2017 South Side Questions: Agree With Bryant’s Discipline?

The journey toward the Super Bowl is now well under way with the Pittsburgh Steelers back practicing at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex, still informally referred to as the ‘South Side’ facility. With the regular season standing in their way on the path to a Lombardi, there will be questions for them to answer along the way.

We have asked and answered a lot of questions during the preseason and through training camp, but much of the answer-seeking ends in the regular season, and teams simply have to make do with what they have available to them. Still, there will always be questions for us.

You can rest assured that we have the questions, and we will be monitoring the developments in the regular season and beyond as they develop, looking for the answers as we evaluate the makeup of the Steelers on their way back to the Super Bowl, after reaching the AFC Championship game last season for the first time in more than half a decade.

Question: Do you agree with Head Coach Mike Tomlin’s decision to bench Martavis Bryant for the Lions game?

I asked yesterday what you thought the discipline would be for wide receiver Martavis Bryant following his remarks on social media that have caused some unnecessary drama surrounding the team over the course of the past couple of weeks.

I said at the time that I didn’t have enough information to determine what course of action would be fair to take, beyond suspending Bryant’s social media rights for a while. I don’t follow many players’ social media, so I don’t know if he’s going to go dark, but he did say that Tomlin told him he won’t play because of “social media”.

Even though I don’t know the full details of everything involved, as I said yesterday, I find that I can’t disagree with Tomlin’s decision. Ultimately, he took a sincere shot a teammate in a public forum and insulted a fan while lashing out, implying that he wants to be traded.

He regretted the comments enough to delete them, but it was just the catalyst for all the dialogue that has taken place since then, which he said he did not regret. He will now have a couple of weeks to think over his situation and how he will take on the second half of the season.

Players have responded well in the past to Tomlin’s benching, so that is at least a good sign, even though there is no clear correlation. Even if JuJu Smith-Schuster were unable to clear the concussion protocol this week, I don’t think that would, or should, change the decision to sit him.

The situation surrounding Bryant is obviously bigger than any one game—or at least any one regular season game. And it’s good timing with the bye week coming after. The coaching staff can at least talk about how to give Bryant more opportunities to succeed and help the team out in the meantime.

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  • Rod Hedrick

    I felt he didn’t even try to make one of the catches last week and he has had several drops… He should be trying to prove something this year. Sit him all year and prove a point.

  • michael young

    I agree with the discipline and I also agree with what you guys said on the Podcast. It really appears that he is fine at the facility, but when he gets home he has the wrong people in his ear. Fact is, he is under contract for the next 1-1/2 years and his only way to get a decent contract is to be a good citizen and produce. If he wants to be more involved, he needs to respectfully have those conversations behind closed doors. This team could certainly benefit from him getting back to the player and production of 2015. That player was explosive and productive.

  • Nolrog

    I wouldn’t sit him all year, but I agree that it doesn’t look like he’s playing hard and going all out.

  • Nolrog

    IMO, the “social media” comment is a red herring. He’s being benched because of his attitude, throwing his team mate under the bus and not playing hard.

    I think sitting him a game will send him a very strong message.

  • Guillermo Garcia-Gomez

    The weird part in this whole thing is that he does seem to be playing hard. I never remember seeing him blocking, but have noticed a big block in each of the past two games.

  • Superdriller316

    The Steelers have doctors. Why didn’t MB go to one of them? Don’t buy the “called in sick”

    He wouldn’t have been inactive. He would have been suspended. You can’t let the inmates run the asylum. This isn’t the BUNGALS.

  • Dorian James

    You sit him all year and you will have zero trade value for him come the offseason. He has to play and he has to be better so you can get his trade value up.

  • Dorian James

    Here’s a question for those of you that will disagree with the coach’s decision. What would be the alternative punishment?? If any at all

  • Steve Johnson

    I agree, he was clearly embarrassed by his actions after the fact. The kid needs to grow up, hire a new agent and probably use better judgement who he dates. Three kids, different mothers, probably broke as well. SMH. Sad, so much talent, a gift from God, yet head full of rocks.

