Jalen Ramsey said on a podcast that was dropped by Lebron James’ web site “Uninterrupted” on Thursday that unspecified Jaguars team officials said “disrespectful things” to him after last week’s game against Houston and then told his agent after stalking out of the meeting that he wanted to be traded.
“My time is up here in Jacksonville,” he said he told his agent.
Two days ago during a news conference, Ramsey refused to state with any specificity that he wanted to be traded.
Ramsey also said in the podcast “17 Weeks,” with Nate Burleson, that he has no issues with his teammates or Jacksonville fans.
“I was truly at peace like I wasn’t in a mindset of making a decision while I was angry,” he said. “I was completely calm. I still stand by that decision, asking for a trade. I love all my teammates but it’s [his issues are] more so with the front office and organization. “It has nothing to do with the city ... I love the city here. I’m still out with the fans, signing autographs, taking pictures.”
Ramsey wasn’t specific about which team officials made the comments that angered him, or what the comments were. But he made references to the front office, which would have meant general manager Dave Caldwell and vice-president of football operations Tom Coughlin.
Ramsey said his reason for wanting a trade also had little to do with the incident involving Marrone when the team exchanged angry words on the sideline in the first quarter after Ramsey was angry Marrone didn’t challenge a catch by DeAndre Hopkins that Ramsey thought hit the ground.
“I didn’t think much of that ... that happens from time to time,” That happens across the league. We see Tom Brady get into with his coaches. That’s passion ... emotion. I felt it got blown up more than it should have. It was the moment. Honestly, we moved past it.”
Ramsey also hinted that he didn’t feel appreciated by the team.
“I want to be in a place where they know I’m the best corner in the game and let me play and help the team get wins,” he said.
Ramsey said the team was mixed in its reaction to coach Doug Marrone going for the two-point conversion last week against Houston when a conversion kick would have tied the game and possibly sent it into overtime. A run by Leonard Fournette was stopped and Houston won 13-12.
“It was mixed emotions,” he said. “Everybody was, ‘no, no.’ Most of us, we wanted to tie it up and put it on the defense. We had the momentum. Tie it up and trust us to go make a play or win it in overtime.”