The Cincinnati Bengals’ season is over but Adam Jones refuses to go gentle into that good night.
The Bengals lost a thrilling wildcard game against the Steelers after Jones’s team-mate Vontaze Burfict was penalised for a hit on Pittsburgh receiver Antonio Brown. The Bengals were then slapped with another 15-yard penalty after Jones made contact with Steelers linebackers coach Joey Porter, bringing Pittsburgh into range for a game-winning field goal.
“Nah, Antonio Brown was not hurt,” Jones said on The Dan Patrick Show. “I know he was faking it. Go back and look at the play. If you go back in slow motion, you tell me Vontaze hit him in the head, or if his shoulder pads barely touched him.”
Brown suffered a concussion after Burfict’s tackle but Jones said the receiver winked at him as he was taken off the field. “I think he needs a Grammy award for that one.”
Jones strongly criticised the officials in an Instagram post after the game – which was subsequently deleted – but reiterated his disatisfaction again on Monday.
“The point is, everybody want to talk about Vontaze and the way he plays,” Jones said. “But if you go back and watch the film, watch the film of the whole game. It’s not just like when we play against them, it’s every time they play against somebody. If you go back and watch the whole game in slow-motion, different part even when 73 [Steelers offensive lineman Ramon Foster] after the play kicks him in his heel – I mean blatantly, he’s just walking back to the huddle, he kicks him – they threw that one. If you go just go back and watch the whole game, you’ll be surprised with the film.”
Burfict faces a suspension for his hit on Brown.
The Steelers will play the Denver Broncos this weekend for a place in the AFC Championship game.