Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Jordan Phillips mocked a concussion suffered by Tennessee Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan in 2018 against the Miami Dolphins.
There’s a fine line between trash talk and acting like a piece of garbage, and Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Jordan Phillips successfully crossed that line when he mocked a 2018 concussion suffered by Tennessee Titans left tackle, Taylor Lewan.
The trash talk started when Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson called Lewan “a fake tough guy” after Buffalo’s win over the Titans in Nashville in Week 5.
Lewan of course responded, calling Lawson a “1st round backup” and “a monster” when pointing out Lawson’s lackluster stats. Lawson fired back, and so did his teammate Phillips, who went at Lewan after piling up three sacks against the Titans on Sunday.
Until that point, it was just some trash talk between football players, and while interesting and fun to follow, there weren’t any real lines crossed.
And then Phillips hit send on about as cringe-worthy a tweet that one football player can send to another. It was a tweet mocking Lewan’s concussion that he suffered in Week 1 of the 2018 season against the Miami Dolphins.
The photo was poorly done by Phillips, so you have to click on the tweet above to see it fully, but it’s a shot of Lewan laying lifeless on the field after suffering a concussion from an illegal blindside block that wasn’t flagged — or in other words, a cheap shot.
It was a scary moment for Lewan, and that’s always the case for all apparent head injuries that leave a player laying lifeless on the field for any period of time. Unfortunately, it’s all too common in today’s NFL.
I get it, there isn’t much room for sensitivity in the world of trash talk in sports, and that’s especially true in the NFL. However, knowing what we know about the seriousness of head injuries and CTE, Phillips’ comeback made him look like a classless piece of trash.
I have no issue with trash talk. It’s part of the game, and it’s part of sports as a whole, even when it’s from guys who barely show up on a weekly basis like Phillips and Lawson.
But for one player to openly mock another player’s head injury is despicable, and it’s a line no NFL player should ever cross when you consider what players both past and present have had to go through with the long-term consequences of head injuries.