Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Giovani Bernard had a tense post-game media scrum with reporters after the team’s heartbreaking loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, and social media has debated which side is at fault.
In the third quarter of Tampa’s Week 15 home game against the Cincinnati Bengals, the Bucs tried running a fake punt deep in their own territory. Bernard was unable to corral the snap, and the Bengals recovered it to take over in great field position.
Tampa Bay never recovered from the debacle. The Bengals reeled off 34 unanswered points and only allowed another score in garbage time, erasing a 17-0 deficit to pick up their 10th win of the season. As for the Bucs, Sunday marked their third loss in four games.
After the game, reporters tried speaking to Bernard, but he initially wasn’t all that keen on speaking to them. Jenna Laine, who covers the Buccaneers for ESPN, posted a video of the reporters’ interaction with the veteran running back on Twitter:
On Monday, Laine explained in a series of tweets that players who are on the injured reserve don’t speak to the media; Bernard was on the IR dealing with an ankle injury.
There was a debate on social media as to which side handled the matter best. Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant was among those who defended Bernard.
On the other side, some folks defended Laine and the reporters.
The Buccaneers committed four turnovers after the fake punt botch. Tom Brady was picked off once in the third quarter, and he also fumbled twice. The Bucs’ hopes of a comeback ended in the fourth quarter when Brady threw another interception.
One could also fault the defense for giving up 34 unanswered points, but it’s tough for any defense to stop a Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase-led unit all game long. And any team with a competent offense is going to make you pay if you set them up with a short field time and time again.
The loss dropped the Buccaneers to 6-8 on the year. They’ll try to rebound when they visit the Arizona Cardinals on Christmas Day.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.