Steve Smith Sr. fires back at Jalen Ramsey: 'He didn't have anything to say' after loss

Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. celebrates while walking to the locker room after the win Sunday over the Jaguars.
Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. celebrates while walking to the locker room after the win Sunday over the Jaguars. (Phelan M. Ebenhack / AP)

After Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr.'s summer of friendly feuding, he needed only three weeks of regular-season ball to get back to "Ice up, son"-level drama.

On Sunday, Jacksonville Jaguars rookie cornerback Jalen Ramsey occasionally lined up against Smith in the Ravens' 19-17 road win. Smith finished with eight catches for 87 yards. Afterward, the two had an on-field altercation. Ramsey was not having it.


"Come up to me with some disrespectful stuff. The game over with," Ramsey told reporters. "You still mad because I was locking you up? All right. Go sleep on that. I ain't trying to hear that after the game."

"It is what it is," Ramsey added. "As a player, he's still a good player. I'll say that about him. But I don't respect him as a man."


Smith was not having that.

"In 5 to 10 u will be retiring and they will be taking my measurements for something you will NEVER BE. #HOFer," he wrote Sunday on Twitter. "I got cleats with stronger thread then you!!!"

As if a widely retweeted message wasn't enough, Smith went on ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike" on Monday morning as part of a new recurring role on the show. He was, of course, asked about Ramsey. He had some thoughts.

"Let's do Media 101: First, put your clothes on," Smith said. "Second, that was the sassiest head nodding I've seen from a young man that I want to see as a professional football player."

Then Smith got serious. He attributed his lack of matchups with Ramsey to his own football intelligence.

"So there's four spots that you can line up at: X, Z, Y and Zebra. I lined up in all four," he said. "It's not my fault that my ability to retain information and line up at multiple positions — I guess I'm learning what I need to do. ... I played my game, I played football. They lined me up in different positions because that's what they called and that's what I was told to do."

The nastiness began when Ramsey and Smith were penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct after an altercation following Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny's fourth-quarter interception of Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.

Guard Ryan Jensen got in the middle of a postplay scuffle, Smith said, and there was pushing and shoving, some by Smith. "And all of a sudden — bang! — I got hit in the back," he recounted. It was Ramsey. "I got up, and he said, 'I'm not scared of you.' I said, 'OK, cool. I'll see you after the game. I'm not scared of you.' "

The game ended. The Ravens won. Smith found Ramsey on the field.

1.) The Ravens are really, truly in sole possession of first place in the division.

"I had a little chitchat with him. He didn't have anything to say. Get into the locker room, he's talking. I wanted to give him every opportunity if he had anything to say right there right now, and he didn't take the opportunity. So he doesn't respect me as a man — hey, that's cool. You're not the first or the last. And actually, I've actually hung out with a lot better, savvier and well-throned DBs than him. So I'll be OK. It'll work out for me."

"Well throned" isn't a word, not yet, but it should be. Maybe we'll hear it during Smith's coming broadcasting career. A possible sampling: "Jalen Ramsey is in his third year in the league, and he's still not the well-throned player the Jags expected of a No. 5 overall pick." Sounds good, right?

"Honest guy don't lie," Smith said on the show. "I'm going to have a lot of Sundays to evaluate a lot of players, and he will be a player that I will be wearing my glasses with to make sure so I don't miss anything."

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