The NFL announced earlier this week that A.J. Green will not be suspended for the fight with Jacksonville cornerback Jalen Ramsey, but that hasn’t stopped everyone from wondering what it was that set off Green.
What could possibly have been said that would turn one of the most chill guys in the league into a body-slamming, head-punching machine? Was it personal? Was it about his family? Did Ramsey cross the line?
Ramsey met with the media yesterday and my man was rolling. First off, he wants you to know one thing: he didn’t talk about families, but he did bring truth. He brought 65 seconds of absolute straight fire.
“I was out there just spitting facts to him and he got mad. I lock receivers down physically and then mentally. I get in their mind and get under their skin. I talk my talk whatever I’m going to say. It’s rumors out there that I said some deep personal stuff, but that’s not true. I get out there and do my thing and talk bleep, but I don’t talk about nobody’s wife, nobody’s kids or family. I don’t do that.’’
Now that we have that cleared up and there was no mention of wives, kids, or families, what did he say? Oh, Ramsey is only too happy to tell you that: “I told him almost every play that he was weak, that he was soft. Them is straight facts. He just couldn’t handle the truth. I told him that his time was almost up.”
As incredible as the fight was, those four sentences might have been even better. Let me repeat that: “I told him almost every play that he was weak, that he was soft. Them is straight facts. He just couldn’t handle the truth. I told him that his time was almost up.”
Weak? Soft? After nearly every play? And then telling the media that “them is straight facts”? Amazing. I love a second-year corner telling a wideout who’s on pace for his sixth 1,000 yard season in seven years that “his time was almost up.”
And the delivery is even better than the words themselves. Ramsey’s not angry, or passionate, or fired up when he says that to reporters. He’s saying it in the exact same tone that you’d say that the sky is blue and water is wet. In other words, he wasn’t saying that Green is “weak” or “soft” to get under Green’s skin, he was saying it because he believes it.
And what about the push from Ramsey that started the fight? Ramsey wants to correct the record on that, too.
“I pushed him every single play. You can go back and look at the film, I pushed him every single play. I told him to stop putting his hand on me.”
So why did Green fall on the last push? Ramsey has a theory on that, too.
“He just fell because he’s weak. It wasn’t a late push, the whistle hadn’t blown yet. I wasn’t going to get flagged for that push. No flags came out until he grabbed me. At the end of the day, I took it and yes I was hot because I got kicked out and I wanted my money’s worth. If I knew I was going to be kicked out I would have fought back easily.”
But ultimately, as brutal a verbal beatdown as that was, Ramsey understands where Green is coming from. Ramsey gets it. “If I was a receiver and had to line up across from myself I would try to figure out the easiest route to get off the field, too.”
BOOM! STRAIGHT FREAKING FIRE. I’m so good that if I had to line up across from me, I’d try to get ejected too, just to get out of the game. There aren’t enough mic drops or explosions for that line. Or really for Ramsey’s whole rant. But the best thing about it is that it’s not a rant. It’s just a guy talking to the media in the most matter of fact way and absolutely tearing apart one of the best receivers in the game.
Jalen Ramsey, keep being you. Keep doing your thing. And keep spitting facts.