Martavis Bryant: ‘You’re not going to hear me complain’ anymore
Martavis Bryant’s tumultuous past few weeks arguably ended with a whimper as the Pittsburgh Steelers have benched the disgruntled wide receiver for Week 8’s game against the Detroit Lions.
And from the sound of it, Bryant is taking it all in stride, at least publicly.
“If I’m not traded, I’m going to work my butt off here and whatever happens, happens,” Bryant said Wednesday, via an AP report. “You’re not going to hear me complain or nothing no more, I’m just going to be quiet and let everything fall in place.”
Bryant reportedly requested a trade following an Oct. 15 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Both the Steelers and Bryant denied that was accurate. But things spiraled out of control after last Sunday’s victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, with Bryant calling out teammate JuJu Smith-Schuster, making it all too apparent that Bryant was extremely unhappy with his diminishing role in the Steelers offense.
Bryant then laid it all on the line during a conversation Tuesday with ESPN’s Josina Anderson, saying in part, “If they don’t try to include me more and continue to do the same thing, then I want out period.”
After learning of his benching for Sunday’s game, Bryant downplayed the notion of any animosity between himself and the Steelers or with any teammate.
“I don’t have no beef with nobody in here,” Bryant said. “I love everybody in here. I work hard with everybody in here.”
Bryant was suspended the entirety of the 2016 season for a violation of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, and it’s clear he hasn’t reestablished himself in the offense’s pecking order. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger went to bat for Bryant on multiple occasions as the drama surrounding Bryant culminated with his ultimatum, saying this week he’s “not giving up” on Bryant.
The Steelers’ decision to sit Bryant sends a clear message to the 25-year-old wideout that such antics will not be tolerated. Whether or not Bryant has learned this lesson remains to be seen. But his comments Wednesday indicate Bryant is at least saying the right things right now.