Reports keep going back and forth, but it now looks like Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant really does want to get traded.
“He wants out,” a source said, per Jeremy Fowler of ESPN. “Point blank.”
Reading between the lines, this wasn’t too hard to see. Bryant went on social media and ranted about his role. The posts have been deleted since then, but Bryant is just the latest person to learn that nothing on the Internet is ever gone. Plenty of pictures were passed around before he could delete what he wrote. He blasted rookie wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster and implied that he’d already asked to be traded.
“JuJu is no where near better than me, fool,” Bryant said. “All they need to do is give me what I want and y’all can have JuJu and whoever else.”
What makes this very interesting is that reports came out last week that he was asking for a trade.
“ Sources: Steelers playmaking WR Martavis Bryant recently requested a trade. His teammates and coaches are well aware that he’s unhappy,” wrote NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Bryant was then asked if that was true, naturally, and he flat out denied it. His teammates later laughed it off and made jokes that he wanted to be traded to the Golden State Warriors of the NBA.
It now appears that all of those jokes and denials may just have been covering up the truth that he doesn’t like his role and he wants a fresh start somewhere else.
Bryant has just 234 yards and one score on the year. Reports all week claimed the team wanted to get him more involved against the Cincinnati Bengals, but then he had one catch for three yards. He can say that Smith-Schuster isn’t better than him all he wants, but Smith-Schuster is just a rookie and has 231 yards and three scores on the year.
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