Chris Jones Accused Of Directing “Disturbing Language” Towards Colts’ Matt Ryan
The NFL’s week three matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Indianapolis Colts came down to the wire, with the Colts coming out victorious after a game-changing penalty on Chiefs star player Chris Jones. After coming up with a big stop on third down by sacking Colts quarterback Matt Ryan, Ryan and Jones engaged in a verbal altercation that resulted in Jones being penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct. The penalty gave Ryan and the Colts a new set of downs which ultimately led to them pulling off an upset 20-17 win over Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs.
Jones’ penalty came with approximately five minutes left in the fourth quarter. Officials say that Jones allegedly directed “disturbing language” towards the Colts quarterback after Ryan was sacked for a big loss of yardage. As a result, the Chiefs were left with less than 30 seconds remaining on the game clock after the Colts scored a go-ahead touchdown. According to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk, lead referee Shawn Smith addressed the penalty on Jones after the game. Smith said that Jones’ language towards Ryan had “no place in professional football.”
Jones took to social media denying the allegation and stated to The Kansas City Star that he doesn’t believe he said anything horrendous to Ryan, but takes full accountability for his actions and putting his team in an unfortunate situation.
“I don’t think I said anything horrendous, but the official called it, and I can’t take it back. I’ve got to do a better job of playing the game and not saying anything, obviously. I thought we were having a conversation with one another, but you never know what the official’s seeing. He could have heard something that wasn’t allowed. I take full blame. I apologize to my team for putting us in that situation.”
The Chiefs prepare to go on the road this week for some Sunday Night Football action against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are currently taking shelter in Miami away from Hurricane Ian. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport announced on Thursday that the game remains on schedule to play in Raymond James Stadium.
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