The Cleveland Browns misplaced a pivotal game Sunday to the AFC North rival Pittsburgh Steelers, and Freddie Kitchens was as soon as asked no longer most consuming in regards to the well-known options of the disappointing consequence, nonetheless his attire.
Kitchens was as soon as spotted wearing a T-shirt showing the phrase “Pittsburgh began it” Friday earlier than his crew’s rematch with the Steelers, with whom they engaged in a brawl valid two weeks earlier. The Browns received that game, 21-7, nonetheless needed another have over Pittsburgh to each and each complete their first season sweep of the Steelers since 1988 and furthermore retain themselves afloat in the AFC wild card flee.
They did now not attain that draw, so attention was as soon as as a replace directed in the direction of Kitchens’ dresser replacement.
“I wore a T-shirt. I wore a jacket with it. My daughters wanted me to position on the shirt. And I’d build on it another time,” Kitchens said. “I build a jacket on, I covered it up. I took an image with a fan. That was as soon as as straightforward as that. T-shirt did now not keep off us to present up 40 yard passes, and we had been prepared to play. That is the accurate thing folks ought to serene be desirous about. We had been prepared to play.”
The Browns arrived to face an opponent that was as soon as wearing its possess T-shirt squawk, with so a lot of Steelers wearing “Free Pouncey” tops earlier than the sport in reference to center Maurkice Pouncey, who was as soon as suspended three video games (later appealed down to 2) for the fracas. Cleveland appeared prepared to play in the first half, too, taking a 10-0 lead, nonetheless allowed the Steelers encourage into the sport earlier than the cease of the first half.
From there, Pittsburgh outscored Cleveland 10-3 to come encourage away with a 20-13 have that dropped the Browns to 5-7 and locations their playoff hopes in severe doubt. To add to the sting of defeat, a Pittsburgh-location T-shirt company produced its possess shirt emblazoned with a predictable perfect jab: “Pittsburgh done it.”
“I’m *** coach (Tomlin) doesn’t attain something else like that,” Steelers care for Ramon Foster said, per 93.7 The Fan, of Kitchens’ shirt after Pittsburgh’s have.