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Last season, Chad Johnson said he would hit Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis in the mouth.

During yesterday's conference call, the loquacious Cincinnati Bengals receiver took aim at another Raven - linebacker Bart Scott.

"When you see Bart, you tell him he don't have to be so damn rude," Johnson told Baltimore reporters. "Bart is mean. I'm just trying to talk friendly [during games] and he's just cursing me out, telling me to get my [butt] back in the huddle, [expletive] me, you know, [stuff] like that.

"And this year, if he tries that again, I'm gonna hit him in the mouth."

Scott, probably the Ravens' biggest trash talker, responded with tongue firmly pressed against his cheek.

"No, I'm a nice guy," said Scott, who was wearing his "Madbacker" T-shirt. "This shirt is actually an oxymoron. I'm actually the 'Nice Happy Backer,' and whenever I see Chad I'm always shooting him comments, like: 'Nice gold [teeth],' 'Hey you look good in blond,' 'Cool Mohawk,' '[Pop singer] Gwen Stefani's mohawk is nothing compared to yours.' All that good stuff."

But what about Johnson's threat to hit him?

"Oh, that's Chad," Scott said. "He's such a nice guy, he wouldn't bust a grape in a food fight. I always call him the Dave Chappelle of football - non-stop entertainment - and I wish him the best in his career outside of football when he gets to that comedy stage."

The Ravens have heard from Johnson before. It was only 10 months ago when Johnson said he would hit Ray Lewis "in the mouth" and he instead got popped on the field by Ravens safety Ed Reed.

Johnson finished his conference call by promising he would put on a show Monday night.

"I don't know if y'all allowed to have popcorn wherever y'all sitting at, but you need to get some," he said. "It's like going to the movies. When you watch a horror movie, you sit on the edge of your seat and you don't know what's coming. That's the same thing when I'm playing - you don't know what's coming. You know something's going to happen."

jamison.hensley@baltsun.com

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