A Baltimore Ravens star player has taken exception to an ESPN reporter's coverage of his contract negotiations with the team -- and apparently threatened to release compromising photos of the scribe in retaliation.
The bizarre episode unfolded when Baltimore linebacker Matthew Judon took to social media to call out ESPN Ravens beat reporter Jamison Hensley on Wednesday, in response to an article about Judon and other Ravens players who are eligible for the franchise tag.
Judon, a two-time Pro Bowler, apparently disagreed with some of Hensley's reporting, specifically a nugget citing an anonymous source who claimed that the Ravens had offered Judon a hefty contract extension last offseason and been rebuffed.
Judon, a 2016 fifth-round draft pick out of Grand Valley State, tagged Hensley's "lying butt" in a pair of Wednesday morning tweets, and denied his reporting about the extension offer. Hensley said he stood by his reporting, and offered to update the story with comment from Judon.
"Bro you have to stop lying," Judon said. "I know you want clicks and like and wanna be the people’s camp but stop lying. That weak.
"This isn’t true who told you this if you can’t tell me that we’re all@going to have to think you pulling stuff outta no where," he added in a separate post.
Things apparently escalated from there, with Judon reportedly taking to his Instagram account to further dispute Henley's story -- and call for an apology.
Most strange of all, Judon, addressing Hensley directly, threatened to release "these photos I got with you in the strip club."
It was unclear whether Judon was refuting whether an offer had been made at all, or merely the specifics details of the offer as reported by Hensley.
The Ravens and ESPN had not commented on the situation by Wednesday night.