PITTSBURGH — On Friday, Cleveland Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens wore a t-shirt that stated "Pittsburgh started it."
On Sunday, Steelers cornerback Cameron Sutton took the t-shirt wars between the two rivals to the next level.
While many of his teammates arrived at Heinz Field for the rematch between the two teams wearing "Free Pouncey" t-shirts, Sutton took a less subtle and more crass approach. Walking to the home team's locker room, the third-year cornerback could be seen wearing a white crewneck sweatshirt that featured a cartoon picture of a Steelers player turning his head and smiling while urinating on a Browns player.
Sutton's pregame apparel was captured by ESPN NFL reporter Dianna Russini.
Sutton's sweatshirt choice comes two weeks after the Steelers and Browns were involved in a brawl in the closing second's of Cleveland's 21-7 victory at FirstEnergy Stadium. After becoming entangled with Mason Rudolph, Browns defensive end Myles Garrett proceeded to rip off his helmet before swinging and hitting the Pittsburgh quarterback in the head with it.
From there, Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey tackled and proceeded to kick and punch Garrett, while Cleveland defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi shoved Rudolph to the ground. For their actions, Garrett was suspended indefinitely (and for at least the remainder of the 2019 season), while Ogunjobi was suspended one game and Pouncey was suspended two games -- hence the Steelers' sweatshirts.
With the Browns sitting at 5-6 and the Steelers laying claim to a 6-5 record, Sunday's rematch figures to have major implications for the AFC Wild Card race. And if the pregame apparel has been any indication, the game itself may not be any prettier than the one that was played two week ago.