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Steelers’ James Conner: TD celebration was not shot at Le’Veon Bell

Chris Adamski
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Steelers running back James Conner celebrates his touchdown against the Browns in the second quarter Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018 at Firstenergy Stadium Cleveland Ohio.

James Conner saw the clickbait headlines, but he scrolled right past them.

“Because it’s just made up,” the Pittsburgh Steelers running back said Wednesday about online and social media speculation that his celebration after scoring his first NFL touchdown Sunday was intended to slight teammate Le’Veon Bell.

“The media took it out of proportion trying to say I was trying to throw shade or something to Le’Veon when I celebrated with the linemen,” Conner said.

“I never understood that. They kind just made that up. I am an NFL running back, (and) I scored my first touchdown untouched. You don’t do that often as running back. So as soon as I scored, I went back and turned and celebrated with (offensive linemen). And people took it however they wanted to take it, but I was just showing love.”

Conner said he talked with Bell after the game.

— Chris Adamski

Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chris at [email protected] or via Twitter @C_AdamskiTrib.

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