We were not lacking entertainment after the Ravens’ 26-10 win over the Dolphins.
Miami linebacker Channing Crowder accused Ravens fullback Le’Ron McClain of spitting in his face.
McClain said that didn’t happen.
Then, Derrick Mason went off.
Mason, who was called “old man” by Crowder earlier this week (which is what started this whole chain of events), did not have the kindest things to say about Crowder after today’s game.
“The guy is horrible,” Mason said. “Honestly, the guy is horrible. He’s probably a good guy, not taking that away from him, but he’s horrible. He’s not a good football player. Honestly he needs to go back and watch the film and humble himself and not say anything.”
Mason didn’t stop there. No, he was just getting started.
The 36-year-old wide receiver - who caught four passes for 42 yards and a touchdown today - said that Crowder “deserved” any physical play that he might have received from McClain and the rest of his Ravens teammates.
“[McClain] probably was [sticking up for me],” Mason said. “They told me at the end of the week they were going to get him back for me and they did. The guy was either on the ground or getting pushed out of bounds. Willis stiff-armed him and made him look like a fool.
“There comes a point in time when you’re going to talk the talk, walk the walk. He figured he can talk his way through a game. He tried that a few years ago with coach [Rex] Ryan and it didn’t work. I don’t understand why this guy continues to talk. This is not boxing. You can’t scare your opponent. You got to play football and the guy doesn’t want to play football. The guy can’t play football, point blank.”
Mason clearly was irritated by Crowder’s “old man” comment earlier in the week, and he took a shot back on Friday, saying that Crowder was “still peeing on himself when I was playing football.”
He continued to talk about the age issue after the game today.
“I’m only young on Sundays, man,” Mason said. “That’s all I have to be. I’m only young on Sundays. The first sign of respect is don’t disrespect your opponent and he disrespected his opponent early in the week. You have to be able in this sport to be able to back up what you talk. And for some reason, this guy, every time he says something, he doesn’t back it up.
“He’s not a marquee player. I don’t think they even want him on this team, but they have no one to replace him. So he has to be there. They took him out of the game and he played a little bit better. He’s in the game, he’s getting knocked down, he’s getting pushed out of the way.
Mason said he doesn’t expect the drama from the incident to carry over into the Ravens’ short week of preparation before Thursday night’s game against the Falcons.
“We’ll be fine. We’ll be ready for a very good Atlanta team,” Mason said. “We’re getting ready for a good Atlanta team. We’ll put this behind us and move forward.”