That it has been a brutal week for Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool seems obvious, given that it started with the NFL playoff team’s 48-37 elimination by rival Cleveland Browns.
But somehow things have only gotten worse since then.
On Thursday, he was forced to state that he spoke to “friends” who play for the Browns to tone down inflammatory statements he made in several places regarding their behavior during last Sunday night’s game at Heinz Field and his lack of confidence in their ability to challenge the Super Bowl Champion Chiefs this weekend.
After that crushing loss to the Browns – which came after the Steelers won the AFC North Division and entered the game favored by a touchdown – Claypool said on TikTok: “A bad loss, but the Browns are going to be. cheer next week, so that’s all good. “
As the lowest seed remaining in the playoffs, the Browns are due to travel to KC for a game on Sunday at 3:15 p.m. at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs won the No. 1 seed in the AFC with a 14-2 regular season. Claypool suspects they will be upgraded. It’s a common opinion, but not everyone who holds it expresses it publicly, and few of those who do have to play against the Browns twice a season.
Claypool didn’t stop there. In an interview with DAZN Canada for its “Rookie Diaries” program, Claypool took it a step further with host Adnan Virk.
“Someone just asked me for a scoring prediction, and that was kind of a way for me to say that I think the Chiefs are going to beat the Browns,” Claypool told DAZN. “I think if the Browns had won with more class, then I wouldn’t have been so salty about it. But they made fun of JuJu (Smith-Schuster) during the match and after the match just didn’t suit me.
Virk asked: “What exactly were they doing?” Claypool replied, “They were just super classless against JuJu, towards JuJu, which they were saying on the pitch at the end of the game. I’m not going to have any respect for a team that doesn’t respect us.
Being angry to see a teammate abused by the opposition is not problematic. It is preferable. But when a team loses as decisively as the Steelers, such warnings would be best delivered in private.
Virk pointed out that Browns players responded to his comments, including defensive end Adrian Clayborn, saying, “Go on vacation already, young man. Claypool didn’t take that advice, at least not immediately.
“I don’t mind,” Claypool said. “They can enjoy the victory and another week of football. But they’ll be on the couch next week, right next to me, so it’s okay.
When clips from that interview began to take to Twitter on Thursday, Claypool opted to back down on them a bit. Which could be even more baffling than any of his criticisms of the Browns.
“It’s an OLD interview that happens right after the fact”, Claypool said in a tweet, a curious attempt at an apology given that the match ended three days earlier. So it’s not that old.
“I talked to friends about the Browns and that’s all the love! Hoping that nothing but the best for the rest of the playoffs! Go represent the division. “
As you can see, this vacation idea isn’t bad.