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The Steelers Could Be On The Verge Of, Like, Totally Harshing Jeff Reed’s Mellow, Brah

Sadly, the nine-year reign of idiocy which has typified kicker Jeff Reed’s time in Pittsburgh may be finally coming to a merciful end. Not content with being an off-the-field distraction away from the team for incidents like getting busted for trashing a convenience store paper towel dispenser, defending a teammate’s right to urinate in public and frequently being photographed in varying levels of inebriation (like the one above, and this one, and this one, and (sigh) this one), Reed has upped the ante by becoming a distraction in the locker room by not only struggling mightily on the field but also allowing his frustration to boil over when he criticized Steelers fans.

Below is Reed’s long-winded take on how he felt after hearing that Steelers fans were booing him after he botched an extra point during Sunday’s team-wide debacle against the New England Patriots. Of course, Reed was wearing a t-shirt which read “Haters Gonna Hate” emblazoned on it.

Via The Tribune-Democrat:

“It doesn’t surprise me,” he said of the reaction, which he claimed not to have heard. “If you’re not perfect in this city, you’re going to hear about it.

“It’s been like that for nine years. Why would they stop now? Like I said, there’s 95 percent of the fans that have got my back totally. It’s the 5 percent you always hear. They’re right by the kicking net. They were bashing me, but that’s life, man. You’ve got to move on. The worst thing for me to do would be to fight back at them.”

Reed proceeded to rip, of course, the media for all their negativity:

It doesn’t help that everything you read or hear on the radio is negative, too, and that comes from you guys,” Reed told reporters. “People calling in, they have the right to say what they want to say, and I don’t listen to the stuff. I just come across it sometimes and happen to catch my name, and so I want to read about it.”

But he wasn’t done yet. Reed then touched on a touchy subject which has sore spot between him and the organization: the shoddy condition of the turf at Heinz Field:

“I’m not one to make excuses,” Reed said Sunday before blasting the playing surface. “I’ll take credit for the miss. It was a great snap, great hold, great protection. It’s kind of hard when you plant your foot and the whole piece of ground moves where the ball is under the holder. I almost missed the whole ball completely.”

He didn’t stop there.

“If you’ve played any kind of sports in your life, you realize that what we play on is not very good turf. It happens.”

And he said he’s complained to team management about the surface “for nine years. It doesn’t matter. I’ve done well here, recently in the past. My numbers don’t look great this year, but I’m capable of making every kick. I can’t help when the turf moves when you miss a kick.

“Normally I’m super depressed and down in the dumps when I miss a kick, whether its 22 or 50 (yards). But I’m not like that today, because I know it’s just meant to be.”

Jeez, whine much? Not surprisingly, reports coming out of Pittsburgh indicate these latest transgressions by Reed and his mercurial attitude and nature may have caused the Steelers organization to consider finally cut ties with their jester-like kicker. So much so, in fact, that the Steelers intend to try out kickers this week at their practice facility.

That’s like, super harsh, dude. Like it or not, Jeff Reed is always going to keep it real, whether he is making excuses about his subpar performance this season after insisting he wasn’t going to make excuses or behaving like a drunken jackass in public. That’s just how he rolls. Deal with it, brahs. And lady brahs, or whatever.

Reed may no longer be right for Steelers [The Tribune-Democrat]

Steelers trying out kickers [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]