Canada’s biggest NFL star is struggling to keep his mouth shut following a devastating loss in the Wild Card round last week.
Chase Claypool was already in hot water after insisting the victorious Cleveland Browns would ‘get clapped’ by the top-seeded Kansas City Chiefs on TikTok, but the star Pittsburgh Steelers rookie doubled down in an interview Thursday.
“If the Browns had won with more class, then I wouldn’t have been so salty about it, but them mocking JuJu [Smith-Schuster] during the game and after the game just didn’t sit right with me,” Claypool said on DAZN, via cleveland.com.
“They were just super classless, you know against JuJu, towards JuJu what they were saying on the field towards the end of the game, so I’m not going to have respect for a team that doesn’t have respect for us.’’
Claypool caught five passes for 59 yards and two touchdowns for the Steelers in his playoff debut, but it wasn’t enough for his team to come out on top. Pittsburgh started the season 11-0, but ultimately lost five of their last six games, including the 48-37 knockout by the Browns last weekend. Claypool watched as his group went down 28-0 in the first quarter and his side couldn’t comeback from the poor start.
Clearly the Browns celebrating their first playoff win since 1994 didn’t sit well with the red zone weapon and he’s more than a little salty about it.
“They can enjoy the win and another week of football but they’ll be on the couch right next to me, so it’s all good,” Claypool added.
The Abbotford, B.C. native played a key role in Pittsburgh producing a 12-4 record to earn the AFC North Division title. He finished his first regular season in the NFL with 62 receptions for 873 yards and nine touchdowns, plus 10 rushes for 16 yards and two scores — 11 total touchdowns, but has also earned reputation as an outspoken pass catcher on social media.
While his talent is undeniable, Claypool is making no friends within the heated AFC North and should provide bulletin board material for years to come.