Steelers Locker Room Not Distracted By Martavis Bryant Rumors

It’s been a drama-infested couple of weeks for the Pittsburgh Steelers. AB vs the Water Cooler. Ben Roethlisberger vs Father Time. And last night, Martavis Bryant vs Ian Rapoport, the latter who reported Bryant wanted the heck out of the city.

The national media will surely point to this as another distraction and point of divisiveness in the locker room. But from the sounds of it, teammates are taking the news in stride. In fact, they’re playing along.

“I thought he was talking about getting traded to the (Cleveland) Cavs,” said Ramon Foster via the Steelers’ website. “I thought he wanted to switch sports. I thought he was talking about basketball.”

Maurkice Pouncey reportedly chimed in and joked the Steelers were going to trade Bryant for Mike Pouncey.

Even Bryant piled on, saying he wanted to go play for the Golden State Warriors.

And that seemed to be the general feeling from the Steelers’ locker room. So even if the report is true, which is still possible, it has no effect on the locker room. The rumored demand happened “weeks ago,” per ESPN’s follow-up, meaning the team has won at least one game, and probably two (Baltimore) since.

Winning certainly cures all and helps smooth over any of the drama and politics of the locker room.

Instead, the focus is on playing the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday afternoon. Mike Tomlin was quick to note the Bengals are coming off a bye. And they’re legitimately better since firing their offensive coordinator. AFC North football is always tough and with the ship seemingly righted, there’s no time or desire to focus on rumors like Bryant’s.

Tomlin will certainly be asked about the topic during tomorrow’s press conference. And it’s certain he’ll deflect and keep the focus on the upcoming game. Just as the rest of the locker room is doing. Just as it should be.


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Alex Kozora

Full-time blogger from mom’s basement. Marrying tape and statistics. Chidi Iwuoma is my favorite Steeler of all-time.

  • Jake Milman

    That graphic, hahahhahahahahaahahahha.

  • colingrant

    The answer to that question will be partly determined by what happens in January. Just the fact that the question is being asked, can be the basis for being distracted. We’re talking about human beings here.

  • Intense Camel

    “As the Steelers Turn” Lmaoooo

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Nice! The team sounds together.

  • PaeperCup

    And that’s why this is the best site on the internet.

  • 太阳三联

    Seems like the media/NFL scared of us. Doing whatever to distract us but we going for 7

  • Ryan Alderman

    Non-issue.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Steelers Storylines.

  • Kareem Daniels

    We are only 5 weeks into the season. He would have had to ask for a trade after the 2nd week. He was targeted the first 2 weeks. Him and Ben just weren’t connecting. Doesn’t make since

  • Jason Vancil

    Man, how solid has Ramon Foster been? Talk about one of the most under appreciated Steelers. Dude is a leader.

  • MintDragon

    Love the graphic you used! WLW (Gary Burbank) used to do a spoof of All My Children called “All My Bengals” every football season, think a few are up on youtube still.

  • Steeler Nation!

    Funny graphic, but this crap is so UN-STEELER like. This is what you would expect from the Cowboys…

  • MC

    Don’t think I like to hear about a receiver who just spent a year on suspension and hurt the team big cause of it is upset after a few losses and decreased targets. Thankfully we have a player like Juju who adopts the steelers mentality and commitment

  • dany

    Comedy is the best medicine, I’m glad the whole team sees that

  • Nathaniel Sullivan

    Did you see Bryant blocks down field, if he was upset he wouldn’t want to block dbs for lev bell.

  • Conserv_58

    I can’t believe you didn’t refer to the Anthem fiasco in your opening sentence, Alex.

  • Conserv_58

    You should see and hear him during warmups at training camp. He’s the most vocal offensive player on the field. Alex can attest to that.

  • Conserv_58

    It would have been gut splitting hillarious if there was an image of Susan Luccie in it.

  • MC

    That’s his job though. If he doesn’t block that will show up in the film room when he’s sitting with the coaches and other offensive players and he will get grilled for it.

  • Alex Kozora

    Figured it’s best to keep that swept under the rug. Dark times on this comment section when that came up.