup, what we get for not making the superbowl. Geesh.

  • John Volpe

    If he wants to take care of his children by working in the NFL he knows what he must do. No matter anyones feelings on marijuana it is illegal in the NFL right now so he must follow the rules. It is my hope this talented young man will crush it and help the Steelers over the top next season. And listen the first time he hauls in a 60 yard TD pass all will be forgiven. Good luck Martavis I hope your straight now.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    thats fine bryant. we don’t. not yet. anyways.