JuJu Smith-Schuster’s pregame dance routine did more than anger opponents. It sadly led to death threats against his mother on social media.
The Steelers wideout had made a habit of filming himself dancing before games, and spiking the ball at the 50-yard-line, and posting it on TikTok.
The display got under the skin of opponents. The Cowboys wouldn’t allow him to recreate the pre-game move after scoring a touchdown in November and Bengals safety Vonn Bell followed through on his promise to make Smith-Schuster pay for his dancing with a big hit.
But his mom, Sammy Toa-Schuster, took punishment as well. She posted on Instagram on Sunday she has been receiving threats across social media.
“After weeks of so many hate messages to death threats … I can’t help but cry when my baby scored his TD,” Toa-Schuster wrote after her son’s big game in the Steelers’ 28-24 comeback win over the Colts.
“Y’all love him when we winning but hate when we are losing.”
Smith-Schuster stopped the dancing routine last week.
“For the betterment of myself and my teammates, I’m going to stop dancing on the logos,” he said. “I don’t want to be a distraction to anybody.”
The team did, however, celebrate with a postgame dance in the locker room after the AFC North-clinching victory over Indianapolis that was promptly posted to the receiver’s TikTok account.
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