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Mayor Aftab Pureval appeared in a lighthearted video that pokes fun at his failed Bengals "proclamation" from last season.
Mayor Aftab Pureval is poking fun at himself while showing the Bengals some love in a new video posted May 10.
Pureval announced the Bengal’s 2023 season rematch against Kansas City with the help of ex-Chief and new Bengals LT Orlando Brown Jr.
“The Bengals play the Chiefs Week 17 … and I’ve got nothing else to add,” Pureval says in the video posted to the Bengals’ Twitter
“Yeah, I think that was better than the last time,” says Brown Jr., recording the mayor’s statement.
The lighthearted video is a poke at Pureval’s failed Bengals "proclamation" from last season.
The 'paternity test' proclamation
It all started when Cincinnati's city administration raised the Bengals flag
on Jan. 27. Flanked by faithful fans in black and orange chanting "WHO DEY," Pureval set up the stakes for the team taking on the Chiefs in the AFC championship round in back-to-back seasons
"I told you last year that this team perfectly personified our city. They are young, they are diverse, they are hungry, they've got that Cincinnati swagger and they are not 'just happy to be here,'" Pureval told the crowd from the steps of Cincinnati City Hall. "We belong here, and we're going to come back year after year after year."
As has been popular on social media, Pureval then called Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium "Burrowhead Stadium
," (a nod to Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow) while mentioning local goods that Pureval and KC mayor Quinton Lucas put up in a friendly bet. Pureval said that if Cincinnati were to lose the AFC championship, he would send Lucas a Bengals bomber jacket from local shop BlaCkOwned Outerwear as well as a six-pack of Rhinegeist beer.
Pureval then increased his smack talk in a video
posted to his social media accounts later in the week. In it, Pureval sat at his Cincinnati City Council chamber spot to deliver a "proclamation":
Be it proclaimed:
whereas the Cincinnati Bengals are headed to Burrowed Stadium for their second consecutive AFC championship game,
whereas Joseph Lee Burrow, who's 3-0 against [Chiefs quarterback Patrick] Mahomes, has been asked by officials to take a paternity test to confirm whether or not he's his father,
whereas all season long, Cincinnati has been on a path of destiny, fighting it out to overcome anyone who stands between them and a Super Bowl win,
and whereas Kansas City is named after its neighboring state – which is, you know, just kind of weird.
Now therefore, I, Aftab Pureval, mayor of the city of Cincinnati, do hereby proclaim Jan. 29, 2023, as They Gotta Play Us Day in Cincinnati.
The Chiefs then beat the Bengals 23-20 on Jan. 29 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. Holding up the AFC championship trophy immediately after the game, Travis Kelce had some thoughts about Pureval's jabs at his team.
"Hey, I've got some wise words for that Cincinnati mayor: Know your role and shut your mouth, you jabroni," Kelce shouted on the NFL's national CBS broadcast before invoking the Beastie Boys. "You gotta fight... for your right... to PARRRRRRRRRTYYYYYYY!"
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"Yeah. Deserved that," Pureval later wrote on Twitter
. "Congrats to KC on a well-fought win, and good luck in Arizona. Proud of our fans and our @bengals for all the energy this year. Who Dey!"
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