Bengals’ Germaine Pratt has explicit response to teammate’s costly penalty vs. Chiefs
from Victor Barbosa, with YardBarker.com/www.yardbarker.com
Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Germaine Pratt(High Point Central High School/N.C. State) was caught on camera Sunday night screaming in frustration as he entered the team’s locker room following their 23-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game.
While it’s tough to make out everything that Pratt says, Spectrum News reporter Katie Kapusta (who filmed the incident) confirmed on Twitter that the 26-year-old yelled “Why the f*** would you touch the quarterback?”
Pratt is almost certainly referring to teammate Joseph Ossai’s costly late hit penalty on Patrick Mahomes that put the Chiefs in field goal range to win the game with three seconds left in regulation.
Bengals LB Germaine Pratt after Bengals loss ?
— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) January 30, 2023
Fortunately for Ossai, a host of other members of the Bengals stood up for the 22-year-old postgame, including head coach Zac Taylor, quarterback Joe Burrow and defensive tackle B.J. Hill.
This was the scene at Joseph Ossai’s locker with BJ Hill stepping in to provide support https://t.co/8vn1OOlhOQ pic.twitter.com/nbUnoCkzfp
— Michael Niziolek (@michaelniziolek) January 30, 2023
Late Sunday, Dallas Cowboys star linebacker Micah Parsons quote-tweeted the video of Pratt’s reaction and wrote “This lame asf!”
After missing his entire rookie year in 2021 due to a meniscus injury during the preseason, Ossai had a strong 2022 campaign, finishing tied for second on the team with two fumble recoveries, third in sacks (3.5) and fourth in quarterback hits (10).