Le’Veon Bell’s Instagram rant left ex-Steelers teammate ‘cracking up’
There was no shortage of animosity between Le’Veon Bell and his then-Pittsburgh Steelers teammates during his protracted contract holdout that ultimately caused him to sit out the entire 2018 NFL season.
Time and distance now serve as buffers between Bell and those same ex-teammates, and it sounds like the now-New York Jets running back’s recent antics have left at least one Steeler in stitches as opposed to befuddlement.
On Monday, Bell posted video on Instagram in which he rants against the ongoing criticism he receives over his social media activity, along with his other off-the-field interests, which include an aspiring rap career.
“I’m tired everybody telling me, ‘oh Le’Veon, you not focused,” Bell said in part in the footage, as transcribed by Steelers Depot. “‘You only wanna make music. You wanna play basketball. You do everything besides play football.’
” … Let me tell you all something,” Bell continued later in the two-part post. “You think [LeBron James] is waking up, he ain’t having no Taco Tuesdays? Bron don’t have Taco Tuesdays, you think he’s hooping all day? You think Beyoncé is waking up singing all day?”
Bell’s rant became unsurprisingly something of a talker in NFL circles on Monday, so it also was not shocking that some Steelers players caught wind of the enigmatic running back’s commentary. Steelers cornerback Joe Haden was among those who saw Bell’s rant, and he could not help but be left amused by it.
“I was laughing so hard,” Haden said during an interview on “The Rich Eisen Show” this week. “I was cracking up.”
Haden later clarified his comments, saying, “I get it. But I wouldn’t have said it.”
Haden’s remarks about not doing what Bell did probably summarize how Steelers players felt about the extreme-but-futile measures the running back took in an effort to secure a lucrative long-term deal in Pittsburgh. It’s clear as well the Steelers are eager to move on from all the Bell drama of the past.