Less than three weeks after the infamous Cleveland Browns win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, the two teams are set for their rematch. Even with the brutal start to the year, the Browns are lingering in the Wild Card picture, while the Steelers occupy the sixth spot in the AFC. Freddie Kitchens was spotted out at the movies the other night, in a shirt poking fun at the wild scene that occurred at the end of that game.
With just seconds left, a nasty scuffle broke out, which led to Browns star Myles Garrett bashing quarterback Mason Rudolph over the head with his own helmet. Things escalated from there, and a number of suspensions and fines were handed down.
Garrett wound up getting an indefinite suspension, which will take him through the end of the season at minimum. In total, those involved in the fight were fined over $730,000.
On Friday, Kitchens was spotted by Browns fans out at a screening of A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, the movie about the life of Mr. Rogers, starring Tom Hanks.
He was wearing a brown and orange shirt that reads "Pittsburgh started it," a reference to the fight from a few weeks ago, and Browns fans' defense of Garrett in the situation. A picture of Freddie Kitchens was posted by GV Art & Design, which made the shirts.
Per ESPN, Kitchens received the shirt as a joke from his family, and understands that it might be a bit controversial. He also denied that it was some sort of shot at Fred Rogers, a Pittsburgh native.
"A Browns spokesman told ESPN's Adam Schefter that Kitchens' daughters gave him the shirt "as a joke" and that he wore it to see the film "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" with his family. The Browns said Kitchens did not intend for anyone to see it and "understands it's not a good look."
"One Steelers official told Schefter that Kitchens' decision to wear the T-shirt could be viewed as more disrespectful, given that Mr. Rogers was from Pittsburgh."
The notion that Kitchens wore a shirt to...troll Mr. Rogers during a screening of his biopic is a bit far-fetched, but the NFL definitely can't like this, given what a black eye that fight was for the league.