Joel Bitonio is not backing down from what he said. His comments in the days after the Browns’ preseason opener at Jacksonville certainly caught people’s attention and it caused major backlash.
Bitonio, the Browns All-Pro left guard, spoke two days after Deshaun Watson made his only preseason appearance:
“You know, I think once Deshaun came out of the game we got booed less, but you go to a road game they boo you anyway, so you know what I mean?” Bitonio said on Aug. 14. “So we’ll see how it goes. I’m sure, it seems like more than ever, Cleveland against the world, so we’ll be ready for it.”
The blowback was immediate on social media, as well as on sports talk radio.
Bitonio was asked about that reaction on Wednesday and he stood by what he said.
“Yeah, I noticed (who was talking about) it,” Bitonio said, via the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I noticed, and what I said was, we’re going to go to stadiums and we’re going to get booed by people no matter who’s playing quarterback for us and as a team we come out and say ‘Cleveland against the world.’
If people want to take that in the wrong context or talk about it in the wrong context, that’s their opinion but I know we have good people on this team that are working hard and trying to be the best for the Cleveland Browns and that’s where I am at as a player who has been here for nine years, and if someone wants to think that I don’t love and appreciate things in my life, that’s their opinion… But I know where I’m at and where I’m at with Cleveland and the people on this team.”
The Browns will most definitely be the most hated team in the league just because of Deshaun Watson’s presence behind center.