Lamar Jackson responds to fans’ toilet theory after Baltimore Ravens’ dramatic victory
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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has responded to fans after his extraordinary performance helped his side beat the Cleveland Browns. Jackson had one rushing touchdown and threw for 162 yards in the 47-42 win on Monday night, but that does not tell the entire story.
Jackson was forced off the field with cramps when the Ravens led 34-28 and was replaced by third-choice quarterback Trace McSorley.
The star quarterback required IV treatment in the locker room and missed an entire possession and part of a second in the fourth quarter as the Browns fought back to take a late 35-34 lead.
With the game on the line and McSorley appearing to have injured his left knee, Jackson then reappeared on the sidelines.
The 23-year-old had previously missed the Ravens’ week 12 defeat by the Pittsburgh Steelers with Covid-19, suffering flu-like symptoms, and seemed unlikely to return to the field.
However, with McSorley down and back-up Robert Griffin III out with a hamstring injury, Jackson did just that with under two minutes left, inspiring an unforgettable win.
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He completed a stunning pass to wide receiver Marquise Brown on 4th down and five yards for a 44-yard touchdown which put Baltimore 42-35 put after a successful two-point conversion.
Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield hit back with his own series of passes, which ended when Kareem Hunt got into the end zone to tie the game at 42-42 with a minute remaining.
Jackson wasn’t done though, completing some clutch passes to tight-end Mark Andrews, which put the Ravens in range for a match-winning 55-yard Justin Tucker field goal with just two seconds left.
Baltimore added a safety even later on to complete a 47-42 win and all that was on everyone’s mind was Jackson’s miracle recovery.
Supporters questioned the Ravens’ diagnosis of “cramps” after footage showed him trotting gingerly down the tunnel, perhaps to the toilet.
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His team-mate Griffin even fueled the speculation, tweeting a meme which showed Jackson rejuvenated after visiting the toilet.
“I didn’t pull a Paul Pierce, I was cramping,” Jackson said in reference to the former Boston Celtics star, who was carried off the court for an apparent bathroom break during the 2008 playoffs.
That explanation in the post-match press conference obviously wasn’t convincing enough, so Jackson also took to Twitter in an effort to dispel the rumours.
“Yall trippin I definitely wasn’t taking a [poo emoji],” he tweeted.
The win helped keep the Ravens’ season alive with a 9-5 record, but they still trail the 11-2 Steelers and 9-4 Browns in the AFC North.
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