Cincinnati Bengals star wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase did not have too many nice things to say about the Cleveland Browns ahead of their Week 1 matchup. The two-time Pro Bowler disrespected Cleveland by calling them “elves” before the two teams faced off on Sunday.
Well, Browns fans were looking forward to the outspoken Bengals star eating his own words after Cleveland took Cincinnati down in an unexpected 24-3 blowout on the season’s first Sunday night of football.
Ja’Marr Chase Throws More Shade on Browns After Loss
If Cleveland fans were waiting on an apology from the Cincinnati star, then they will be bitterly disappointed. In fact, a frustrated Chase took the opportunity to throw even more shade at the Browns in his post-game interview:
“It’s frustrating because I called their a** elves and we just lost to some elves so I’m pissed on my part,” Chase said (h/t Josh Alped of PFT) “I’m pissed on that end. We missed opportinites, we didn’t capitalize on that shit and we lost.”
Not only did he refuse walk back on his initial slander, but the 23-year-old decided to double down on his “elves” jab.
Ja’Marr did all he could to help his team in this one, but he finished the game with just five catches for 39 yards. It clearly was not enough against a determined Cleveland side.
Myles Garrett Claps Back at Ja’Marr Chase’s Savage Jab
Apart from calling them elves, Chase also said before the game that “Cleveland is Cleveland” — and he wasn’t exactly praising the city with this statement. Browns star Myles Garrett caught wind of the disrespectful dig, and the former decided to use Chase’s own statement against him after Cleveland’s big win:
“You know, ‘Cleveland is Cleveland,’” Garrett told PFT by phone. “Well, we’re going to make that a great thing instead of what they’re trying to make it out to be.”
“… We know what we could do,” Garrett said. “We know what we’re capable of and we want to be respected just as much as anyone else. So then we came out with a little bit of fire.”
According to Garrett, Cleveland took Chase’s initial remarks and turned it into motivation ahead of their Week 1 showdown:
“I mean you’re always looking for some kind of motivation not only for yourself, but for the team that’ll get them ready to play,” Garrett said. “You know, something to focus in on and rally the troops and that was like a rallying point for us.”
It sounds like Ja’Marr Chase’s savagery may have back fired on him and the Bengals on this particular occasion.