Smith-Schuster, the Pittsburgh Steelers' 20-year-old rookie receiver, posted Tuesday on social media that the bicycle he rides to practice had been stolen, asking "why people got to be like that?"
After a commenter tagged him in a post from user FantasyFootballCounselor about how much Ben Roethlisberger was targeting Antonio Brown, Bryant disparaged Smith-Schuster, claiming he was "no where near better than me".
That even caused Bryant to engage in a short war of words on Twitter on Sunday evening with a fan who said that Smith-Schuster is better than him.
Bryant amended it later to call Smith-Schuster a "great talent" while adding "I just wants mine period point blank". It has been curious that the Steelers can't get him going on Sundays, though offensive coordinator Todd Haley gave a clue last week - making plays in practice is one thing, but the Steelers need them on Sundays. Then the reports of a trade surfaced following a potentially season-turning road victory in Kansas City - a game in which Bryant caught two passes for 27 yards and earned praise from coach Mike Tomlin for his role as a blocker in the running game.
Tomlin and Bryant's teammates have praised Bryant for his discipline and hard work since being conditionally reinstated in the spring. Bryant's camp has made efforts to convey Bryant's beef and subsequent trade request. "And I say somewhat because we're having to field questions regarding him, not because it's high on my damn agenda". "At the end of the day, we all got to focus on the bigger picture". Come talk to me. "Let's figure out a way and game plan that me as a quarterback, I can talk to you, I can help you, I can talk through an issue you may have, whatever it may be'". Not an easy one but he's worked diligently, I like his approach.
On Tuesday he told ESPN he simply wanted to be used more by the Steelers offense.
"I flourished here two years ago. We still talk. I want the best for him". I'm not giving up on him and I hope he's not giving up on himself.