Terrell Owens has novel take on JuJu Smith-Schuster’s dancing drama
JuJu Smith-Schuster ruffled a lot of feathers this season with his practice of dancing on opponents’ midfield logos ahead of road games and sharing footage of it on TikTok.
One person who knows a thing or two about generating this kind of controversy believes the saga may have had less contentious ending had one key thing been different with the Pittsburgh Steelers’ season.
Terrell Owens joined “The Pat McAfee Show” Tuesday, and the Hall of Famer argued that the Smith-Schuster situation would not have generated so much drama if the Steelers’ season hadn’t entered an inescapable downward spiral following a 11-0 start.
After the team’s undefeated start, the Steelers went into a tailspin, losing four of five games to close out the season before getting blown out by the Cleveland Browns in a humiliating wild-card round loss.
"He was doing that & they went on a losing skid. It only compounds when you're not being productive & for him that's what happened. If they were winning no one would be saying anything"@terrellowens on @TeamJuJu facing criticism #PatMcAfeeShowLIVE pic.twitter.com/ffC8iDeRwf— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) January 19, 2021
“If they were winning, no one would be saying anything, they wouldn’t be criticizing,” Owens said, via Steelers Depot. “The love would’ve quadrupled. If you think about the fans that really loved him when they were losing, just think about if they were winning.”
Owens of course is the originator of outrageous taunts involving an opposing team’s midfield logo.
On Sept. 24, 2000, Owens, then with the San Francisco 49ers, celebrated a touchdown by running to midfield and standing over the Dallas Cowboys star. A second attempt to mockingly use the Dallas star as a prop was temporarily thwarted by Cowboys safety George Teague.
Terrell Owens took it to the Dallas Star twice after absolutely schooling the Cowboys.— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) May 9, 2020
George Teague wasn't having it the second time around.
After originally refusing to back down despite blowback over his logo-dancing routine, Smith-Schuster ultimately relented in the face of widespread condemnation, not to mention a stern lecture from Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin.
The backlash to Smith-Schuster’s polarizing pregame ritual was swift and ultimately quite disturbing. Sammy Toa-Schuster, the Steelers wideout’s mother, revealed in late December that she received death threats on social media over her son’s antics.
Owens may have a point that Smith-Schuster’s ritual may have been received differently depending on a few factors. Still, it was never going to be looked upon fondly by his opponents no matter what, so ending the routine was arguably the best option.