Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton questioned the integrity of J.J Watt after the Houston Texans defensive end gave him a new nickname.
The Bengals saw their unbeaten start to the season come to an end on Monday as the Texans improved to 4-5 with a 10-6 away win at Paul Brown Stadium.
Houston's defensive performance was the key to victory in a hard-fought contest, with Dalton - who has earned the nickname 'the red rifle' for his strong performances this season - held to 197 passing yards and no touchdowns.
Two-time Defensive Player of the Year Watt told ESPN after the game: "Our goal was to come out here and make the red rifle look like a Red Ryder BB Gun and I think we did that.
"He is a great player, and they are a great team, but our coaches put together a great game plan, everybody did their job."
After learning of Watt's comments, Dalton said in his post-game media conference: "I'm disappointed in him. The integrity of this game - I have a lot of respect for him.
"He's a really good player. There's a lot of kids and a lot of people who look up to him. For him to make comments like that, he's showing that's acceptable to do that kind of stuff, to say that kind of stuff.
"It's disappointing for one of the best players in this league to come out and say something like that. That's all I'm going to say about that.
"I think J.J. is a good player, but for him to be one of the best in this league and to show that integrity, it shows what he's about, which is disappointing."