Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster found himself in the NFL headlines for the wrong reasons once again after he was at the forefront of a maskless postgame celebration posted on TikTok.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin didn’t sound like a happy man and doubled down on his stance that the team is indeed taking the pandemic seriously even with the video circulating on the internet, per NFL Network‘s Aditi Kinkhabwala.
Mike Tomlin says #Steelers have indeed heard from #NFL re the maskless postgame celebration led by JuJu. Says emotions need to be kept in check, that the pandemic requires continual education and "sometimes the education is punitive in nature. That’s the reality of it."
— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) December 29, 2020
JuJu Smith-Schuster already had numerous exchanges with his peers around the league after he was doing pre-game dances on the midfield logos of opposing teams. In one way or another, the Steelers attracted a huge target on their backs and were dealt with a three-game losing skid from Weeks 13 to 15.
The Steelers were looking to add another loss to their tally after they were buried in a deep hole early on against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 16. However, they managed to get back on the right track and rallied to come away with a narrow 28-24 victory. Securing their 12th win of the season finally hailed them as the AFC North divisional champions for the first time since 2017.
After the TikTok video made rounds on social media and garnered the league’s attention, it seems that Mike Tomlin and his men will most likely receive a penalty in the near future. Similarly, the New Orleans Saints were also previously handed a $500,000 fine after the team celebrated without masks after their 38-3 victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers back in Week 9.
The coming days will see whether or not the Steelers will be penalized for the postgame celebration led by JuJu Smith-Schuster. On the field, they are heading to their final game of the season against the Cleveland Browns before marching to the upcoming playoffs with the third seed in the AFC bracket.