There appears to be some bad blood between Jacksonville Jaguars rookie cornerback Jalen Ramsey and Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith. It boiled over on the field as the two got into an exchange on the field after Baltimore’s 19-17 victory over Jacksonville and had to be separated.
If you ask Ramsey about the beef, Ramsey said he thinks Smith was upset because of the way Ramsey was covering him while also stating he has no respect for Smith.
“Ya’ll tell me who got in whose head,” Ramsey said. “He came up to me after the game, you feel me? Y’all tell me who got in whose head. He’s an old man acting like that.
“Ain’t nobody worried about him. He came up to me, you know what I’m saying, on some disrespectful stuff. The game’s over with. You still mad ’cause I was locking you up? All right, go sleep on that. I ain’t trying to hear that after the game.”
Smith had a solid game, hauling in 8 receptions, 4 of which came in the 4th quarter, for 87 yards. One of Smith’s receptions was a fourth-and-2 conversion on the Ravens’ game-winning drive.
With around 3 minutes left to play in the game Ramsey and Smith were both penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct stemming from an altercation the occurred after Jacksonville linebacker Paul Posluszny intercepted a pass from Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco.
“It is what it is,” Ramsey said. “As a player, he’s still a good player. I’ll say that about him. But I don’t respect him as a man.”
Smith fired back at Ramsey on Twitter on Sunday night saying “I got cleats with stronger thread [than] you!!!”
Smith also tweeted: “I gave U every opportunity to speak face to face . But you found your voice safely behind closed doors. Young man I don’t need ur respect!”
Continuing the dialogue, Smith appeared on ESPN’s Mike and Mike on Monday morning and said he will follow Ramsey after he retires at the end of the season.
“Guess what, 16 years, I’m done playing football and (will) sit behind a mic,” Smith said. “The eye in the sky doesn’t lie. I’m going to have a lot of Sundays to evaluate a lot of players. He will be a player I will be wearing my glasses with so I don’t miss anything.”
Ravens’ Alex Collins Arrested
Per the report: Officers responded to a report of a car that had crashed into a tree on the 10000 block of Dolfield Road at about 6:48 a.m. Friday morning, Baltimore County police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Peach said.
Collins, 24, was arrested, however charges were not made public at the time of this writing.
Ravens vice president of public relations Chad Steele told The Baltimore Sun that the team has spoken with law enforcement and is aware of the situation involving Collins.
Collins is coming off a down year with Baltimore after a breakout campaign in 2017. Collins managed only 411 yards rushing in 2018 and was placed on injured reserve back in December, ending his season early.
Ray Rice Says He Is Done With Football
Former NFL running back Ray Rice, who had been working to try and get a second chance in the NFL over the past couple of years, is no longer pursuing a comeback.
“The pressure I was under of being a star, that was the person I hated the most.”
Rice was suspended indefinitely back in 2014 when a video surfaces showing Rice punching his then-fiancee, now wife, Janay Rice while the two were alone in an elevator.
Rice was never picked up by another team following the conclusion of his suspension, and his release from the Baltimore Ravens.
Rice said that he sees “similarities” between his situation and the one of former Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt, who was recently cut loose by the team when a video surfaced showing him pushing and kicking a woman in a hallway.
“Somewhere down the line everybody who’s sayin’, ‘Does he deserve a second chance for football?’ And this that and the other— I actually got my second chance” Rice said of Hunt, who cleared waivers and is now a free agent.
“During my darkest moments, and I used to ask myself, ‘How could she even be—want to support me?’ … That’s understandable. But I think what’s misunderstood about us is that the friends we were before the incident. That’s why, like I said, when I look at Kareem Hunt, I wanna know what his life was like. I want to know what happened in life. I know Kareem has apologized, and has expressed remorse for survivors of domestic violence.”
Ravens Trying To Entice Fans With Lower Concession Prices
The Baltimore Ravens are attempting to win back fans and their latest plan is making a big step toward doing just that as the team announced on Tuesday that they will reduce concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium in 2018.
The Ravens have been on a mission to bring back fans who were angered by some players’ national anthem protests coupled with their 3-year playoff drought.
A series of moves have demonstrated their efforts. The team invited fans to ask questions at a media pre-draft news conference held a question-and-answer session with fans at the team facility with owner Steve Bisciotti, coach John Harbaugh and general manager Ozzie Newsome, and also have had team president Dick Cass meet and talk to fan clubs.
While the team has sold out every game during their 20-year history at M&T Bank Stadium, empty seats grew in numbers as the 2017 season wore on, and the no-shows are very obvious.
The organization is taking this initiative very seriously.
“It’s something I would really like to take a hard look at, and at least, come up with select items that we can do,” Bisciotti said back in February of this year.
“If it means us … I can’t make Aramark do that with me, but I can make them go along as long as it’s my share of the profits that I’m waiving. Yeah, I’d like to take a look at that. I think we could probably do that.”
There is an official news conference scheduled for Thursday where the Ravens will officially announce price reductions on concessions.
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