Linebacker Germaine Pratt was obviously not pleased with Joseph Ossai’s late hit penalty that placed the Chiefs in position for a field goal that delivered a Super Bowl berth for Kansas City.
And in footage posted on Twitter, he was heard yelling, “why the f–k would you touch the quarterback?” According to ProFootball;
Multiple teammates consoled Bengals linebacker Joseph Ossai after he drew a late hit penalty that put the Chiefs in position for a field goal that delivered a Super Bowl berth for Kansas City. One teammate in particular was not pleased.
Linebacker Germaine Pratt was yelling on the way to the locker room about the foul.
“It’s the motherfuckin’ last series,” Pratt said to no one in particular. “What the fuck. Why the fuck did you touch the quarterback?”
In Ossai’s defense, he was in a tough spot. If he had pulled up while chasing Mahomes, who had surrendered all protections given to a passer when he became a runner, Mahomes could have ducked back inside and picked up more yards. That’s something we’ve seen quarterbacks do, time and again.
So Ossai kept going. How was he supposed to stop?
The end result was a shove. Mahomes wiped out, making it look even worse.
It would be naive to think quarterbacks don’t know how to time the collision just right to potentially draw those fouls. It’s a basic reality of the league’s obsession with keeping quarterbacks healthy.
The Bengals need to take the time to explain this to Pratt and anyone else in the locker room who may have a problem with Ossai. He was damned if he didn’t pursue Mahomes, and damned if he did.
Pratt went to social media to say people were just posting the video for likes and that he knows what type of teammate he is. He did not apologize to Ossai for cursing him out in the locket room and blaming him for the loss.
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