Le'Veon Bell Rap EP Leads to Twitter Trolls, Injury Wish Amid Contract Holdout

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJuly 26, 2018

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) plays in an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
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After announcing Wednesday on Twitter that he is set to release a rap EP, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell was the subject of heavy criticism.

Bell has yet to report to the Steelers, and he is expected to hold out for the duration of training camp before playing the 2018 season under the franchise tag.

Twitter user Sadlstlk was so upset with Bell's decision to focus on music that he wished injury upon the running back:

🕊 @SadlstIk

@joshcrawford_17 @LeVeonBell I hope he tears his ACL this season

While that was perhaps the most vicious reply, many others called for Bell to join his team.

Mac @macpsu03

@LeVeonBell The rest of your TEAM is at camp working and your lazy ass is on twitter. #gettowork

Dan From The D @DanielFord124

@LeVeonBell Are you serious? How about focus on football not your shit rap songs.

Adrian Wojnarowski 💭 @WojBurner

@LeVeonBell https://t.co/XnNW3GmsMR

Brett Kostoff @kostoff2

@LeVeonBell All your "teammates" are at camp.... https://t.co/GVMD9oYUuF

Antonio @anton_yoo

@LeVeonBell https://t.co/1HVEasmubf

Travis Bickle @SportIris1976

@LeVeonBell I speak for alot of Steelers fans when i say i wish you weren't coming back this year and glad you won't be back next year...With the depth the steelers have at the RB position ,they can win a Super Bowl without you and will prove that again next year with out your selfish BS.


The 26-year-old Bell is coming off another highly productive season that saw him rush for 1,291 yards and nine touchdowns, while reeling in 85 receptions for 655 yards and two scores through the air.

Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, Bell's agent, Adisa Bakari, said 2018 will likely be Bell's final season with the Steelers after failing to reach a long-term contract extension.

Despite the drama surrounding his contract status in recent years, there is little doubt Bell will be among the most highly sought after players on the open market if he hits free agency next offseason.