  • grw1960

    Another dumb move by Bryant. He should have kept quiet.
    Now the Lyons know he won’t be playing and can game plan differently

  • Steeler Miller

    He has 18 catches all year. I don’t think they will spend too much time having to adjust anything in the next few days.

  • MDSteelerfan

    100% agree with Coach T. And maybe, just maybe, someone will help educate him…

    In order to GET traded, some team has to WANT YOU! There’s enough under-producing locker room cancers in the league already.

  • Steeler Miller

    I trust Tomlins decision on this. As much as I question Tomlin with things such as clock management or game prep/adjustments, he has a good handle on all the drama with this club. We have had issues each and every week, and most clubs would have caved in due to the pressure. Tomlin seems to be able to toe the dangerous line of drama and distractions with this team and somehow stay successful. If this is what it takes to kill this weeks drama, such is life in the NFL. Don’t forget, the standard is the standard!

  • Generic Steelers Fan

    Steelers Nation got some blood, of course every blood hungry knee-jerky fan agrees with it.

    Any move that sheds blood is cool by most.

  • Gizmosteel

    Mahatma Ghandi? Or are you just being a contrarian for the sake of stirring the pot?

    What would you have done differently?

  • francesco

    Yes there are fans that want to punish MB because they need to justify Ben’s diminishing QB play.

  • francesco

    But can it be that Tomlin is not all that innocent in all this? In that he allows these selfish outbursts to flourish so as to create jealousy? I mean what better way to kindle competitive fire within the group.

  • francesco

    What exactly did MB say about JuJu that has everyone up in arms?

  • francesco

    Tomlin should have just told MB that you will field punts going forward so that you can be more involved in the game. That’s it that’s all.

  • Ralph Wagner

    Bryant’s being benched is a needed punishment . He is lucky he didn’t get fined or worse yet, suspended. Hey Bryant, wake up call. I’m sure Bryant and Tomlin had a father, son talk. LOL

    Go Steelers

  • francesco

    No need to punish just to make yourself look like a disciplinary.
    How about just making a promise of whatever nature and move on forward.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Tomlinn doing what he has to do. Hope they keep Martavis on the roster and he breaks out of the funk and ends up the Steelers Super Bowl MVP.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    I don’t any other way….

  • NinjaMountie

    Yup, you bench a guy that acts like that. It wasn’t that he made a mistake. It’s that he did it with malicious intent.
    A different example is AB live chat from the locker room last year. Stupid? Heck yeah! Done with any intent to hurt in or insult anyone be it player or organization? Not in the least. AB used poor judgement.
    Here we have MB insulting a teammate and hurting the organization. Yes, he deserves to sit. One game sounds fair.

  • Bruce

    I don’t have a problem with the discipline, It may be a little harsh if what Tomlin says about Bryant is true but he can’t be calling out another teammate like he did.

  • NinjaMountie

    Could have made him write “I will not make the team or my teammates look bad on social media” 1000 times on the whiteboards. Maybe that would work. Childish punishment for childish behavior? 🙂

  • Dorian James

    LMAO, that was well put. He is by far the most childish athlete I can remember

  • Dorian James

    I highly doubt Tomlin did this for Optics.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    I like that idea, but I’d be worried about Bryant’s hands.

  • RyanW

    I agree with the benching and making him work with the scout team. Excellent decision by Tomlin. Shows everybody that no one is bigger than the team.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Not a white board. They are actually a joy to write on. It has to be a chalkboard. Chalk is the most disgusting writing tool ever created.

  • NinjaMountie

    Very true!!! Excellent point!

  • AndyR34

    Last thing we need is a ‘hands of stone’ fielding punts!!! For you other old-timers, I couldn’t figure out how to get Dr. Strangeglove in there! LOL!

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Lol! I wouldn’t call him hands of stone, but wouldn’t lie: I’d be very uneasy everytime he fields a punt.

