The Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns don’t need any extra motivation against each other as co-members of the AFC North.
But that hasn’t stopped Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase from sending a shot over the Browns’ bow and Cleveland defensive end Myles Garrett from returning fire.
The dust-up started with Chase calling Cleveland “another game” before taking shots at the Browns’ alternate elf logo.
“It feels like a regular game to me,” the Bengals wideout said, according to cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot. “It don’t feel no different. It’s just the hooping and hollering about the Cleveland Browns. I was about to call them the elves, but yeah.”
Chase claimed he didn’t really “hear” any chirping from Cleveland players.
“Uh, I don’t really hear it,” he said when asked if he’s tired about all the talk about the Browns. “If you ask me, I don’t really pay attention to it because Cleveland is Cleveland. I look forward to the matchups that we have when we’re facing them, but other than that, I don’t really be caring.”
Chase claiming not to care didn’t stop Garrett from receiving the message.
“See now that was disrespectful,” Garrett said Friday. “He didn’t have to go there. The elves was probably … he knew better. We might have to have a discussion before or after the game, maybe during if I see him. But yeah the elves is a little bit too far.”
It should be fun when the Browns and Bengals face off on Sunday in Week 1 action.