The Internet was ablaze last week when a reporter at the NFL Combine questioned Jeff Okudah about his "sloppy" play, citing "penalties and stuff."
Okudah rightfully set him straight, assertively informing him that he did not have a single pass interference or holding penalty the entire season and invited him to check the tape.
Someone who I'm guessing didn't watch much Jeff Okudah last year asked him about having "a tendency to get kind of sloppy."— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) February 28, 2020
Okudah's response: "I had zero pass interferences, zero holdings, so cut the tape on the game. I think you might see something else." pic.twitter.com/oQ3rrtP3q1
After the public embarrassment, you couldn't blame the reporter for slinking into anonymity, but that's not at all what he did.
Pranav Rama, who claims to be a writer for a website called TheScoreCrow.com (which somehow received a credential to the NFL combine), is not only owning the terrible take, he's doubling down.
So apparently I was trending yesterday because of how I pressed @jeffokudah. It may be just be a play or two but those plays are the difference between a SuperBowl and a couch sitting at home. It's our job to ask the tough questions whether the general people like it or not. https://t.co/RoXIOJULkI— Pranav Rama (@PranavRama1) February 29, 2020
Yes, not only did he own up to it, Mr. Rama is patting himself on the back like he's Walter Cronkite for asking a question about "kinda using penalties and stuff like that" when the “penalties and stuff” never existed.
And a week later, he's still on it, claiming there actually were pass interference and holding penalties that were missed by the referees and blaming Okudah's sloppiness for the injury he sustained during the combine.
It's on the tape and I put it on my Twitter. I'm a grown ass man not gonna sit and cry about it. Yeah zero pass interferences and holding but how many were missed by refs. Also if he wasnt sloppy he wouldn't have injured himself in meaningless drill.— Pranav Rama (@PranavRama1) March 6, 2020
Of course, he never offered specific instances or showed any tape, but he has assured us those specifics are coming right after he finishes his "official NFL media work," presumably for TheScoreCrow.com, unless of course his watchdog media work already landed him a bigger gig.
You know once I finish my official NFL media work that's something I will be doing. You know but I have am actual job to do so if you would let me do that that would be awesome. Have a nice night Frank.— Pranav Rama (@PranavRama1) March 6, 2020
We're all on pins and needles as we await your attempts to retcon your ill-informed question, Pranav.