  • Larry Kraus

    I almost agree with you. I think they should give him a chance to move past this and become a member of the TEAM. If he still acts like a 3 year old tell him that we are going to carry you on the 53 man roster till the end of the 2018 season but you are not welcome at any team activities. Let him stew till then and see if he can stay out of jail let alone in football shape. I can only believe his girlfriend is feeding him really bad info. What I hear when he talks like he has is this. I’m the greatest receiver ever. Jerry rice can’t even carry my jockstrap. He missed 20 of the 32 games his first two years. GROW UP BRYANT YOUR NOT IN SCHOOL ANYMORE.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I disagree with the suspension because as a team they either succeed together or fail together and they should be all suspended together…then I will drink the blood of all and my satisfaction will be completed in its entirety.

  • Dakoda Baxley

    He basically said ‘Juju is no way better than him. Just give him what he wants and he’ll prove it’

  • Code Warrior

    I love Coach T’s call to sit Martavis. Do you think the Pats/Belichick would stand for any of that nonsense for a second? Uh… no.

  • NinjaMountie

    He’s had more opportunities to show it than JuJu. Why isn’t it working?

  • Tierra Jeannette

    No the Pats hire a man who walks off from the team during a game!!! Oh and they cheat! so that’s what you get with Billicheat!

  • francesco

    I don’t see what he said so offensive. If you believe in yourself and your abilities it’s an appropriate answer.

  • francesco

    I watched again the first half of the game againt the Bengals. MB was on the field half the amount of times as JuJu.

  • francesco

    Oh please! Tomlin has us all fooled.

  • francesco

    Where did you see that he’s not playing hard?

  • Darth Blount 47

    Can someone please explain something to me…….

    How is this narrative continuing to be propagated that Bryant “took a sincere shot” or “trashed” JuJu with his Insta comments? Are people really so emotionally charged about Martavis Bryant, that they can’t understand what words mean and clearly see the definition of what “taking a shot or trashing” even looks like?!

    Let’s go back so that we have complete and precise wording here. Because not only did Bryant say more effusive words about JuJu that should provide a bit of context, but I’m curious as to who in their right minds believe that maybe what Bryant said was false.

    Bryant said when a fan goaded him, that: “juju is nowhere near better than me fool all they need to do is give me what i want and y’all can have Juju or who ever else.”

    So let’s look at that for a moment. He simply claimed that JuJu is NOT better than him. Okay. What was Bryant only allowed to say? That JuJu IS better than him? That JuJu is the SAME as him? I mean, c’mon, it is in NO WAY out of bounds to say about another co-worker that he isn’t better than you at his job when you both occupy the exact same roles. That happens every single day in factories and offices and locker rooms around the globe. And to be clear…. it ISN’T “taking a shot or trashing” the other person, but a way to speak a truth as you see it and elevate yourself. And anyone who thinks otherwise is borderline insane. Also, it just so happens that Martavis is speaking truthfully, in that as we sit here today, JuJu is NOT better than Bryant at playing WR in the NFL, when all factors are considered.

    What else was Bryant saying at the end there? Clearly not a “shot” at JuJu, but simply saying that it won’t matter to him who takes his role if and when he is gone, be that JuJu or whoever else. Again, how is that being twisted as a dagger by Martavis???

    Bryant goes on to then speak very highly of JuJu. Which, I’m pretty sure that people are selectively ignoring. He said: “JuJu is the future and got great talent and is going to be one of the best to play this game. I want him to get his, I just want mines, period-point blank…”

    Context and background is always important, and JuJu himself provided it as a glimpse into the inter-personal relationship between he and Bryant. Instead of these two being enemies, they are in fact quite the opposite as friends. JuJu stated that clearly. JuJu went on to say that he understand Bryant’s frustration over his role and lack of production.

    Unless I missed something, I am absolutely perplexed by how people are letting the media spin this in such a way, that the very words that someone uses aren’t enough to be what should be properly analyzed. I feel like people are losing their minds anymore. Feelings and emotion have overtaken logic and reasoning. We are in the Age of Kant and no longer the Age of Aristotle.

