Bengals coach Marvin Lewis calls out former player Johnathan Joseph

Thursday July 19th, 2012

There is no love lost between Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis and his former player Johnathan Joseph. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Former Cincinnati Bengals and current Houston Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph isn't shying away from what he thinks about his former team.

"The first thing about Houston is it's an organization run from a different perspective," Joseph said to The Herald. "In Cincy, the team lives off money it earns from football. Houston's owner has other business interests and he controls the money. Numerous things that go on such as the way Houston interacts with my family; we're treated in a first-class way. In Cincy, we're told how much Gatorade we could take home. In Houston, we get what we request. You get soap and deodorant at your request. You don't have a roommate on road trips."

Joseph left the Bengals in 2011 to sign a five-year, $48.75 million contract with the Texans and completed his first season there by being selected to the Pro Bowl for the first time.

His former coach in Cincinnati wasn't too pleased at all with those comments.

"I was told this morning about Johnathan's comments that were printed," Lewis told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "It's my fault that I feel that a player doesn't need to take a dozen Gatorades home in his backpack each night and that we are paying him a salary. I'm sure that Johnathan would not have been one of the abusive players but it is my policy."

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