Bengals LB Germaine Pratt was irate complaining about Joseph Ossai’s late-hit penalty on Patrick Mahomes. For fans, he was also hypocritical.
The state of the Bengals locker room after losing the AFC Championship Game to the Chiefs is either one of solidarity or strife, depending on which set of tweets you look at.
On one hand, there was an outpouring of support for defensive end Joseph Ossai after his late hit penalty on Patrick Mahomes set up the Chiefs’ game-winning field goal.
BJ Hill literally stood in on his scrum with the media to deflect any questions about the costly, and controversial, penalty.
Ossai said that knowing his teammates had his back helped give him peace.
On the other hand, at least one teammate clearly didn’t have his back. That would be linebacker Germaine Pratt, who was caught on video ranting about the way the game ended on his way to the locker room.
It’s not completely certain what Pratt said but it may have been something like this:
“It’s my f****** last year. Why the f*** did he touch the quarterback?”
The first sentence was more unclear than the second, which was clearly directed in anger at Ossai, though the DE wasn’t present in the video.
Bengals fans, and Micah Parsons, called out Germaine Pratt for his outburst
Whether or not Pratt was just getting his frustration out after a heartbreaking loss, Bengals fans did not take kindly to his approach
Even Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons called out Pratt for not being more supportive of his teammate.
Pratt is heading for free agency and after hearing him on Sunday night, it’s easy to guess he might not be back with the Bengals for the 2023 season.
Ossai had five tackles, a tackle for loss and a pass defense in the AFC Championship Game. Pratt had seven tackles while allowing Travis Kelce to catch seven passes for 78 yards and a touchdown.