JuJu Smith-Schuster will be hearing about this until the 2021 season.
The Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver called out the Cleveland Browns before their wild-card matchup, and Sunday’s upset loss at home didn’t make the wideout recant anything he said.
“I don’t regret saying what I said. They came out … today wasn’t our night,” Smith-Schuster said following the Browns’ 48-37 victory, according to Brooke Pryor of ESPN. “Hopefully, the same Browns show up against the next opponent and do what they did tonight and have a great game.”
Cleveland stunned Pittsburgh as they handed its divisional rival a demoralizing loss that included a 28-0 Browns run in the first quarter.
“It was, ‘What more bad things can happen to us?’ It was, ‘We’ve got to make a play,'” Smith-Schuster said of his first-half mindset. “(Quarterback) Ben (Roethlisberger) was calling plays to make it happen … we couldn’t make it happen. Our guys did not quit. We fought to the end of the whistle. We played our ass off.”
Several Browns players made sure to troll him after the win: