Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs, who is well known in New England for his dislike of the Patriots and Tom Brady, apparently also does not like players who admire Brady.
Suggs did not receive a penalty for his smack to the head of Bengals receiver Jerome Simpson in Baltimore's 13-7 win Sunday, although the league undoubtedly will take a look at the play. According to Suggs, the reason for his hit was because of what Simpson said about the Patriots quarterback.
"He came saying Tom Brady was his favorite quarterback," Suggs said with a laugh. "So, it was instantly beef. It was rap beef, though, it wasn't street beef."
On the play leading up to the confrontation, Suggs was demolished on a block by Bengals offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth, who pushed Suggs back, knocked off his helmet, flattened him and then landed on top of him. While Suggs was on all fours, Simpson picked up Suggs' helmet and handed it to him, apparently making his comment about Brady. Suggs got up and landed a hard right hand to Simpson's facemask. Simpson held out his hands awaiting a flag, but none was thrown.
"I was getting into it with him all day, exchanging words," Suggs said. "I could have cost my team. I've got to be better in that area. Luckily, I got away with one. Usually, I don't get away with anything. They were too busy looking for the spot of the ball."
To see the video of the play, check the LEEInks blog.
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