The World Cup is entering its third week and it appears one Bengals player has learned a thing or two from soccer’s showcase.
During the second quarter of Sunday’s Chiefs-Bengals game in Cincinnati, Kansas City was about to run a play near the end zone. The Bengals tried to bring in a substitute but didn’t have time for the substitution.
Remarkably, Bengals safety Jessie Bates III went down with an injury at that very moment. Bates managed to get up and walk to the sideline, almost as if he’d been miraculously healed.
No one was fooled, and CBS Sports broadcaster Tony Romo even noted that Bates should have at least continued the fake injury charade while making his way off the field.
Here is Bates’ flop.
Former Chiefs offensive lineman Mitchell Schwartz, who was tweeting about the game, said the NFL should not simply allow players to fake an injury.
Should Bates and/or the Bengals be fined?
Here is what others were saying about the “injury.”