A.J. Green is praised for his professionalism and ability to stay out of the spotlight for anything other than his ability to catch footballs. So it was really surprising when Green, for some reason, thought it would be ok to put Jaguars defensive back Jalen Ramsey in a chokehold and punch him in the helmet.
The incident led to Green getting tossed from the game, which made sense, because putting someone in a chokehold and punching them in the helmet falls under the “Extremely Illegal” portion of most rulebooks. But what was even more surprising was that Ramsey also got ejected, which was absurd because the officials more or less said he deserved to get tossed for instigating the situation.
There is an argument to be made that getting under someone’s skin is bad, but getting tossed for shoving someone before you get locked in a chokehold is a stretch. Ramsey wasn’t happy with the decision to throw him out, and according to ESPN, he didn’t calm down once he got into the locker room.
According to multiple sources, Ramsey was then seen being restrained by Jaguars personnel and EverBank Stadium security. He was spotted heading toward the Bengals’ locker room before he was restrained, and as the Bengals came in at halftime, he started screaming profanities once he spotted them. Ramsey was also heard yelling that he was going to go find Green once security let him go.
Ramsey did not go in the locker room and was told to return to the Jaguars’ locker room and did, a source said.
Ramsey is known for being someone who won’t back down from anyone — here’s what he said after getting into it with Steve Smith last season — so between that and the whole “he got put in a chokehold” thing, it’s not stunning he wasn’t happy with how things went down with Green. He did manage to get the last laugh even if he didn’t make his way into Cincinnati’s locker room, as Jacksonville ended up being the Bengals, 23-7.