Freddie Kitchens says controversial shirt wasn’t a factor in Browns’ loss to Steelers; Pittsburgh players disagree

first_imgIt was no secret I was critical of coach earlier this season, but after spotting Freddie Kitchens rocking @gvartwork’s #PittsburghStartedIt shirt tonight, he’s A-OK in my 📚!Already got mine for THIS Sunday and this makes me even more PUMPED to wear it!! #CLEvsPIT #Browns— Pumpkinhead 🎃 (@PumpkinNation) November 30, 2019Kitchens’ shirt was the focus of fans and media alike Sunday. And while fans on social media were split in their reactions, players like Steelers guard David DeCastro were a bit more direct with criticism of the Browns coach’s decision to wear the shirt.Steelers OL David DeCastro on Freddie Kitchens shirt: “I thought it was pretty stupid. That’s a lot of bulletin board material. I don’t know why you do that as a coach. I just don’t get that. Of course it’s going to motivate us. What are you thinking? It’s just not smart.”— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) December 1, 2019DeCastro wasn’t the only Steeler to chime in. His linemate Ramon Foster offered some thoughts, as well, saying Kitchens put his players in “harm’s way” by wearing the shirt.”I know that our coach never would have done anything like that,” left guard Ramon Foster said, via ESPN. “Why throw gas? When you do something like that, you throw your players in harm’s way. He’s not on the field. You throw your players in harm’s way when you do stuff like that with a vengeance. And I hate that for them.” There has been no shortage of focus on the Browns’ wardrobe this season. First it was wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.’s watch, and now it’s coach Freddie Kitchens’ shirt.The day before the Steelers’ 20-13 victory over the Browns on Sunday, Kitchens was spotted wearing a shirt emblazoned with “Pittsburgh started it” while on his way to a screening of a movie. The shirt was a clear allusion to the Browns-Steelers brawl a couple weeks ago in Cleveland. Freddie Kitchens, coaching a team that’s super undisciplined and underachieving wore a shirt mocking an upcoming division rival in a game they had to win to stay alive in the wildcard game. The Saints are fighting for the 1 seed and the Browns out of the playoff. Same thing duh— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) December 1, 2019Kitchens defended his clothing of choice following the loss to the Browns’ biggest AFC North rivals.Kitchens on the T-shirt he wore: “Listen the t-shirt didn’t have anything to do with this. I wore a t-shirt I wore a jacket with it. My daughters wanted me to wear the shirt and I’d wear it again. I put a jacket on I covered it up and I took a picture with a fan…— Dianna (@diannaESPN) December 1, 2019…That was as simple as that. T-shirt didn’t cause us to give up 40-yard passes and we were ready to play. That’s the only thing that people need to be worried about, we were ready to play. #browns— Dianna (@diannaESPN) December 1, 2019And, of course, the Cleveland head man got support from his quarterback.Baker Mayfield on the Freddie Kitchens shirt: “It’s just a t-shirt. I’ve done much worse.”— Chris Adamski (@C_AdamskiTrib) December 1, 2019Well, whether or not the Steelers did start the brawl that resulted in more than 30 fines and suspensions, they certainly ended it — and dealt the Browns a major blow to their playoff hopes — on Sunday.last_img read more