|09.18.09 at 5:33 pm ET|
While the Patriots have refused to respond to New York safety Kerry Rhodes and his trash-talking, one former New England player isn’t holding back in the war of words. Ex-Patriots safety Rodney Harrison has made his feelings known about the Jets’ approach, and Rhodes in particular.
In response to Rhodes’ statements saying the Jets wanted to “embarrass” the Patriots on Sunday, Harrison Tweeted Thursday: “The Patriots won’t go into a war of words with any team, they hear everything and then use it to play better on Sunday.” Harrison took it to a new level on Friday with the following message: “Kerry Rhodes is not really a tough guy, i saw him pass on plenty of tackles… i want to see what kind of game he brings Sunday.”
In between the online back-and-forth, Harrison took to the airwaves to lambaste Rhodes.
“I respect Kerry Rhodes as a playmaker, but he’s not a tough guy,” Harrison told ESPN 1050 radio Friday. “I’ve seen him turn down tackles many a time…. Guys are not happy with Kerry Rhodes talking and Rex Ryan talking. It’s just blatant disrespect. You don’t talk like that. Some nerve of this guy to come out and really say that. He’s going to have to back it up.”
For his part, Rhodes isn’t backing down. He Tweeted Friday afternoon: “I’m detecting a lil jealousy from @rodneyh37 he must wish he was playing 2morrow. My talent outweighs his ask belichick.”
UPDATE: The back and forth has continued through the early evening. Harrison has returned fire with his latest Tweet: “Kerry, you talk big for someone yet to even win in the playoffs.Think you will ever accomplish what i did?”
Meanwhile, Rhodes responded with a flurry that included the following message: “r u playing sunday? i respect ur game but u crossed line. and i never talk smack u started it. i kno u respect my game! Tweet it!” He added: “u being someone who played the game knows the media runs it i said we are gonna try to embarrass them! lol u should respect that.”
And Harrison answered with a two-part response, one provoked in part by a statement Rhodes made earlier in the week about possibly shaking Tom Brady: “I’m sure if somebody is around [Brady’s] leg, or he feels pressure below, he’s not going to step into his throw,” Rhodes said, according to the New York Daily News.
“The talk about Brady’s knees and promising to hit him more than 6 times is what hit a nerve did you ever come back from … a surgery like that?” Harrison asked. “no wonder you have no idea what kind of effect your words have for certain players who went through rehab.”