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Joey Porter Jr. Blasts Tyler Boyd’s Criticism of Steelers Culture: ‘He Wouldn’t Know’



Steelers CB Joey Porter Jr.
Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Joey Porter Jr. in a game against the Green Bay Packers on Nov. 12, 2023. -- Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

PITTSBURGH — Joey Porter Jr. disagrees with Tyler Boyd’s criticism about the Steelers locker room. On Wednesday, Boyd commented on the George Pickens drama that is dominating the airwaves, stating that the team still lacks camaraderie when things like that happen.

“It just shows the lack of camaraderie that’s over there,” Boyd told ESPN’s Ben Baby. “I can’t really talk for anybody, but like when things ain’t going well, you still gotta perform at a high level and do what you can to help your team. I saw a clip with him on a pick, it kind of looked like he wasn’t trying to chase it down. See, I don’t go about that. That’s something that they got to deal with. When things ain’t going good, that’s when your true colors show. I like to be the same player week in, week out, whether it’s going good or bad for me.”

Boyd has experience. He was on all of those bad Bengals teams that may seen some of this go on, and more than that, he is someone from Pittsburgh who played a Pitt, and knows the culture around the city. So, he has some interesting perspectives to talk about George Pickens and what he is doing here. But Porter does not believe that Boyd’s comments are indicative of what is occurring in the locker room/

“He wouldn’t know. He’s not in this locker room,” Porter said. “His opinion doesn’t matter..I feel he got a misread on it. He’s not in the locker room, so he doesn’t know what’s going on in the locker room.”

The narrative pushed over the last few weeks is that there is internal discord in the Steelers’ locker room. No one has come out and said that, and no one will say that, but there, at the very least, have been distractions that are hurting the team as they continue throughout the season. That’s a problem, even if what Boyd said is off base.