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Bengals OL Andrew Whitworth calls Raiders cowards for fight

Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth described most of the Oakland Raiders as cowards a few days after being involved in an on-field fight with them that led to three ejections.

Whitworth jumped in to defend quarterback Andy Dalton, who was slammed to the ground by Raiders DE Lamarr Houston after a whistle had already blown in the fourth quarter. Whitworth, Houston, and Raiders DL Tommy Kelly were ejected for their roles in the fight.

On Wednesday, Whitworth reportedly had marks under his eye and called the Raiders cowards for their cheap shots and attempted eye gouging..

“I thought it was pretty cowardly. Those guys know who they are. It doesn’t shock me,” Whitworth said, via the Cincinnati Enquirer. “You’ve got guys that want to make names for themselves and can’t, and then they get frustrated. It’s their opportunity to do something they feel and be tough, but that ain’t tough. Face-to-face is tough. Most of those guys, they are what they are — they’re cowards. And if they really wanted to have an issue with you, they’d address you. But they obviously don’t.”

Whitworth did not regret entering the fight, saying after the game he had a contract to protect his quarterback.

If we’re basing things on the scoreboard, then the Bengals beat the Raiders on both fronts. They won 34-10.


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