Last year about this time, LeâVeon Bell decided to put a scare into Steelers fans by with the team.
Everyone freaked out before remembering it was April Foolâs Day.
The memory must be pretty fresh because almost no one believed Bell when he tweeted Saturday that he is going to sit out the entire season if the Steelers donât work out a long-term deal and simply pay him on the franchise tag.
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
Most of the replies to the tweet were people telling him they didnât buy the prank.
@L_Bell26 April fools— Matthew G (@Mr_Grossi) April 1, 2017
@L_Bell26 About as bad as an April Fool's joke can get. No way the best RB in league sits out a year. This is just as bad as them bars you spit....— A.A-L (@LoSoSpAdEz) April 1, 2017
Although not everyone was cool about the situation. Even Najeh Davenport bit!
Just in case, ESPNâs Jeremy Fowler decided to check in on the reality of the situation. Bell was indeed joking.
Quality prank by Le’Veon Bell on sitting out 2017 if on tag. Double checked and it’s indeed an April Fools.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) April 1, 2017
The Steelers probably appreciate the confirmation, because they certainly want Bell in the action this season.
Whatâs funny is that more people believe that LeâVeon Bell might sit out the year on April Foolâs Day than people believed Ben Roethlisberger might retire months ago.