John Harbaugh denies using F-word during exchange with Jay Gruden
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh admitted that he and Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden exchanged words following a skirmish between the teams’ players during Saturday’s preseason match-up. But he has since wanted to make it abundantly clear to those who attempted to infer what he said by reading his lips are way off base.
“For all those lip readers out there that want to write headlines about what was said, there’s more than one word to the English language that begins with F,” Harbaugh said, via ESPN.com. “I really make it a point in life to not use that word as much as possible. I’m not batting 1.000. I always remember when I say that. So, maybe it was fight. Is that plausible? Maybe it was football. But I’m going to say that I’m 99.99 percent certain it wasn’t the word that it was reported to be. Just for the record.”
Players had to be separated following a skirmish caused by Redskins linebacker Keenan Robinson piledriving Ravens wide receiver Kamar Aiken.
Five players were penalized as a result of the brouhaha. Redskins defensive back Chris Culliver and Ravens wideout Steve Smith were also ejected for their extracurricular activities.
The events on the field culminated with Harbaugh approaching Gruden on the sideline to exchange pleasantries, prompting many to believe the Ravens head coach sprinkled his comments with some salty language, which of course Harbaugh denies doing.
Harbaugh has since downplayed any potential residual animosity between himself and Gruden, and the two coaches were seen shaking hands after the game.
“Jay was good with it. I was good with it,” he said. “When it was all said and done, I was happy that we were able to get it all calm down. As I said after the game, it was all fine.”