  • Matthew Marczi

    Not when you’re lashing out at a random fan. And you never say you’re better than somebody else on your team. That’s just ridiculous.

  • Matthew Marczi

    Except for you.

  • Matthew Marczi

    And make him clean the whiteboards for a month.

  • Matthew Marczi

    I really don’t think there’s anything wrong with a head coach expecting that the adults that he coaches will behave like adults until proven otherwise. I hate the idea of a team policing people’s social media presence unless it becomes a serious issue.

  • Matthew Marczi

    If you say that somebody is nowhere near you, you’re saying they’re much worse than you. That’s trashing, when you’re talking about somebody who’s supposed to be a brother, directed at a fan. I really don’t think there’s any dispute that his comment came from a very negative place. JuJu taking the high road just shows his maturity at a young age. Bryant’s second comment was obviously just trying to save face.

  • Darth Blount 47

    You and others are putting your own spin on the words, and not simply taking the words for what they are. You are reading into them how YOU want to, which is perfectly acceptable, completely, but you can’t say that you know for certain the intent. Just like I can’t. But being a defense attorney and a prosecutor are two very different jobs and burdens for a reason.

    Can we be real honest here? JuJu Smith-Schuster is a rookie who has played in 7 career NFL games, “starting” 1 according to PFF. He’s scored 3 TD’s. Bryant has scored 16 total TD’s in only 12 “starts” (28 games) over the course of what is now 4 seasons, 1 obviously being wiped out due to suspension.

    The fan was goading Bryant by claiming that JuJu was better than him. It’s funny, because if you look, the “fan” in question has the handle of “Team Votto.” And this was a game against Cincinnati. Has no one deduced that this goading was coming from a Bengals fan?! So it is not as if Martavis was even likely responding to some Steeler fan, as EVERYONE has surmised. In fact, to back that up, if you look, another fan, presumably a Steeler fan, responded instantly calling the “Team Votto and his “JuJu’s better” comment with a “you’re dumb.” Standing up for Bryant.

    Point is, for the very moment it happened, this thing was not taken for what it was, but for what everyone assumed that they knew or wanted it to be. And hysteria ensued and people bought in. Bryant realized this was happening, and so he complimented JuJu profusely, because he and JuJu ARE FRIENDS.

    Honestly, I feel like I’m in the Twilight Zone with how this has all been handled.

  • Matthew Marczi

    Let’s be honest; you’re putting your own spin on his words too. Bryant has a history of saying negative things, well before this year. It’s a pattern of behavior, and I think the more reasonable conclusion is that he was so insulted and frustrated by the random comment that JJSS is better that he blew up and said screw that, he’s nothing close to me.

    But, again, you don’t do that to a teammate. You don’t say it to some guy on the internet. It doesn’t matter who the guy was at all. He’s responsible for his own behavior, and he said he’s better than his teammate out of anger. You don’t say you’re better than your teammate, and you don’t say things out of anger. Look at what Roethlisberger got himself into with his “maybe I don’t have it anymore” comment.

    You’re acting like this is the only thing he’s done. Like I said before, this is a long pattern of this sort of behavior, probably going back at least to his college days. He’s not an emotionally strong person; if he were, he wouldn’t be reading and responding to these comments on social media in the first place.

    I’m sorry, but I feel like I’m the one in another dimension here reading your last comment. They may be friends–likely friends by necessity, or at best friends with one of them clearly resenting the success of the other–but the second comment that he made was 100% an overcorrection for his first comment, because he realized he screwed up badly in saying what he did. He didn’t say it because he loves his teammate. He said it because he needed to make it look better, period.

    Tomlin is benching him because of what he said and what he has done. You seem to be the only person who has this non-contextual interpretation of what he said.

    Do you still think “all they need to do is give me what I want” actually means something other than “I want to be traded”, after he said multiple times over the past few days basically that he indeed wants to be traded?

