Steelers WR Antonio Brown Calls Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict 'an Idiot'

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistFebruary 4, 2016

There has been some time for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals to calm down from their heated matchup in the Wild Card Round, but there's still not much love between the teams.

On Thursday, Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown brought the rivalry back to life while doing his rounds for Super Bowl week. And he didn't hold back when talking about his AFC North rivals.

Brown, of course, was on the receiving end of a high hit by Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict in the final minute of the game—a hit that concussed the wideout. Burfict was flagged for the hit, and Cincinnati cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones had an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty tacked on while trainers were attending to Brown.

Those two penalties set the Steelers up for the game-winning field goal, which ended the Bengals' season in stunning fashion.

The playmaking wideout missed the Steelers' next game, a 23-16 loss to the Denver Broncos in the divisional round.

On The Dan Patrick Show on Thursday, Patrick asked Brown what he would say to Burfict. The Pittsburgh star summed up his feelings in three words: "He's an idiot."

Brown discussed the hit and addressed whether or not he winked at Pacman on his way off the field, as Jones alleged. To put it simply, the four-time Pro Bowler said he was not faking an injury and denied winking.

Brown also went on The Cook and Poni Show on 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh (h/t CBS Pittsburgh) on Thursday and talked about the end of the playoff game. Brown said he feels like defenders are trying "to kill" him rather than find a way to stop him. Brown also said Pacman has reached out to him via text—but the Steelers receiver hasn't responded.

Cincinnati and Pittsburgh will play each other at least twice next season. If players from both teams continue to talk about each other, those games could be just as wild as their playoff battle.

[Dan Patrick]

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