Steelers blast Kitchens for controversial shirt

PITTSBURGH — Cleveland Browns coach Freddie Kitchens downplayed his “Pittsburgh Began It” T-shirt within the aftermath of his group’s 20-13 loss, however Steelers gamers blasted the coach for placing his group in a foul place.

“I do know that our coach by no means would have finished something like that,” left guard Ramon Foster stated. “Why throw fuel? Whenever you do one thing like that, you throw your gamers in hurt’s manner. He is not on the sector. You throw your gamers in hurt’s manner while you do stuff like that with a vengeance. And I hate that for them.”


Foster added: “You simply do not see that from higher administration. All of us received to develop as professionals in some sense. I am glad Coach T [Mike Tomlin] does not do something like that.”

The 2 coaches have traded their share of barbs within the rivalry. Throughout an ESPN interview over the summer time, Tomlin made a yawning movement when requested about going through Odell Beckham Jr. twice a 12 months after the extensive receiver was traded to the Browns from the Giants.


Kitchens, whose birthday was Friday, was photographed sporting a “Pittsburgh Began It” shirt to see the Mr. Rogers biopic “It is a Stunning Day within the Neighborhood” on Friday evening.

The shirt referenced the brawl between the groups two weeks in the past when Browns defensive finish Myles Garrett hit Steelers QB Mason Rudolph within the head with a helmet, setting off a melee and incomes an indefinite suspension.

“I wore a T-shirt,” Kitchens stated after the sport. “I wore a jacket with it. My daughters wished me to put on the shirt. I might put on it once more. I placed on a jacket, I lined it up, I took an image, that was easy as that. A T-shirt did not trigger us to surrender 40-yard passes. We have been able to play. That is the one factor folks should be involved about. We have been able to play.”

Baker Mayfield, who regularly despatched messages by his shirt selections throughout his faculty profession at Oklahoma, did not touch upon Kitchens’ shirt in his postgame information convention.

“I do not actually have a touch upon that,” Mayfield stated. “It is only a T-shirt. I’ve finished a lot worse.”

By sporting the shirt in public, Kitchens seemingly escalated tensions between the 2 groups after it appeared that feelings have been cooling between the golf equipment within the week main as much as the rematch.

“I assumed it was fairly silly,” Steelers offensive lineman David DeCastro stated. “That is plenty of bulletin board materials. I do not know why you do this as a coach. I simply do not get that. After all it is going to encourage us. What are you pondering? It is simply not good.”