  • Darth Blount 47

    See, you’ve made an emotional judgement based upon his past, and let that influence what you believe he was trying to say, instead of taking his words for EXACTLY what they did say. That is what a prosecutor does, trying to find intent and motive.

    “Bryant has a history of saying negative things.” Really, who doesn’t? When taken as snapshots outside of the whole. I go off of Ben’s words when he praises Martavis for being a good teammate and Coach Tomlin who said the same thing.

    Of course he was insulted and frustrated, he got two targets and 1 catch for 3 yards after the media reported he was going to be “heavily involved” in the offense. And some Cincy fan wants to question his worth on Instagram and attempt to exult a rookie over him. Did the coaching staff ALSO tell Bryant he would be heavily involved and then basically lie to him? It’s possible. That would piss me off. Because whether fans like it or not, when GM’s look at your resume, they likely tend to look at your stats, and not just whether you were on a winning team or not. Brutal business but it’s true.

    I agree social media is a place to tread more carefully in 2017, for sure. But it doesn’t make what he said simply more egregious because that’s the forum he chose, nor does it make what he said any less correct. It also takes a parsing of someone’s words to claim that because he used an enhancer such as “nowhere near,” that makes it profoundly worse than him just stating that he doesn’t believe JuJu is yet, as a rookie through 7 games, a better player than he is.

    Launching your own personal attack such as “He’s not an emotionally strong person,” is complete and total supposition.

    Then you apparently choose to not take JuJu’s words as gospel truth, when he claims that he and Bryant are friends. And as others have done, including Alex, you decide that because he wanted to let it be known just how much he does value JuJu and what he thinks about his friend’s potential in the league in the future, that is a reason to then ignore the content, and once again bash him for perceived motive. Be damn what he actually said, only pay attention to what YOU believe he was trying to do.

    Tomlin benching Martavis for “social media” and choosing to not discipline Brown for “social media” is hypocrisy, plain and simple, period.

    Lastly, you also choose to ignore Bryant’s other words when he expounded upon just how he feels about the situation in Pittsburgh, so of course it is easy to try to once again use a stick with his “all they need to do is give me what I want,” comment. For if you take the rest of his comments in totality WITH that line, one absolutely could deduce that he wants the ball, to gain productive numbers, to help his team win, since he stated that he’d ideally like to stay here. His exact words tell it better than I…

    “I just want to be happy, whether it’s here or it’s somewhere else. I just want to help contribute. I just want to be the best player that I can be on and off the field…and I want to be given the chance to be that. If it ain’t here then, so be it, then it’ll be somewhere else. But, I would like for it to be here, but if not, then oh well. Just got to move on.”

    “I feel like it’s going to come down to whether we make changes or not, whether they try to include me more or not. If they don’t try to include me more and continue to do the same thing, then I want out period. I love my team. I love my brothers. I love being here. I love the city, but I have a family and everything going on now is about taking care of my family.”

    So yeah, when you exclude the totality, it becomes harder to deduce exactly what he wants.

  • kjacksonpgh

    I don’t believe what Bryant said on social media against JuJu is what got him suspended as much as it was him expressing his displeasure of his involvement in the offense. He wants the same level of involvement if not more than he had prior to being suspended. He wants number 2 wide receiver targets and not to be in a rotation with JuJu. He trained hard this off season to become a better weapon for his team and he is not seeing the fruits of his labor.

    Bryant can be a great receiver but not on the same team as one of the greatest today in AB. The problem that he has is that he missed and entire season in which he knew what would happen on another failed drug test. He let his team mates down along with the organization. They could have cut him and parted ways with him and this is how you show your gratitude by by acting this way?

    I don’t believe that Haley is using him in the offense that gets the most out of him. I also believe when you have so many weapons it is difficult please everyone. Haley seems to at times to forget about some of his weapons on offense. He also forgets we have other talent at the RB position so instead of running the wheels off of Bell early in the season why not get Conner some reps in case Bell has to miss time.
    You don’t see Conner pitching a fit and I am certain he wants to be on the field.

