A messy family feud finally boiled over when two NFL stars came face-to-face on the field on Monday.
Jalen Ramsey and Golden Tate couldn’t avoid one another on the field, but it was after the game when the mayhem kicked off.
The two men ignited a postgame brawl between the New York Giants and Los Angeles Rams that escalated to include dozens of players and coaches pushing and shoving to clear the sea of bodies.
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Tensions were high heading into the contest with many waiting for the stars to come to blows and after years of bad blood it finally boiled over.
The nasty feud stems from Ramsey’s perceived mistreatment of Tate’s sister. Ramsey is the father of two of Tate’s young nieces but broke off a long-term relationship with Tate’s sister Breanna while she was pregnant last summer.
When Ramsey posted to social media a photo with his new girlfriend last October, Tate made it publicly known he was circling their next head-to-head matchup.
Ramsey landed the first shot on Tate during the game when he picked up the star receiver and drove him into the turf during the second half of the Rams’ 17-9 victory.
After the game they locked horns again in ugly scenes that saw players and coaches from both sides engaged.
Ramsey was still dressed in full uniform and pacing on the field with his phone in hand about 25 minutes after others returned to the locker room. He tried to start a second confrontation by waiting for Tate outside the Giants postgame locker room, according to an ESPN report.
“To be honest with you, I don’t know what happened,” said Giants centre Nick Gates, who was in the middle of clearing bodies. “Just protecting my teammates.”
Tate was not available to The Post upon request this past week and Ramsey declined comment on Tate, but there was no avoiding each other when face-to-face. Tate again was not available upon request after the game.
The NFL did not immediately respond to an inquiry as to whether an investigation is underway that could lead to discipline for Tate, Ramsey or others involved on either side.
“I have to see and find out all the details right there,” Giants coach Joe Judge said. “I don’t have anything there yet. Obviously we want to do our fighting between the whistles for 60 minutes. I don’t know all the details, so I’m going to reserve comment on that until I find out everything.”
Tate’s feelings are no secret as he told The Post last October: “I’m not happy at all with the disrespect that he’s shown towards my sister, and the things he’s done in the past.”
Ramsey is regarded as one of the NFL’s premier trash-talkers and Tate as one of its best showboats, so the recipe for ugliness was pre-cooked. Judge would not say whether he addressed the Tate-Ramsey tensions with his star receiver before the game.
“Golden is a competitive guy,” Judge said. “We talk to all of our players every week about different things. I’ll keep some of our conversations just between me and the players. We don’t want to have happen what happened at the end of the game. That’s not the way we want to be as a team.”
Giants linebacker Blake Martinez and cornerback James Bradberry both deferred comment on the brawl to Judge. Rams coach Sean McVay said he was shaking hands and did not see what happened.
— with Ryan Dunleavy, NY Post