Bengals' Joe Mixon: Selling Tickets to Neutral AFC Championship Is 'Disrespectful'

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 19, 2023

CINCINNATI, OH - JANUARY 15: Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (28) warms up before the game against the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals on January 15, 2023, at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati, OH. (Photo by Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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Cincinnati Bengals star Joe Mixon took exception to the NFL's forward planning.

Tickets for a potential neutral-site AFC Championship Game between the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs have gone on sale, which didn't go unnoticed by the 2021 Pro Bowler.

"To be honest, it's disrespectful," Mixon told reporters Wednesday. "But, we're not worried about that s--t. Like I said, we got a game to play Sunday, right? So, you can't count us out."

Ticket pre-sales for playoff games are common practice because it allows fans to prepare well in advance for the event. You can already buy tickets for a possible AFC title game matchup between the Bengals and Jacksonville Jaguars in Cincinnati, for example.

Geoff Schwartz @geoffschwartz

They are already selling tickets for the Bengals to host the AFCCG. So disrespectful to the Chiefs and Bills. <a href="https://t.co/G9MO8OlQug">https://t.co/G9MO8OlQug</a>

Players and coaches always look for the proverbial whiteboard material, and their senses are always heightened during the postseason. They're not above manufacturing slights, either.

It's not as if Mixon and his teammates need any additional motivation ahead of Sunday's AFC divisional round clash with the Buffalo Bills, but maybe they found some thanks to the NFL.