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JuJu says he has ‘no onerous emotions’ towards AB – ESPN

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  • Jeremy FowlerESPN Workers Author

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    • ESPN workers author
    • Beforehand a school soccer reporter for CBSSports.com
    • College of Florida graduate

PITTSBURGH — After buying and selling Twitter barbs with Antonio Brown this offseason, JuJu Smith-Schuster mentioned he’s disenchanted with how issues ended with the All-Professional.

Smith-Schuster this week kicks off his first Pittsburgh Steelers minicamp because the No. 1 receiver after the staff traded Brown to the Oakland Raiders.

“The person’s a job mannequin. In that state of affairs, I did not need it to finish like that,” Smith-Schuster mentioned from his locker Wednesday. “I’ve no onerous emotions towards him. Clearly if we’re ever in the identical room, I will say ‘What’s up’ to him. I feel hatred is a large phrase to make use of towards any individual. On the finish of the day, he is an excellent participant, he comes out every single day with work ethic. He labored onerous. Aside from that, I haven’t got something towards him like that.”

Brown demanded a commerce shortly after leaving the Steelers in Week 17 — the identical week Smith-Schuster received the locker room’s Most Beneficial Participant award for catching 111 passes for 1,426 yards on the season, each staff highs. Brown was traded in March, and the following month, he identified what he noticed as Smith-Schuster’s shortcoming to a fan on Twitter who highlighted Smith-Schuster’s MVP.

Emotion: boy fumbled the entire put up season within the greatest sport of yr ! Everybody went blind to busy making guys well-known not sufficient actuality nowadays ! 🤙🏾 by the way in which verify the record https://t.co/2SWWT8k0jx

— Antonio Brown (@AB84) April 7, 2019

Smith-Schuster, who fumbled within the closing minute of a Week 16 loss in New Orleans, swiftly clapped again.

Loopy how massive that ego received to be to take pictures at individuals who present you like! Smh

— JuJu Smith-Schuster (@TeamJuJu) April 7, 2019

Brown and Smith-Schuster had publicly supported one another through the 2018 season and shaped one of many league’s most potent pass-catching duos.

Smith-Schuster is aware of now he should lead by instance and tackle the double-teams that Brown used to command. Two years in the past, Smith-Schuster was a rookie taking part in alongside Brown and operating again Le’Veon Bell, additionally an All-Professional. Now, he performs alongside James Conner, Donte Moncrief and extra.

Requested about what he realized from Brown’s departure and his personal position within the locker room, Smith-Schuster mentioned he plans to remain true to himself. The third-year receiver has made some extent to be extra accessible to media and be a fixture within the facility.

“I by no means need to be the focus for inflicting issues,” Smith-Schuster mentioned. “I simply attempt to keep constructive as a lot as potential. When stuff like that goes sideways, I say what I say after which I again out and go away it at that.”

Regardless of the icy ending with Brown, Smith-Schuster mentioned he’ll stay a fan. HBO viewers will get a close-up look of Brown and the Raiders on this season’s “Exhausting Knocks.”

“I will be tremendous excited to see what he does and what the staff does,” Smith-Schuster mentioned. “‘Exhausting Knocks’ can be fascinating to look at.”

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