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Redskins fire back at Lane Johnson by mocking his PED suspension

Redskins fire back at Lane Johnson by mocking his PED suspension

It's the middle of August and real football is still a couple of weeks away but that doesn't mean there can't be some lukewarm trash talk between division rivals already.

I am here for it.

Lane Johnson opened his mouth on Wednesday and tossed some shade at the Washington Redskins, who the Birds will face in their Week 1 season opener on September 10.

But this is August and NFL players are bored, so of course somebody on the Redskins was going to fire back.

Enter Zach Brown who, after a quick Googling, is not a member of a country music band but is rather a linebacker for the Washington football team. He was apparently a Pro Bowler last season for the Buffalo Bills and should be a pretty solid addition to the Redskins defense.

His response:

It's unclear if the "they" he is speaking of is the Eagles or the Redskins. I kind of think he meant the Redskins but again, unclear.

But the PED reference is clearly directed at Johnson and the 10-game suspension he served last season for violating league policy. It's low hanging fruit but it certainly works.

Johnson's comments were a bit curious after he claimed earlier this summer he wanted to do less talking and show it more with action on the field. Regardless of that, he's the type of guy you'd expect to back it up (as long as he's on the field).

Non-preseason can't come soon enough.

UPDATE:

CSN Mid Atlantic spoke to Brown about the Johnson comments:

Just to hear somebody say that about our organization is insulting. So for me I was like, man, let me just say something back to him real quick to let him know this is a new atmosphere, a new team, a new drive. Everybody here is playing to the last second no matter what it is. We have one goal in mind, to win every game.​

That's the thing, he’s guaranteeing that win. So when that game comes, when that opening game comes, we will see what happens," Brown said. "I'm playing to win that game too. So is 10 other guys with me on my defense. Everybody, we're playing to win. That's all I got to say.

Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg get a bit heated in dugout altercation

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Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg get a bit heated in dugout altercation

While the Phillies put up seven early runs Friday in an attempt to overcome a shaky start by Jake Arrieta out of the All-Star break, there was some drama in D.C.

Stephen Strasburg, in his return from the DL, was pulled after allowing six runs in 4â…” innings to the Braves. As he jogged off the field and down the dugout steps, he was greeted by Nats ace Max Scherzer, who gave him a supportive pat on the back.

Seconds later, Strasburg barked at Scherzer, who snapped his head back and shrugged in exasperation.

Scherzer was clearly ticked off and shouted back at Strasburg with some emphatic gestures. Strasburg jumped up and began to walk down the steps back to the clubhouse with Scherzer following him. It appeared they wanted to finish their heated conversation in private.

It's been a frustrating season for the Nats. They're 48-49 and six games behind both the Braves and Phillies. This was Strasburg's 14th start of the season and it hasn't been Strasburg-like at all. He has a 3.90 ERA and has allowed 12 home runs in 85â…“ innings.

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Mike Muscala wasn't very fond of Joel Embiid as an opponent

Mike Muscala wasn't very fond of Joel Embiid as an opponent

Joel Embiid's new backup wasn't very fond of the Sixers' star center when he wasn't his teammate.

The Sixers will eventually acquire Mike Muscala from the Atlanta Hawks as part of a three-team trade involving Carmelo Anthony (see story). The trade is not official yet.

As is the case these days with social media, players' old takes resurface and Muscala is no different — except this time, it's not old tweets from a teenaged Muscala.

Appearing on the Road Trippin' podcast (h/t Jeff McMenamin and Pro Basketball Talk) on Feb. 13, 2018, Muscala, then with the Hawks, said the following:

I don’t like the Sixers.

I just don’t like them. I just feel like they talk a lot of s—, especially Embiid.

I understand there’s going to be some trash-talking. But I just feel like — I don’t know. Sometimes, I just — I respect players that just let their play do the talking. And I think sometimes, it just gets excessive, especially with Embiid.

I don’t think it’s a bad thing for the league. I think it’s entertaining, and I think people can feed off of that. In a weird way, I respect him for being to do that, because it takes a lot of guts and confidence, at the same time.

One important thing to note here. Muscala and Embiid were not teammates at the time and anyone who has watched Embiid play basketball knows he's a trash-talker. Of course, his opponents are not going to like it.

Embiid played just one game against the Hawks in 2017-18. He scored 21 points, 12 rebounds and six assists in 30 minutes on Nov. 1, 2017. Muscala? Just two points in 22 minutes.

Yeah, it's pretty clear who had the better stat line. And you can bet Embiid was chirping the entire game. Who could blame him?

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