There aren’t many more reliable sources of schadenfreude out there like videos of heartbroken sports fans reacting to a shocking loss, and my favorite subset of that particular genre is undoubtedly the rage-filled people who take their frustrations out on their innocent television set.
I’d be lying if I said I haven’t had to replace multiple inanimate objects that have been the victim of similar outbursts, although that damage has been limited to a couple of remotes and a video game controller that bore the brunt of my anger.
Last year, Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman Jr., bizarrely claimed he broke his TV after throwing a remote at a screen when the Chargers took the lead in a game before internet detectives discovered he’d used a picture he found online to fabricate the story.
The wideout probably could’ve afforded to replace it when you consider he’s racked up more than $8 million in earnings over the course of his career, and Lamar Jackson could definitely do the same when you considered he’d made more than $30 million before signing the massive $260 million extension he inked at the start of May.
Based on what he had to say on a recent episode of The Lounge, the QB came very close to having to do exactly that thanks to what transpired when the Ravens faced off against the Bengals in the playoffs earlier this year.
Jackson was forced to watch that contest at home thanks to the knee injury he suffered in Week 13 that sidelined him for the rest of the season, which meant Tyler Huntley was tasked with taking over under center.
Huntley wasn’t the only reason Baltimore was unable to top Cincinnati in their wild card showdown, but he did fumble on the goalline in the fourth quarter before Sam Hubbard scooped up the ball and returned it for the 98-yard touchdown that turned out to be the winning score.
Sam Hubbard takes the fumble 98 yards for the TD ‼️
📺: #BALvsCIN on NBC
📱: Stream on NFL+ https://t.co/hNJJJGqxGF pic.twitter.com/PoVImXrfpz
— NFL (@NFL) January 16, 2023
Plenty of people joked about how Jackson reacted after seeing that play unfold when you consider it could’ve been viewed as a testament to his value as a QB during the ongoing contract saga that only recently came to an end.
Lamar Jackson after Tyler Huntley’s goal line fumble pic.twitter.com/mb2pfB54IG
— NFL Memes (@NFL_Memes) January 16, 2023
Lamar Jackson watching that Huntley fumble pic.twitter.com/6NOSrLvk2W
— A🦁 (@itsYDG2) January 16, 2023
However, based on his recounting of his actual reaction, that wasn’t exactly the case.
Lamar Jackson says he went to the bathroom when the #Ravens were at the 1-yard line and about to score in the playoffs vs. the #Bengals. He came back to Cincinnati taking it 99 yards to the house.
"I almost broke my TV."
(via @Ravens YT / The Lounge)pic.twitter.com/v7rYwKnyCV
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) May 5, 2023
Here’s what he had to say:
“I’m watching the game at home. I got the TV on. I’m leaving to the bathroom—like we’re about to score—and I just hear ‘AHHHH!’
I knew our crowd wasn’t louder than Cincinnati that game. Don’t get me wrong, our fanbase is crazy at every game…but I’m just hearing ‘AHHHH!’ out of nowhere and I’m like, ‘What?’
I start rushing back to the TV and I look and they scored. I almost broke my TV. I was about to be one of those people, but then I thought I got to pay for that, so there was no point.”
Props to Lamar for the self-restraint.