Bengals star wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase is making headlines ahead of the highly anticipated Week 1 matchup against the Cleveland Browns.
Ja’Marr-Chase recent comments sparked controversy, reminiscent of former Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster’s infamous “The Browns is the Browns” remark.
During a media session, Chase expressed his nonchalant attitude towards the upcoming clash with the Browns, stating, “It feels like a regular game to me, it don’t feel no different. It’s just the hooping and hollering about the Cleveland Browns. I was about to call them the elves.”
Chase’s reference to the “elves” because of their on-field logo seemed to annoy fans and players.
When asked about the Browns’ recent success against the Bengals, Chase brushed off the statistics, saying, “I don’t really hear it. If you ask me, I don’t really pay attention to it because Cleveland is Cleveland.”
"It's a regular game to me."
"It's just the hooping and hollering about the Cleveland Browns. I was about to call them the elf's (elves)."
— Jeremy Rauch (@FOX19Jeremy) September 7, 2023
Chase’s comments didn’t sit well with Browns defensive end Myles Garrett, who called the remarks disrespectful.
Garrett labeled it as “bulletin board material” and added, “He didn’t have to go there. The elves was probably … he knew better. We might have to have a discussion before or after the game, maybe during if I see him. But yeah, the elves is a little bit too far.”
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) September 8, 2023
The Browns have indeed had the upper hand in recent matchups against the Bengals, winning eight of their past ten encounters.
With tensions rising and emotions running high, the Week 1 showdown promises to be an intense battle on and off the field.
Chase’s words have added fuel to the fire, ensuring that this rivalry game will be closely watched by fans and analysts alike.