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Sources: Brandon Marshall, Sheldon Richardson got into verbal spat after Jets’ loss to Chiefs

New York Jets' wide receiver Brandon Marshall before

New York Jets' wide receiver Brandon Marshall before the Week 4 game against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016. Photo Credit: Lee S Weissman / Lee S. Weissman

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Frustrations apparently reached a boiling point after the Jets’ lopsided loss to the Chiefs three weeks ago.

Sources confirmed to Newsday that Brandon Marshall and Sheldon Richardson got into a verbal spat in the locker room after the Jets’ 24-3 road loss on Sept. 25. was first to report the incident.

Though the exchange wasn’t physical, it caught the attention of coach Todd Bowles.

“I was right there, I heard it. It was loud,” Bowles told Thursday. “Yell down there, yell down here. It was no more than a normal training camp deal. It wasn’t anything significant . . . There were a bunch of people who had words because everybody was [ticked] off.

Bowles said he discussed the verbal spat with the team immediately. “I took care of it right there,” he said. “I addressed the team and I addressed the two guys. It will not happen again.”

One source said the argument was rooted in players’ frustrations over the loss to the Chiefs — the first of what would be four straight for the Jets (1-5).

“There were no residual effects, no physicality,” Bowles told “After the game, everybody was [ticked] off and you throw stuff. They should be [ticked] off, but not at each other. It was just one of those things.”

Richardson was excused from practice on Thursday for a “personal issue,” according to Bowles, but Marshall told that it was just an argument between “two Alpha males . . . two bulls.”

The two cleared the air the next day, he said.

“There are moments in teams where you push each other and there’s tension and the best teams find a way through it,” the star wide receiver told “ . . . You guys understand how emotional and how intense the game is. When you come in the locker room after a loss like that and you’re looking at each other, trying to problem-solve, it may not always be the right time. Sometimes you have to give it a day or so for everyone to calm down and cool off and say, ‘OK, what do we need to do to solve it?’ ”


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