Bengals vast receiver A.J. Green snapped, he stated, due to low cost pictures he felt Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey was taking. Green, who, together with Ramsey, was ejected on the finish of the primary half, apologized to his teammates privately earlier than issuing a public apology in postgame interviews.
“It’s football,” Green stated, through quotes distributed by the Jaguars. “Things get a little rough out there. When you start to take cheap shots when I’m not looking, that’s when I have to defend myself. I’m not going to back down from anybody. I have a son, and I’m not going to teach him to back down from anybody. It’s a respect thing. I respect all my opponents that I go against, but when it gets to a level when I’m not looking that puts myself in danger, I will have to defend myself. He was talking the whole time, and I was just blocking it out. I can handle that.”
Green and Ramsey have been a number of yards downfield, not concerned in a working play up the center within the waning seconds of the primary half. Green positioned his arms on Ramsey, and Ramsey reacted by shoving Green to the bottom from behind. Green jumped up, put Ramsey in a chokehold and threw him to the bottom earlier than throwing punches at Ramsey’s helmet.
“We were just running the clock out, and I turned my back and he shoved me,” Green stated. “That’s not football. I’m not going to tolerate disrespect like that. I know we can’t fight on the field. He got under my skin, and I can’t let that happen. I’ve been the ultimate pro this long, and I can’t let little things like that get to me. I shouldn’t have reacted that way and I apologized to my teammates. That’s not who I am. It just got the best of me today.”
Afterward, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis supplied little to clarify what set off Green.
“Well, he was set off by something, and we’ll keep that at what it was. You know . . .,” Lewis stated, refusing to expound in follow-up questions.
Green, who vows it gained’t occur once more, is aware of he may face a suspension for his actions.
“As a player, as a man, and a father, that’s a reflection of me,” Green stated. “I should have walked off in that whole situation. I definitely learned from this experience. It’s never going to happen again. I regret my actions. Whatever the punishment, I accept it. I put myself in that situation.”
The Bengals trailed 13-7 at halftime, with Green making just one catch for six yards. They had no hope of coming again within the second half with out their greatest playmaker.
“Well it changes things,” Lewis stated of not having Green within the second half. “There’s things that . . . obviously it changes your plan, and you know, that’s big. We lose one of our best players.”