Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool has been in the headlines frequently since his team’s playoff loss to the Cleveland Browns, mostly because he can’t stop talking about it.
Claypool has been critical of the Browns since they beat Pittsburgh 48-37 in the AFC Wild Card game, and he’s not backing down on that now. Responding to criticism from Browns players, Claypool told DAZN Canada on Wednesday that his remarks were motivated by what he saw as Cleveland players being disrespectful to teammate JuJu Smith-Schuster during and after Sunday’s game.
“If the Browns had won with more class, then I wouldn’t have been so salty about it, but them mocking JuJu during the game and after the game just didn’t sit right with me,” Claypool said, via Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com. “They were just super classless, you know against JuJu, towards JuJu what they were saying on the field towards the end of the game, so I’m not going to have respect for a team that doesn’t have respect for us.
“They can enjoy the win and another week of football but they’ll be on the couch right next to me, so it’s all good.”
Whether it justifies anything or not, it’s important to note that there was definitely a reason the Browns were singling out Smith-Schuster. Their players would likely respond that they were only acting the way they did because Smith-Schuster disrespected them first.
The Browns have not let Claypool have the last word, but the more the Steelers receiver talks, the more it sounds like sour grapes. The Browns would be best served by staying focused on Kansas City at this point.
JuJu Smith-Schuster was trolled seemingly nonstop as the Pittsburgh Steelers limped toward the end of their season, and that has continued even after they were eliminated from the playoffs.
Cleveland Browns players mocked Smith-Schuster over his dancing antics as they were putting a beating on the Steelers Sunday night. Kareem Hunt has decided to keep that going. On Tuesday, the Browns running back signed a piece of memorabilia for a fan and wrote “Corvette Corvette” and “clapped ’em.”
Smith-Schuster made headlines during the regular season when he broke out his “Corvette Corvette” dance on opposing teams’ logos prior to games. He eventually stopped doing it when he realized it was bringing negative attention to the Steelers, but Browns players still used it to mock him on Sunday. You can see the video here.
Then, after the Steelers lost, rookie wide receiver Chase Claypool still talked trash about the Browns by saying they’re going to get “clapped” by the Kansas City Chiefs in the Divisional Round. That is likely what Hunt was referencing when he wrote “clapped ’em” as part of his autograph.
Smith-Schuster may not have antagonized the Browns with his dancing, but he found another way to give them bulletin-board material leading up to the Wild Card showdown. You can’t blame Hunt and others for refusing to let it go.
The Cleveland Browns sure are tired of the Pittsburgh Steelers trying to trash talk them.
On Monday, Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool said that the Browns would get bounced from the playoffs by the Kansas City Chiefs. Claypool’s comments seemed like sour grapes coming from a guy whose team got knocked out by Cleveland.
Adrian Clayborn, who is in his first season with the Browns, responded. He told Claypool to “go on vacation already.”
That’s a reference to how many players take a vacation after their season ends.
This season’s Steelers started off 11-0, but they’ll be remembered as the team whose trash talk backfired.
Despite what happened in Sunday night’s AFC Wild Card game, it’s clear that Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool doesn’t think much of the Cleveland Browns.
The Steelers fell behind 28-0 in the first quarter of Sunday’s game, and while they rallied enough to make things competitive in the fourth quarter, were ultimately eliminated by the Browns. On Monday, Claypool went live on TikTok and talked about the defeat. The highlight came when he said the Browns “are going to get clapped next week” by the Kansas City Chiefs.
To be clear, the Browns are going to be underdogs in Kansas City. That was true of their matchup with Pittsburgh as well, though, and that turned out perfectly fine for Cleveland.
At this point, you would think the Steelers would know better than to give the Browns any more bulletin-board material. Sure, that can only get you so far, but Claypool would be best served keeping his mouth shut after Sunday’s loss.
The NFL has decided to postpone Thursday’s game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens, and players are unhappy with the way the situation has been handled.
After the NFL announced on Wednesday that the Steelers-Ravens game has been moved to Sunday, several Pittsburgh players took to Twitter to rip the league. Star wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster also took aim at the Ravens for not being able to “get their Covid situation together.”
“First the NFL takes away our bye week because another team can’t get their Covid situation together, now they take away our Thanksgiving primetime game for the same reason,” Smith-Schuster wrote.
As Smith-Schuster alluded to, this is the second Steelers game this season that has been postponed due to positive coronavirus cases with their opponent. The first was against the Tennessee Titans. Baltimore has had at least 10 positive COVID-19 cases this week among players and staff.
Other Steelers players are just as frustrated as Smith-Schuster:
Eric Ebron was another player who blasted the NFL, calling the scheduling change “BULLS—T” (edited for profanity by LBS). Ebron also sent this tweet:
For what it’s worth, at least one player on the Baltimore side seemed angry with the NFL before the game was postponed. You can see that tweet here.
The NFL has done a seemingly good job to this point of handling the COVID-19 situation. There’s no way to please everybody, but ultimately there have been no reports of huge outbreaks or players/staffers becoming seriously ill. Scheduling inconveniences seem like a small price for players to pay.
Ben Roethlisberger already appears to be all-in on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ pick of Notre Dame wide receiver Chase Claypool.
After being drafted by the Steelers with the No. 49 overall pick on Friday, Claypool said that Roethlisberger called him right after he got off the phone with the team, per Brooke Pryor of ESPN. Claypool also said that Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster texted him not long after.
For the six-time Pro Bowler Roethlisberger, building good rapport with his receivers will be important. He missed almost the entire 2019 season with an injury to his throwing elbow and may not have too long left at 38 years old.
The physically-imposing Claypool, who logged 1,037 yards receiving and 13 touchdowns as a senior, should be a quality weapon for Roethlisberger. Let’s just hope though that he does not listen to Big Ben’s grooming advice.