Bengals’ Ja’Marr Chase takes credit for second-quarter brawl with Chiefs: ‘I started it’


Cincinnati Bengals Wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase spoke before, during and after their loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

In the week before the game, Chase said Kansas City didn’t “have a jalen ramsey” in his secondary tone, saying he was simply “adding fire to the fuel” of the rivalry.

Officials stand between Chiefs safety Mike Edwards and Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase on Dec. 31, 2023, at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. (Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

During the second quarter on Sunday 25-17 Kansas City victoryChase was assessed an unnecessary roughness penalty after getting into a shoving match with Chiefs cornerback L’Jarius Sneed.

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After the game, Chase continued talking.

“I’m just talking trash. I can’t stand it,” Chase said after the game when asked about the fight with Sneed.

“I started it,” Chase added when asked who instigated the trash talk. “His entire defense was mad at me. It started from the beginning of the game. You’ve seen it. Everyone has seen it. That’s just what I like to do.”

Chase also seemed to double down on his criticism of Kansas City’s secondary, saying the Chiefs’ defense has “a good forward. That’s all.”

Ja'Marr Chase runs for first down

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase runs for a first down as Chiefs defensive tackle Tershawn Wharton defends, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2023, in Kansas City. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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The star receiver had three catches for 41 yards as Cincinnati fell to 8-8 on the season and was eliminated from playoff contention.

“We had some words during the game,” Sneed said after the game, according to The Kansas City Star. “But, you know, check the stats.”

It was a frustrating season for Cincinnati after losing quarterback joe burrow to a wrist injury that ended his season in mid-November.

The Bengals won three straight to move to 8-6 before losing their final two games.

Zac Taylor celebrates with Jake Browning

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor celebrates with Jake Browning after a touchdown at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium on December 31, 2023, in Kansas City, Missouri. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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“He’s one of the best players on planet Earth,” head coach Zac Taylor said of Burrow, “but that’s just part of life. And you know, you have to be able to deal with it and move on. We’re not the The only team that deals with losing players. I’m proud of the way this team continued to fight. Proud of the way Jake [Browning] stepped in and continued to lead. This team did not support anyone. “Things haven’t gone our way the last two weeks, but that doesn’t mean I’m not proud of what these guys did.”

Kansas City clinched its eighth consecutive AFC West title with the Week 17 victory.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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