John Harbaugh, Malcolm Butler have heated confrontation before Ravens-Titans game
There was no shortage of drama in Baltimore ahead of the Ravens-Titans game.
The Titans apparently offended the Ravens ahead of the AFC showdown by marching out to the midfield logo before the home team, which resulted in a verbal altercation between the teams in which Ravens coach John Harbaugh and Titans corner Malcolm Butler had a heated confrontation, according to multiple reports. Harbaugh and Titans coach Mike Vrabel also exchanged words and were separated by officials.
CBS cameras caught Butler and Harbaugh yelling at one another.
“Uh oh. Midfield logo drama here at M&T Bank Stadium,” NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo wrote on Twitter. “The #Titans came out and went right to midfield on the logo. John Harbaugh came all the way out and took offense. Mike Vrabel and Harbaugh then had a spirited chat. Throw the records out!!!”
“Ravens players weren’t on the field yet when Titans met at midfield logo,” The Athletic’s Jeff Zrebiec wrote on Twitter. “Ravens coaches were out there and Harbaugh started walking toward Butler as the two exchanged words. They were ultimately separated but then Vrabel came out. Refs were between Vrabel and Harbaugh.”
Butler was seen yelling at the Baltimore sideline and going “nose-to-nose” with Harbaugh.
Zrebiec added that this is the second time that the Titans have done this at the Ravens’ stadium to Harbaugh’s dismay.
“Remember, for the playoff game in January, the Titans also met on Ravens’ logo at M&T Bank Stadium,” he wrote. “Few Titans fans said that’s what they always do, regardless of stadium. Either way, Harbaugh seemed to take offense.”