If not for his remarkable performance against Browns, Lamar Jackson has gone viral on NFL Twitter for a different topic- his sudden leave during the game and for the netizens, it was a call of nature. However, the player thumbs down on the rumours, claiming it was cramps that made him leave the pitch.
In the nail-biting 47-42 neck to neck clash between Ravens and Browns at the FirstEnergy Stadium, Jackson walked off the pitch during a Cleveland drive and was out of play from the 3rd quarter, all the way to the 4th quarter.
Meanwhile, the Ravens Twitter handle announced that their quarterback had cramps and was deemed uncertain to make it back to the game.
“QB Lamar Jackson (cramps) is questionable to return,” Ravens tweeted.
However, the fans jokingly speculated that Jackson’s sudden departure to the locker room was a need to hit the toilet and flocked Twitter with p**p jokes.
The jokes indeed is a reminder to former NBA icon Paul Pierce and his famous wheelchair incident during the 2008 NBA Finals between Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers.
Pierce left the court in a wheelchair during play, only to return to action minutes later. However, it took him years to admit that the sudden leave was a desperate need to visit the restroom.
I didn’t pull a Paul Pierce: Lamar Jackson clarifies his leave during the match
While Pierce’s case can rickle the ribs of the netizens, its not the case with Lamar Jackson. The QB returned to the pitch just two minutes before the end of play, finishing the match with two rushing touchdowns for 124 yards as well as one touchdown pass to Marquise Brown.
“I was cramping”, Jackson said in the postgame conference, “I didn’t pull a Paul Pierce.”
Soon afterwards, ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley further confirmed the same, claiming that Jackson first had a cramp in his arm, followed by another in his leg which forced him to stop playing.
The player was also seen with a bandage wrapped around his left forearm, near the elbow.