The Jaguars have suspended cornerback Jalen Ramsey and defensive end Dante Fowler for “violating team rules and conduct unbecoming of a Jaguars football player,” hours after Fowler was involved in recurring conflicts with teammate Yannick Ngakoue and Ramsey confronted local media members.
The NFL Network reported the length of Ramsey’s suspension is one week, resulting in the absence of two joint practices this week against Minnesota and possibly the team’s second preseason game Saturday.
Fowler, who was practicing for the second time in training camp after being removed from the ‘physically unable to perform’ list Saturday, had to be separated from Ngakoue several times after Sunday’s practice, including as they walked toward the tunnel that leads to the team’s locker room.
Ramsey’s first interaction with the media Sunday occurred shortly after the original scuffle between Fowler and Ngakoue.
The cornerback was near the skirmish, which lasted about a minute. When he saw multiple reporters recording the incident with their phones, he approached and shouted, “Hey, man, y’all stop recording that s—, man” as well as other obscenities.
Ramsey stated that many players in the Jaguars’ locker room do not like the media for similar reasons and threatened to encourage other players to ignore media members if video of the altercation between Ngakoue and Fowler was published.
When a video and story were published, Ramsey tweeted at a Times-Union reporter and said, “you know you done messed up right? Lol if y’all want war, we got sum for y’all. & I know the rest of y’all (you know who you are) gone read this too so just know #LameAssReporters.”
Ramsey has sparred with the Jacksonville media since he was drafted in 2016. He has gone several stretches without granting interviews and during training camp his rookie year, he berated a Times-Union reporter in the Jaguars’ locker room for what he viewed as negative questions about his recent knee surgery.