Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis called Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel a “midget” during an interview on WLW-AM in Cincinnati on Monday afternoon.
In the interview, Lewis was asked how the Bengals would deal with Manziel should he start in Sunday’s game and Lewis responded:
“You gotta go defend the offense. You don’t defend the player. Particularly a midget.”
Here is the audio clip from yesterday’s interview:
Lewis, the NFL’s 2nd longest tenured head coach behind Bill Belichick, later apologized for his remark.
“I apologize to Johnny, the Browns and all the fans in Cleveland,” Lewis said. “It was just a poor remark. I really didn’t mean anything by it.”
Manziel will have much to prove because he was named the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns for Sunday’s AFC North match-up. The Browns already defeated the Bengals once this season 24-3 in Cincinnati — with Brian Hoyer as the team’s starter — and with a win, would sweep the season series and drop the Bengals to 2-3 in divisional games.