Pittsburgh Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster planned on winning the lottery in order to get Le’Veon Bell back on the squad.
A lucky individual in South Carolina scooped up the winnings of more than a billion dollars. That probably was pretty disappointing for the young NFL star because he spent $120 on tickets. What was his plan? Use the potential winnings to end Bell’s holdout.
JuJu Smith-Schuster bought 100-plus Mega Millions tickets this week. As his interview concluded, he said, “I tried to win it so we could get Le’Veon back. It didn’t work.”
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) October 24, 2018
— JuJu Smith-Schuster (@TeamJuJu) October 24, 2018
Now, that’s a real teammate. Not exactly a smart financial decision by any metric, but real still recognizes real. How many people would play the lottery in the hopes of winning millions of dollars that could then be handed off to a billion dollar organization? The answer isn’t many at all. (RELATED: Pittsburgh Steelers Superstar Reportedly Makes Decision If He Will Return To The Team)
You know Smith-Schuster is probably missing Bell like hell right now, and thought this was a genius plan.
Obviously, $120 to a guy on a $4 million deal isn’t going to break the bank, but it’s still a lot of money to essentially be pissing away. As they say, the lottery is a tax on stupid people. I’m not sure I fully believe that, but I understand the logic.
I guess the Steelers will just have to find a different way to end the electric running back’s holdout. You know, they might just decide to pay the man. I know that’s a wild idea, but 2018 has been a crazy year.