April Fool’s Day is a day that holds its own in the realm of stories and fake news. But Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell has taken it to a completely new level in the past two years.
April 1, 2016 was the first time that Bell struck with his prankster-type antics, announcing that he was planning on retiring from the NFL.
it’s been a great run with Steeler Nation, I will always have love 4 all my former teammates, coaches, & for all my fans! but gotta move on!
— Le’Veon Bell (@L_Bell26) April 1, 2016
However, this year’s tweet on April Fool’s Day is something that Steelers fans and players are not laughing about.
ppl can say literally whatever they wanna say…but idc, I will LITERALLY sit out the WHOLE YEAR before I decide to play on the tag!
— Le’Veon Bell (@L_Bell26) April 1, 2017
The Steelers already enter the season without knowing if quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is going to walk away from the game of football, but Bell has added to an uneasy feeling in the Steel City. If Pittsburgh were to lose both their starting quarterback and starting running back, the franchise might be on the verge of a severe meltdown (pun intended).
The tweet by Bell is one that doesn’t really make sense though, seeing as he could be one of the highest paid running backs in 2017. According to Pro Football Talk, “the franchise tender for Bell should come in at somewhere over $12.3 million.” Walking away from that kind of money is a joke in itself.
Whether Bell is joking or not, find a Steelers fan today and give them a hug, because they aren’t big fans of April Fool’s Day.