    As a veteran that has not accomplished much on a team full of talent at his position, not to mention they control him through 2018 I believe he could have voiced his concerns in house and gotten a far better response than doing interviews and social media about your unhappiness. He also has to understand that while I don’t agree AB can say things and not face as much harsh criticism but again he has proven himself to be more valuable for more years than MB.

  • Conserv_58

    I take Martavis’ comments at face value, as did Ramon Foster, Ben and coach Tomlin when they expressed their frustration and disappointment with not only what he said, but with how he said it. To a man, they expressed not liking to have been put in a position to have opine on Martavis’ comments. For me, I don’t need to try to psychoanalyze his meaning or intent because his history with the team shows that his words ring hollow. Failing his first drug test and then telling the media that he was sorry and that all he could do is to work hard to get better and to move on from it turned out to be a lie. He chose to partake in smoking pot again and failed another drug test. This time it cost him a year away from the game.

    I don’t know about you, but if I endured what he did and was given full reinstatement to continue an NFL career, with the team that drafted me, I would be one very humble and appreciative employee and the last thing I would want to do is to create negative controversy and turmoil via social media by whining and complaining about my job. As I’ve said a couple of times already, Martavis is obviously immature and emotionally unevolved.

  • Conserv_58

    There is absolutely nothing harsh about it. IMO, Martavis is lucky that’s all he got.

  • Conserv_58

    What?! FYI, fans don’t need to justify anything, especially your unwarranted drivel regarding Ben’s play.

  • Conserv_58

    The hater speaks.

  • Conserv_58

    No. Not at all. You’ve got an overactive imagination.

  • Conserv_58

    LMAO! Martavis made a promise not to smoke weed anymore after he failed his first drug test. What about he earned his punishment don’t you understand?

  • Conserv_58

    On the contrary, you’re the only one that’s being fooled.

  • Conserv_58

    You don’t see the common sense or logic in anything. Martavis’ initial mistake was to react negatively to what someone some fan on Twitter said about JuJu being better than he is. He further added insult to injury by bring up the name of a fellow teammate in his retort.

  • Conserv_58

    So what?

  • Darth Blount 47

    You said: “To a man, they expressed not liking to have been put in a position to have opine on Martavis’ comments.” Well, that is the job of the Head Coach. And the ONLY reason anyone else has to, is because someone sticks a camera in their faces. They could simply always say: “No comment,” and then move on. Boom! Problem for them solved. As far as Tomlin, he’s likely very honest when he says that dealing with answering questions about these kinds of things is tiresome. However, I bet he felt the exact same way about Antonio Brown and the live-streaming AND chucking Gatorade coolers, the Big Ben retirement talk, the Anthem protests and Villaneuva, Bell and his rap songs and contract dispute, and the “Why isn’t Deebo playing” questions. Etc.. etc.. People need to not act like this is the ONLY “distraction” that has cropped up this year for Tomlin to have to opine about. And if you did read what he said at the last interview, he said he “embraces the negative challenges that come with being a Head Coach in the NFL.” He “doesn’t run away from them.” So I don’t sit here and boo-hoo that people have to answer questions posed to them like that is a day-ruiner or going to be the end of us winning football games.

    I have zero issues with what Martavis said. I only have a bit of an issue indeed with HOW he said it, only because I think he should have said those exact words to everyone before he ever came and lashed out on social media. If he had voiced, explicitly, those exact same sentiments to every person who needed to hear it, THEN after receiving 1 catch for 3 yards on 2 targets, 5 over two weeks, after being told he’d be a focal point of the Offense, THEN he could have taken to doing it publicly and I’d have no qualms whatsoever.

