Tuesday, January 2, 2024
Year : 1, Issue : 18
Kenny Pickett has a bone to pick with those who spread the rumor that he would not dress as Mason Rudolph’s backup quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Week 17 game against the Seattle Seahawks.
Pickett opened his media availability Tuesday with a statement on how the reports were not true.
“I saw reports out there that I feel like were attacking my character and how I am as a person, not even getting into a player standpoint of it, there was no talk of me being a backup quarterback this week in terms of being a 2,” he said in a video posted by ESPN reporter Brooke Pryor. “If I was healthy enough to play and the trainers and coaches felt like I looked good enough to play, I was going to start and play. If they believed that I was not, which they believed I was not, I was not gonna dress and suit up for the game.
“So whoever reported that, I don’t know where it started, it’s kind of crazy what people will write and put out there to try to prove their point or help their standpoint or their careers in what you guys do. But disappointed to see that without any proof or basis of it.”
Pittsburgh radio host Mark Madden of 105.9 The X said on X on Monday that “Pickett 100 percent refused to be the backup.”