Lions DB responds to Stamps tweet

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:49 AM ET

You don't need a Twitter account to find out what B.C. Lions defensive back Korey Banks thinks of Nik Lewis.

Four days after Lewis fired an electronic barb at the Lions defence, Banks responded the old-fashioned way, taking a verbal swipe at the outspoken Calgary Stampeders slotback and adding intrigue to Saturday's matchup between the two teams.

"Nik Lewis is an idiot," Banks said. "I ain't scared to say it."

The war of words stems from Lewis' comments on his Twitter page during Saturday's game between the Lions and Edmonton Eskimos, when he posted "Does anyone in BC's Defensive backfield hit anybody above the knees(?)"

Speaking to reporters at McMahon Stadium the next day, Lewis reiterated his comments, saying "Do I think they're going to hit me above my knees? No. Tell them I'll give a bonus to all the DBs that don't go low. Maybe that will work. I don't know."

Seems like his Twitter comments are incentive enough.

"If you don't want to get hit low, be a quarterback. That's what I got to tell him," Banks said. "Football is played between the lines, it's not played with your fingers and the computer. He likes to do it, that gets him going, great."

It's not the first time Lewis has made headlines with his Twitter comments.

Ne ver one to shy away

from trash talk, he swapped insults with Saskatchewan Roughr iders linebacker Tad Kornegay in the days leading up to last year's West Division final, prompting Kornegay to request his locker during Grey Cup week.

Not long after Banks offered his take on Wednesday, Lewis returned to Twitter to quash any talk of a feud between the two.

"No Beef Wit Banks," he posted. "Just tune in on Saturday 2 See 2 of the best go at it."

Lewis, 28, has emerged as a leader for the Stampeders offence and was a force to be reckoned with in Saturday's victory over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, racking up 10 receptions for 160 yards.

In five outings so far this season, he has 31 catches for 421 yards and three touchdowns.

The 30-year-old Banks, though, doesn't seem too impressed.

"When guys have a little success, they always tend to build themselves up," Banks said. "Did he have anything to say last year when he didn't have any catches around this time with no touchdowns? No."

Banks and Lewis are certain to cross paths during Saturday's showdown at Empire Field, which promises to be another fierce battle between two West Division squads that, quite simply, don't like each other one bit.


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