Bengals’ Vonn Bell talks JuJu Smith-Schuster’s logo antics before Monday’s game
JuJu Smith-Schuster’s pregame ritual of dancing on the midfield logo ahead of road games has generated a fair amount of discussion this week. It’s no surprise, then, that a player set to face the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 15 has thoughts on the wide receiver’s antics.
The Steelers are heading to Ohio for a “Monday Night Football” matchup with the division-rival Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium.
Bengals safety Vonn Bell made his feelings clear about Smith-Schuster’s taunt-level tactics this week, and the Steelers wideout ought to take the comments as a veiled warning.
“It’s kind of disrespectful at the end of the day,” Bell said, per Ben Baby of ESPN. “But they’re on top right now so you can’t really say nothing right now. We just gotta go out there, between the lines, go out there and hit him and let him know where he stands.”
Smith-Schuster has refused to back down despite blowback over his pregame habits. Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Smith-Schuster was defiant about his patented pregame routine and vowed to continue dancing on opponents’ midfield logos.
“I’m not going to stop being myself,” Smith-Schuster said.
The case can be made the Steelers star’s antics backfired a bit when he broke them out ahead of the Steelers’ showdown with the Buffalo Bills last Sunday night. The pregame shenanigans appeared to light a fire under the Bills, who went on win 26-15, and drew the ire of several players, including safety Jordan Poyer and quarterback Josh Allen.
How things play out if Smith-Schuster dances on the Bengals’ midfield logo remains to be seen. One thing, however, merits noting: the Steelers-Bengals rivalry has long been an acrimonious one occasionally marred by outright, hostile ugliness.
With that in mind, Smith-Schuster — who already has a checkered past with the Bengals – could very well light a powder keg by pulling such a stunt at Paul Brown Stadium on Monday night.