‘Steelers’ Social Media Saga’ – Unraveling the Biggest Controversies in Black and Gold History…

The most significant social media controversies in the history of the Pittsburgh Steelers have been marked by noteworthy tweets and incidents that grabbed headlines.

Mike Tomlin’s assertion that social media has transformed the NFL into a constant reality show finds validation in instances like the following:

In 2023, receiver Diontae Johnson’s enigmatic tweet during the offseason stirred speculation about his future with the team, eventually clarified by Calvin Austin III as an expression of Johnson’s personal expectations.

JuJu Smith-Schuster’s involvement in the milk crate challenge in 2021, just before the season, sparked fan outrage over the potential for injury and purist criticism of the modest height of his crate stack.

The 2021 saga of Steven Nelson, who, facing trade talks due to the Steelers’ cap-saving efforts, took his case to Twitter. Less than an hour later, he was released by the team.

In 2020, JuJu Smith-Schuster’s TikTok logo dances drew controversy, seen by some as disrespectful and potentially making him a target on the field. Coach Tomlin intervened, leading to the end of the pre-game dances.

The 2018 incident saw kicker Chris Boswell quitting Twitter after a string of missed field goals and resurfacing of past tweets with problematic language.

The crowded wide receivers room in 2017, following the drafting of JuJu Smith-Schuster, led to direct and heated social media exchanges between Martavis Bryant and Sammie Coates.

Antonio Brown’s 2017 Facebook Live broadcast from the locker room, featuring Coach Mike Tomlin’s candid remarks about the New England Patriots, resulted in a rare public rebuke from Tomlin.

Safety Mike Mitchell faced a social media ban in 2014 after engaging with critics directly following a Monday Night Football win.

In 2011, Rashard Mendenhall’s controversial remarks on Twitter, following Osama bin Laden’s death, prompted team owner Art Rooney II to release a statement disassociating from Mendenhall’s comments.

These incidents collectively illustrate the pervasive influence of social media in shaping the narrative around the NFL, creating a continuous 24/7/365 reality show.

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