Former Steelers LeGarrette Blount Quickly Becoming New Villain
Nov 23, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (29) runs against the Detroit Lions during the fourth quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports
The Pittsburgh Steelers parted ways with LeGarrette Blount less than 24 hours following him walking off the field during the 4th quarter against the Titans and turning his back on his teammates. And, as much as I’d like to put this thing out to pasture, Blount decided this weekend to turn the screw and troll some old teammates.
Blount signed with the Patriots after passing through waivers and signed with the Patriots after no other team wanted him. It could have stopped there for all parties but it didn’t. Blount went ahead a gave a statement on Twitter of all places – an apology to the Steelers, the coaches, and his teammates. Something along the lines of “Thanks to the Steelers, the Rooney’s, blah blah blah.” It felt empty then and that emptiness was only exacerbated after reading statements and seeing the actions of Blount on Sunday.
Blount made some comments about his new old coach, Bill Belechick.
"Bill is a straightforward shooter. He’s a 100 percent honest person. I truly believe that if I do what I have to do, I’ll make myself a role on this team. Whatever I have to do, I’m going to do it to be productive. I’m going to stay ready, and whenever they call me to carry the ball, I’m going to go out there and do whatever I can to do to make them comfortable with the decision to bring me back."
While that all might appear simply lovey dovey for his old chum, Bill, I can’t help read the subtext laced amongst those words. It’s hard not to gather from what Blount said that he is completely undermining and undercutting his old Steelers coaching staff. Were Tomlin and Haley not 100% honest with Blount in what to expect for playing time each week? A simple miscommunication perhaps, that a juvenile Blount lashed out on?
Blount went on to score two touchdowns during his return in a Patriots uniform. It was a strange thing to see him actually do what he was brought in to do for the Steelers – score touchdowns inside the 10 yard line. After his first score, Blount performed a touchdown dance that looked awfully similar.
Without a doubt that is a variation of Antonio Brown’s touchdown dance. Homage to a former teammate? Or, is he simply just trolling his old teammates? Based on the actions that lead to Blounts ousting and now his comments from the weekend, I’m fairly certain that Blount is making a dig at Brown rather than honoring him. Even if that’s not the case, Blount is quickly becoming a new villain amongst the Steeler Nation faithful who were happy to see him exit the Steelers roster.