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Dunlap: Le’Veon Bell Is Delusional And Easy To Root Against

March 20, 2019 - 12:53 pm

Related: Le'Veon Bell Sounds Off On His Time With The Steelers

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - I’m actively rooting against Le’Veon Bell. 

If for nothing else than the guy is purely delusional and not at all accountable. 

Yeah, I’m rooting against him from here on out --- and I’m perfectly OK to say that and write that. Sports is full of characters you root for and root against. He’s a guy I’d like to see not do well. Again, I’m OK to arrive at that place in my fandom because I’m making the leap that he is wholly interested in his own cause and doesn’t have one iota of a care about anyone else. That’s fine if you want to play golf or tennis, but when you elect to participate in a team sport, sometimes you must acknowledge failures could be of your own doing. 

Bell doesn’t just refuse to do that --- I think he honestly thinks nothing is his fault. 

Know why? He’s out of his mind. 

He has no one to blame but himself for his current predicament but, predictably, the last person he seems willing to blame is himself. 

He blames Ben Roethlisberger.

He blames the fans a little bit. 

He blames the way the Steelers structure contracts. 

He --- of course --- blames the media by way of what Ben says on his radio show. 

Blame, blame, blame, blame, blame abounds in a recent Sports Illustrated piece featuring an accompanying interview laden with softball questions that is videotaped and uploaded to the Internet. Blame, blame, blame, blame, blame for everyone but it seems to be 100 percent finger pointing and not one bit thumb-pointing. 

Yeah, ain’t nuthin’ Lev’s fault. He can’t do anything wrong. 

To wit …

“Pittsburgh is a great organization; they have a great owner, head coach,” Bell said before dropping a hammer. “But they kind of treat you like, they don’t treat you like a human. What I mean by that is, yeah, I’m an NFL athlete but I’m still a human being. I still play video games. I still make music. 

“They don’t want to allow you to, like, be yourself. They are like, if you are a Steeler you are literally supposed to be playing football 24/7.” 

Bizarre.

It's as if the Pittsburgh Steelers didn't treat Le'Veon Bell like a human by twice trying to make him the highest paid running back on the planet even though he was suspended to start both the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

Really inhumane stuff, huh?

Bell --- who has a penchant for not calling teammates back so this might be a tough task --- might want to pick up the phone and call an ex-teammate. I think it would be a good idea for him to give Ryan Shazier a call and ask how the Pittsburgh Steelers don’t “treat you like a human.”

It appears to me the Steelers have gone above and beyond any form of obligation by taking care of Shazier in the aftermath of the horrific injury he sustained. 

And about that whole not letting players be themselves off the field stuff? It strikes me that JuJu Smith-Schuster very much is permitted to not only play video games, but flash his personality, market it and connect with Steelers fans just as much for what he does off the field as what he does on it. 

So, what we got from Le’Veon Bell was a one-on-one “interview” in Sports Illustrated. It had the opportunity to provide real insight.

In a way I guess it did. It showed that he’s a guy who is allergic to taking any sort of responsibility and also showed he’s one of the easiest guys in sports to root against. ​

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