SEATTLE – New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham wasn't in the mood to talk about his pregame altercation with Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin after Saturday's season-ending divisional playoff loss.
But Irvin was more than happy to give the blow-by-blow.
"Jimmy was warming up in our area and I just asked, 'Could you go on your side of the field?'" Irvin said after the Seahawks' 23-15 win. "And he said, 'I'm Jimmy.' And I said, 'Who is Jimmy? I don't know Jimmy.'"
Photographers on the field caught Graham yelling and removing Irvin's knit hat as a Saints staff member tried to hold him back. But Irvin said that came only after he escalated the exchange.
"Y'all missed the first part. I took his ball and booted it across the field," Irvin said. "That's when he knocked my hat off."
Graham said only that Irvin "tried to disrespect me, and I'm not going to let anyone disrespect me. I don't want to talk about it."
Also before the game, Graham got into a shouting match with Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, who played a role in holding him to one late catch for 8 yards on six targets.