JuJu Smith-Schuster speaks out on mother receiving death threats over his dancing
JuJu Smith-Schuster found himself ensnared in controversy this past month over his habit of dancing on opponents’ midfield logos ahead of road games and sharing footage of it on TikTok.
While the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver ultimately decided to give up the pregame ritual last week amid widespread blowback to his dancing, his mother recently revealed she received death threats on social media over her son’s antics.
This week ahead of the Steelers’ season finale showdown with the Cleveland Browns, Smith-Schuster unsurprisingly spoke out against Twitter trolls and the like engaging in such reprehensible conduct.
“There’s a lot of pros and cons,” Smith-Schuster said, per Steelers Depot. “There’s a lot of good and bad that comes with it. My mom felt some of the bad that came with it.
“But at the end of the day, my mom’s being a mom, she feels it should never have to be like that, be that low. But yeah, this win definitely helped us, definitely lifted a lot of stress off my parents’ shoulders, and, you know, pretty much enjoying the dancing and all that.”
Smith-Schuster’s mother, Sammy Toa-Schuster, shared in an Instagram story Sunday after the Steelers’ win over the Indianapolis Colts that she’s been receiving death threats.
JuJu Smith-Schuster’s Mom says she has received so many hate messages and death threats week after week. #Steelers pic.twitter.com/3xRJ9iMxWZ— Blitzburgh ✨ (@RenegadeBlitz) December 28, 2020
“After weeks of so many hate messages to death threats … I can’t help but cry when my baby scored his TD,” Toa-Schuster wrote in part. “Y’all love him when we winning but hate when we are losing.”
Following the Steelers’ loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Dec. 21 — which was preceded by Smith-Schuster’s then-patented pregame midfield logo routine — Mike Tomlin said he would talk to the wide receiver about the disruptive nature of the act.
Following some introspection, Smith-Schuster decided to end his logo dancing for the good of the team.
Instead, Smith-Schuster took his dancing into the Steelers’ locker room for a postgame celebration.
“Corvette Corvette!”— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) December 27, 2020
JuJu goes right back at the haters and drops a new TikTok after the Steelers big win
(via @TeamJuJu) pic.twitter.com/yr6EuyKJlw
Now with the controversy in the rear view mirror, the mistreatment experienced by Smith-Schuster’s mother on social media will likely cease … not that it was acceptable by any measure in the first place.