CLEVELAND — Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones said he doesn’t like Cleveland Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor Sr. He demonstrated his point to reporters in the locker room following the Bengals’ 23-10 victory over the Browns on Sunday.
Jones stopped in the middle of a rant about Pryor, grabbed an empty trash can and started shaking it.
“Hey, you in there?” he yelled, rattling the trash can as his teammates started laughing. “You in there?”
During the interview session, Jones said he would only answer questions regarding Pryor.
“We’re talking about Pryor, nobody else,” he said.
Jones was asked several questions and repeated the phrase “Suck. What else?” several times in response.
“Pryor suck,” he said.
Dre Kirkpatrick and Jones shut Pryor down Sunday, limiting him to one catch for 3 yards. They both pointed that out several times during postgame interviews.
“How many catches?” a teammate asked Kirkpatrick.
“One catch, 3 yards,” Kirkpatrick said after pretending to ponder the question.
Kirkpatrick said he didn’t really have any issue with Pryor himself. Pryor was briefly with the Bengals last summer, when he still played quarterback. Kirkpatrick said he thought the feud started the last time the Bengals and Browns played, but he said he didn’t know what happened.
“If my teammate is in it, I’m in it,” Kirkpatrick said.
The issue between Jones and Pryor seemed to have started from a remark Pryor made to Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther after a game. Pryor told Guenther that his play would get Jones cut.
“He told my coordinator that he’s going to cut me after the game,” Jones said. “For a guy that’s been a slouch around the league at quarterback, played decent this year for his first year at wide receiver. I’m saying all this facade, all the fake hard [stuff] that he plays out on the field. That ain’t Terrelle. I checked his background. He’s a suburbs kid from Pittsburgh.
“Terrelle Pryor was right there the whole game,” he continued, “right there in the garbage can. Next question.”
Jones told the Cincinnati Enquirer earlier in the week that Pyror was “just a guy,” to which Pryor tweeted:
Said Jones: “I have the utmost respect for [Browns coach Hue Jackson], but certain s— I don’t tolerate from young punks basically. … He’s just arrogant. You could see it with his teammates. Could you all not see when he was pushing and cussing at [Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III] on the field?
“I don’t really don’t get into personal battles because I’ve got respect for a lot of people, but certain situations it just demands me to speak.”
Pryor left the locker room quickly after the game and was not available for postgame interviews.