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Jaguars Jalen Ramsey on Ravens Steve Smith: I don’t respect him as a man



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.”

Anthony DiMoro is the creator of Sports Rants and the CEO of Elite Rank Media. He is a former Contributor for Forbes and the Huffington Post where he covered sports, social media, and SEO. Anthony formerly hosted the 'Forbes SportsMoney Podcast'.