Another week, another cornerback who fires a shot at Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr.
A week after Dallas Cowboys rookie Anthony Brown said he no longer had respect for Smith, the Cincinnati Bengals' Dre Kirkpatrick took Smith to task after he recorded four receptions for 20 yards in the Ravens' 19-14 win at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday.
"Eighty-nine said I was trash," Kirkpatrick said of Smith, according to comments distributed to reporters. "If I'm trash, what did he do today? [Expletive], clean that up. Who was trash today? He said what he had to say last year. I just wanted to let him know, am I trash now? Eighty-nine looked to trash me, but he didn't do anything."
Kirkpatrick was referring to last year's meeting in Baltimore, which Cincinnati won, 28-24. After catching his second touchdown in that game, Smith, who finished with 13 receptions for 186 yards, was caught on camera calling Kirkpatrick and cornerback Adam Jones "trash" before using an expletive to describe free safety George Iloka.
Kirkpatrick joins a growing list of cornerbacks who have taken issue with Smith. Jacksonville rookie Jalen Ramsey got the ball rolling, and Brown made his feeling known after Dallas' 27-17 victory. When asked on Wednesday about the criticism, Smith, 37, told Cincinnati reporters, "I can really give a flying [expletive]."
Smith declined to talk after Sunday's win, which included his second unnecessary-roughness penalty in as many games.
In the first quarter, on third-and-5 at the Bengals' 9-yard line, defensive end Carlos Dunlap sacked quarterback Joe Flacco for a 10-yard loss. After the play, Smith was flagged for head-butting outside linebacker Vontaze Burfict in the abdominal area after Burfict shoved Smith to the turf on a crossing route.