It makes sense for the Ravens to be upset by losing to the Tennessee Titans on Saturday but Marshal Yanda stated a Titans defensive lineman spat in his face and wanted to address this directly to the media.
Here’s Marshal Yanda on Jeffrey Simmons, who he said spat in his face. pic.twitter.com/7AGeXkDBLz— Andrew Gillis (@Andrew_Gillis70) January 12, 2020
“And I do want to say another thing,” Yanda said. “I got number 98 [Jeffrey Simmons] for the Titans, in my 13 years—I had that guy spit in my face and I want to put him on notice in the media. I’ve never done this in my career but I just want to let you know there’s a right way and a wrong way to play football and that guy did not do it the right way today. So the refs and everybody in the NFL need to put him on notice. Like I said I’ve never been spit in my face and I literally got spit right in my face by 98. He needs to be put on notice by the refs, by the entire NFL. He was saying some stuff today that was just ridiculous conduct for the NFL so I just want to put him on notice. Ridiculous conduct by that guy.”
Like Yanda said, this is not like him to ever call out another player in the league. He’s always been a hardworking lineman who enjoys going toe-to-toe with some of the best players in the league and has won and lost in the trenches without gloating or complaining. He’s one of the few offensive guards in the NFL who is known by fans of other teams because of his play and his attitude. For him to directly call out a player and state he wants everybody to know what Jeffrey Simmons did.