Earlier this week, former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster signed a three-year, $33 million contract with the New England Patriots. Smith-Schuster tweeted about being “excited for my next chapter in New England,” but NFL fans reacted to the news by highlighting old Smith-Schuster social media posts in which he trolled Patriots fans.
Consider this Jan. 2018 Instagram post in which Smith-Schuster surreptitiously flips off Tom Brady and the Patriots while posing for a picture with a Pats fan.
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Similarly, after Smith-Schuster was photographed taking a selfie with a young Patriots fan in Jan. 2019, he took the opportunity to tweet out the pic, accompanied by the caption: “Ewwwwww!!!!. A Patriots fan!!!”
Well, on March 17, the Patriots’ official Twitter account offered a new take on that photo, pairing it with a famous meme to express a different sentiment.
“Yayyyyyy!!!! A Patriots fan!!!” reads the new caption, which is coupled with photos of Tobey Maguire portraying Spider-man alter ego Peter Parker.
Idk who this new social media person is but I like it keep up the good work
— Alejandro Proskauer 🇵🇷 (@AProskauer) March 18, 2023
Pats fans seemed to appreciate the effort on the part of Patriots Twitter, though many don’t like the signing, with one fan derisively referring to Smith-Schuster as “tiktok boy,” a criticism that has been leveled before.
cringe, tiktok boy L signing
— TossicKing👺☘️ (@DaPrinceyy) March 18, 2023
Ex-Steelers Players Question Whether JuJu Smith-Schuster is a Fit in New England
Indeed many people are wondering whether the former Steelers 2nd-round pick will be a good fit for the buttoned-up culture in New England. After all, Smith-Schuster repeatedly created controversy in Pittsburgh and drew the ire of opposing players by dancing on the logos of the Bengals and Bills, among others. Never mind his many self-indulgent social media posts, with the ‘Body Shot Challenge’ and ‘Milk Crate Challenge,’ for example, often overshadowing the good work he does in the community.
“I don’t know if I love him with the Patriots. I didn’t want to say it, but is that ‘The Patriot Way’?” said former Steelers linebacker Terence Garvin, while appearing with ex-teammate Arthur Moats on …read more