CINCINNATI — Trash talk between the Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs is underway as the AFC Championship looms closer, and now Mayor Aftab Pureval has joined in.
The Cincinnati mayor released a video proclaiming Sunday, Jan. 29 as "They Gotta Play Us Day."
— Aftab Pureval (@AftabPureval) January 27, 2023
In the video, Pureval also mentions how the Bengals are heading to "Burrowhead" Stadium, referring to Mike Hilton's nickname for Arrowhead Stadium when he was "mic'd up" for Inside the NFL.
The mayor also suggested Joe Burrow get a paternity test to confirm "whether or not he's (Patrick Mahome's) father."
Lastly, Pureval commented on Kansas City being named after its neighboring state, which he said is "you know, just kind of weird."
This isn't the first time this week the Queen City's mayor has fired shots at the Chiefs.
2021… Are you thinking of ‘22 when Cincy was 3-0 against Mahomes? https://t.co/iHuzecmgs6 pic.twitter.com/zQQf2fEsix
— Aftab Pureval (@AftabPureval) January 26, 2023
The proclamation video is, obviously, getting some mixed reactions, with some saying it's added fuel to the fire for the Chiefs.
This is free bulletin board material for the #Chiefs. Wow.#Bengals #RuleTheJungle https://t.co/pt1pd1mm81
— Marshall Kramsky (@marshallkramsky) January 27, 2023
Warren Sharp, an NFL analyst, called the video "wild."
we see a lot of trash talk in sports…
but the Cincy Mayor asking Joe Burrow to take a paternity test to confirm he’s Patrick Mahomes’ father?
— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) January 27, 2023
NFL Network host Rich Eisen responded to Sharp's tweet with "oh my."
Pureval issued a semi-apology a few hours after the post.
"My competitive juices and love for cincy got the best of me," Pureval tweeted. "My bad. Staying hungry and humble. See you Sunday. Who Dey baby!"
Bengals nation, Lol. I hear you. My competitive juices and love for cincy got the best of me. My bad. Staying hungry and humble. See you Sunday. Who Dey baby!— Aftab Pureval (@AftabPureval) January 28, 2023
Other than his proclamation, Pureval raised a Bengals flag at City Hall on Friday. He also — for the second straight year — has a bet with Kansas City's mayor for Graeter's if the Bengals lose. If Cincinnati wins, their mayor will send ribs.
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