De’Veon Smith never even got to play a single game in the USFL and he is already a trending topic.
The Pittsburgh Maulers might have just won the award for the most bizarre reason for cutting a player and it had nothing to do with his play on the field. The revamped USFL’s rollout weekend included the Saturday release of “United By Football: A Season in the USFL,” a documentary series chronicling the lead-up to the league’s return.
One clip showed Maulers running back De’Veon Smith being cut from the team for requesting pizza instead of chicken salad at the team hotel.
“He crossed the line, so we had to deal with it,” Maulers coach Kirby Wilson said in the clip. “Any disrespect of football or members of staff, USFL, etc. will not be tolerated.”
Smith denied that he said anything “disrespectful.” When a staff member came in with a pizza, Smith claimed he simply asked if he could have a slice.
“Someone’s hurt feelings are a distant second to the greater good of the team. And we’ve moved on and turned that page, and I’m happy we did it,” he said.
Just absolutely bizarre.
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