Cincinnati Bengals star Adam Jones claimed Monday on The Dan Patrick Show (via Pro Football Talk) that Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown was "faking it" while lying on the field in Saturday's Wild Card Round matchup.
The show posted Jones' full interview on YouTube, and his comments on Brown can be heard starting at the 3:27 mark:
In an interview with Inside the NFL, Jones said he will apologize to Brown only if Brown sits out next week:
Inside the NFL @insidetheNFL
.@REALPACMAN24 says he’ll apologize to @AntonioBrown84 under 1 condition. Watch the interview tonight at 9p ET/PT. https://t.co/XfHQAAMsFt2016-1-12 21:56:22
Brown was on the ground for several minutes after taking a hit to the head from Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict. He has since been diagnosed with a concussion.
Burfict's hit drew a 15-yard penalty and changed the entire trajectory of the game. As Brown was being tended to by trainers, Jones argued with Steelers personnel on the field and drew an additional 15-yard unsportsmanlike call. The 30 yards of penalties put Pittsburgh in field-goal range, and Chris Boswell nailed a 35-yard kick with 14 seconds left to give the Steelers an 18-16 win.
Jones later posted a profane rant on social media, which has since been deleted, but not before being captured by others and reposted (NSFW language):
Big Cat @BarstoolBigCat
Let's check in on Pacman Jones and his postgame thoughts...ok then https://t.co/z6KD2dongb2016-1-10 05:27:18
It's a sentiment he echoed later, questioning why Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter was on the field, per Mike Silver of NFL.com:
He ain't supposed to be on the (expletive) field! He was talking all kinds of (expletive), yelling at (Burfict), saying, "You a dirty son of a bitch ... Take your bitch ass out of here ..." So I turned to him and said, "Why are you talking?" I didn't even touch him. And they threw a flag.
How can they throw a flag on you for talking (expletive) to a coach? Especially to a (expletive) who ain't supposed to be on the field? It'd be different if I was gonna approach a (expletive) player. There's a big (expletive) difference. I mean, Mike Tomlin wasn't even on the field. Why the (expletive) is Joey Porter on the field, period?
Jones said Brown deserves an Academy Award for his acting on the play and doubled down on that Monday by offering a Grammy as well, per The Dan Patrick Show (via PFT).
The veteran cornerback is a free agent this offseason, and these rants cannot do much to help his reputation around the league. Jones has carried a reputation as a loose cannon dating back to the much-publicized off-field transgressions that nearly derailed his career.
While he's stayed out of trouble and developed into a solid all-around player, his propensity for bad decision-making will limit his market—especially as he enters his mid-30s.
Brown, meanwhile, remains in concussion protocol and will need to be cleared by an independent neurologist before returning to the field. The Steelers play the Denver Broncos in their divisional-round matchup Sunday at Mile High.
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