Woodson: Pickens Hit Him With Slurs

Posted: November 09, 1993

Pittsburgh cornerback Rod Woodson said yesterday that Cincinnati receiver Carl Pickens taunted him with racial remarks during Sunday's game in Cincinnati.

Woodson declined to be specific, but two of his teammates said Pickens kept shouting "Jungle Fever!" and "Hey, you have Jungle Fever!" at Woodson.

"Jungle Fever" is a Spike Lee film in which a white woman falls in love with a black man. Woodson has a black father and a white mother, and his wife is white. Pickens is black.

After Pittsburgh's 24-16 victory, Woodson ran over to Cincinnati coach David Shula and wagged his finger at him while he talked to him. Woodson then got into a fight with Pickens and complained to Cincinnati running back Harold Green.

"You've got to let him know you can't cross that football line," said Woodson, adding there should be no place in football for what Pickens said.

Asked if Pickens' remarks were racial and aimed at his family background, Woodson said: "Basically, that was it."

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