Before his team’s 24-3 drubbing in the rain at the hands of the Cleveland Browns in the season opener, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase went viral for a “Cleveland is Cleveland” comment that included mocking the in-state rival’s elf mascot.
For now, Brownie the Elf and the Browns get the last laugh.
Chase appears to know that, expressing his frustration after the loss.
“It’s frustrating because I called they ass elves and we just lost to some elves,” Chase said during an interview with WLWT’s Olivia Ray. “So I’m pissed on my part, I’m pissed on that end.”
Chase had been joking around with the pre-game trash talk, though Browns players like Myles Garrett did end up taking it as bulletin board material.
His post-game interview stressed self-accountability, but the reactions to his doubling-down on the “elf” theme went viral, with many of them hilarious.
Why does Ja'Marr Chase think it's defamatory to call them the elves???
Someone is being soft here, and it isn't the team with the Brownie elf on its 50-yard line. https://t.co/4yi6iIf7CM
— Brent Sobleski (@brentsobleski) September 10, 2023
“I’m just frustrated because I called their ass elves and we just lost to some elves."
Put that in the Louvre.
— Hayden Grove (@H_Grove) September 10, 2023
Ja’Marr Chase: 0 pic.twitter.com/8YIjntdJ4p
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) September 10, 2023
Ja’marr Chase is going to need a restraining order against these damn elves too
— The Island of Dr. B (@tendtomyfires19) September 11, 2023
Someone tell Ja'Marr Chase that he really shouldn't be messing with elves…. pic.twitter.com/jaCpmt0g9H
— Chris Mihos (@ChrisMihos) September 10, 2023
Ja’Marr Chase calling the Browns “Elves” is my favorite thing from this weekend. And I will continue to call them the Cleveland Elves.
— Andrew™️ (@F1_Andrew38) September 11, 2023
The Browns after winning pic.twitter.com/y8SLQe1AlP
— JessFromDominos.eth 🍕🍕 (@JessFromDominos) September 10, 2023
Sounds like a double down. I respect it lol
— Geezy🐺 AnybodyCanGetit (@Official_ACG) September 10, 2023
ok this is one of the funniest postgame quotes I’ve ever seen, I respect him for owning up to trash talk this ridiculous https://t.co/5N2tX9JVFf
— Nathan Deal, now on BlueSky (@NattyD13) September 10, 2023
Shakespeare couldn’t write something this eloquent https://t.co/FFMb79VhKh
— s. (@burritoprophet) September 10, 2023
I thought this was one on those fake quote pages that's hilarious https://t.co/QAzpXSR9rn
— Eastside Johnny (@JusCallMeLani) September 10, 2023