Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant not be playing on Sunday night football against the Detroit Lions.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told Bryant that he will not play, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ed Bouchette.
When Bryant was asked why he’s not playing he responded, “social media,” via ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.
After the Steelers’ win on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals, Bryant was tagged in an Instagram comment saying that Steelers rookie wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster is better than him. He responded with this comment, that he later deleted: “JuJu is no where near better than me fool. All they need to do is give me what I want, and yall can have JuJu and whoever else.”
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported on Oct. 15, that Bryant wanted to be traded from the Steelers. Bryant refuted the report that week, but Fowler has also report that he “Wants out.” He did call out sick from a mandatory meeting on Monday.
This fiasco is just the latest example of rocky road for Bryant since he was drafted by the Steelers in 2014. He has shown flashes of brilliance, but has also missed 20 games due to suspension for violating the NFL substance abuse policy.
Tomlin deactivating Bryant is basically a punishment for him causing a national distraction, but maybe the Steelers should consider trading him. He’s a great talent that they have stuck with throughout all of his off-the-field struggles, but it would be best for both sides to move on at this point.