If you haven’t noticed, the interweb is crazy for Jalen Ramsey. In an interview with GQ, the Jaguars cornerback went scorched Earth on the entire NFL, and everyone is up in arms. He called Matt Ryan “overrated,” noted that Eli Manning is carried by Odell Beckham Jr., and called Dak Prescott “okay.”
He briefly touched on Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, calling him “straight,” and saying “I don’t think he the best quarterback out there. But he do what he gotta do.”
While Stafford got off easy, Ramsey talked more about Golden Tate and his family. But before you get super defensive about the Lions receiver, realize most of Ramsey’s “criticism” came when talking to his girlfriend, Bre, who just happens to be Golden Tate’s sister. Here’s the exchange (Big L is Ramsey’s dad, Lamont)
“So Bre’s right here, and she trying to tell these people at GQ that if we have a Ramsey versus Tate Olympics, that they’ll beat us,” Ramsey tells “Big L,” when he picks up. “She said your knee’ll go bad and everything.” Lamont’s guffaw crackles over the speakerphone, competing with the restaurant’s early morning din: “I’ll make her dad throw all them ribs up he been sitting around eating.”
Like father, like son.
“He ain’t playing no games with your family,” Ramsey continues, after his dad hangs up, not yet sure he’s made his point. “And your family’s too short! I’m going up on top of all of them. Please let Golden guard me. I’m going up top on Golden.”
After practice, Tate had not heard the comments, but when a local reporter got him up to speed, Tate fired back. Would his family lose a flag football game to the Ramsey’s?
“I don’t think so, I don’t think so,” Tate quickly responded. “I really don’t think so, because I’m going to handle Jalen by myself.”
But could Jalen go over top of him, like the Pro Bowl corner suggested?
“No, he’s got to match my quickness, too,” Tate responded. “He’s an outside guy. He don’t want no business in the slot.”
When pushed a little further—specifically about Ramsey’s comments about Stafford—Tate made sure to get in an extra shot.
Tate: “He has his opinion. I don’t know, when’s the last time they played us?”
Reporter: “Two years ago.”
Tate: “What happened?”
Reporter: “You guys won. Made him cry, too.”
But Tate was quick to note that it’s all peace and love between families.
“Jalen, that’s one of the homies,” Tate said. “Tremendous talent, love watching him play, love watching him talk shit. He’s going to bring it every day. Happy he’s part of the family, man. He’s good people.”
Tate wouldn’t get into the rest of Ramsey’s opinions on NFL quarterbacks, saying he respects Ramsey’s right to say what he does, but also noting that he wasn’t going to get involved in Twitter beefs or any drama.
“I just try to stay in my lane and play football, because this is hard enough,” Tate said. “I don’t have time to get in Twitter fights and all that stuff.”
Of course, that apparently doesn’t include a little friendly war of the words between family.