The Suns locker room is a house divided… for the AFC championship game


The Phoenix Suns are clicking on the field after winning nine straight games, but there could be a bit of that this weekend.

The Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals face off in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game with a chance to reach the Super Bowl, and the Phoenix locker room has fans on both sides.

Forward Cam Johnson will cheer on the young Bengals, while wingers and Kansas City natives Ish Wainright and Landry Shamet will be hoping to win another conference title from the Chiefs.

“Every day (Johnson) gives me that ‘Oh man, we got the Chiefs’ look,” Wainright told Arizona Sports Burns & Gambo this week.

“I’m more nervous watching Bengals games than playing mine,” Johnson told reporters after Friday’s game. “Hands will sweat.”

Wainright went to games growing up with his father. He said his brother was a fan of linebacker Derrick Thomas while he was a Tony Gonzalez guy.

The forward spent a mini rookie camp with the Buffalo Bills in 2018, but was supporting the Chiefs last weekend.

Johnson grew up near Pittsburgh, but said his father didn’t like the Steelers after growing up as a Dallas Cowboys fan.

The Suns forward became a fan of wide receiver Chad Johnson and Cincinnati uniforms with the tiger stripes as a kid.

He even received a “C. Johnson” jersey for Christmas one year.

“The other day the coach was like, ‘Oh, you’re a bandwagon,'” Johnson said. “I’ve been a die-hard Bengals fan for 18 years. Everything is done until Sunday.

Johnson said his brother was a Chiefs fan, oddly enough, because he loved watching running back Priest Holmes.

The fourth-year Sun also said he faced Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd in high school sports and attended the University of Pittsburgh with him.

The drama in Phoenix could last beyond this week.

Forward Mikal Bridges is a fan of the Los Angeles Rams, and his team faces the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC title game on Sunday.

If LA wins, there will be Super Bowl in the Suns locker room. Wainright said he was not a bettor, but would be open to this opportunity.

“I’m really looking for that Chiefs against Rams, I have to shut up (Mikal),” he said.

The Suns have a game against the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday, but it starts at 6 p.m. The AFC Championship game kicks off at 1 p.m., giving players some time to watch.


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