    He was being goaded by a Benglas fan, NOT a Steelers fan. “At Team Votto” Should he have ultimately taken the high road? Sure. But do I think what he said was egregious? No. Exactly like Ed Bouchette said. These are grown men, not children. And we’re talking about million of dollars within the profession. This isn’t tinker-toy stuff. GM’s ultimately pay attention to yards, catches, and TD’s, whether fans like to admit that or not. So his future viability is ABSOLUTELY affected by being phased out of the Offense. Or “phased down considerably.” Regardless why it happens, if at the end of the year he has 25 catches for 450 yards and 2 TD’s, even our own GM will look at that and turn his nose up. Because you can find guys off the street who can give you that level of production. Heck, I bet YOU could get that level of production.

    Saying you aren’t going to psychoanalyze and then immediately proclaiming that his words have rung “hollow,” is exactly psychoanalyzing. Lol. Calling someone “immature and emotionally unevolved” is once again putting on your Freud cap.

    For me personally, failing a “drug” test that should never be in place in the first place, doesn’t cause me the same level of disgust that it does for others. So I don’t automatically look in the microscope with a negative viewpoint, like many others do. I break stupid rules all the time. I bet you do too. So when someone says the name: “Martavis Bryant” my initial reaction isn’t to view him as an enemy, an outsider, a malcontent, a deviant. Many others, can’t say the same thing.

  • Matthew Marczi

    I’m afraid I disagree with the vast majority of what you say, and at this point each of us is simply accusing the other of arguing from flawed premises. You say that I’m injecting emotion into Bryant’s response—which there was, clearly—and I see you as injecting your own emotion in believing the best in his comments.
    Bryant himself said that his comments were made directly out of frustration, so the emotional factor is indisputably there.
    Bryant’s history of saying negative things is unlike most any other player I can think of. Please feel free to name others. Roethlisberger doesn’t even use social media, so he doesn’t see what Bryant says about his teammates when he’s on his own.
    What he said is undeniably not being a good teammate. You never say you’re better than your teammate. Find me an example of some reasonable player saying outright that he specifically is better than somebody else on his team.
    Why would you assume that Bryant was told he would be more involved? It seems that’s something you would like to believe. There’s no evidence at all that suggests he was misled about what his role would be on Sunday. And even if he were told he would get more passes, any fool should know that can’t be guaranteed.
    Having said it on social media to a random person is indeed worse than having said it privately to a teammate. And frankly, he is not better than JuJu Smith-Schuster. Nothing he has done this season supports the argument that he is. At all.
    If you can’t see that Bryant’s second comment was purely motivated to save face for what he said previously, then I don’t know what to tell you. It’s textbook practice when trying to take your foot out of your mouth. It doesn’t even matter whether or how much he meant it. He only said it because he had to.
    Brown is a star player who was heading into a key playoff game. Bryant is an extremely troubled—literally and mentally—person who is being seated for one game in the middle of the season against the Lions. Bryant insulted teammates and said he wanted to be traded. Brown took a video. Just because the words “social media” can be applied to both instances don’t make them parallels of one another. Both content and context matter.
    You just cherry-picked Bryant’s quotes and left out the ones talking about him wanting to be traded. I wonder if you just don’t see your own bias.

  • Darth Blount 47

    You are kidding me, right?

    You literally wrote an article 5 days ago entitled: “Martavis Bryant Totals Just 5 Yards Following Pregame Reports Of Bigger Role.” Now you are willing to sit there and ask me where I got that he was supposed to see an increased role and have the gall to actually say: “Why would you assume that Bryant was told he would be more involved? It seems that’s something you would like to believe.” HAHAHAHA. That’s the great thing about the internet and this site, your articles are up there for eternity. So now I’m sorry, but I see you are willing to go so far to prove any point that you’re willing to be either disingenuous or feign senility.

    That’s also the great thing about agreement. It is ALWAYS there and available. Like in this case, we can simply agree… to disagree.

    I was about to tackle your other contentions, but I’ll pass. As you know, I enjoy your articles, perspectives, and opinions. Even if I don’t always agree. Which, is healthy, because very few people in this life need or deserve “fanboys.” Instead, you take the bad with the good, so that way you are able to actually decipher what is the good and what is the bad. Yin and Yang. Light and Dark. Chocolate and Vanilla. Truth and horsesh**.