This past Monday night, NFL fans across the country settled into what was sure to be a nail-biter.
In a nationally televised game, the Baltimore Ravens and the Cleveland Browns, two divisional foes, both faced-off. Each aimed to keep its playoff hopes alive.
Changing leads, lateral-filled kickoff returns, and a last-second field goal delivered plenty of excitement to all the fans watching.
But for people on Twitter, one particular moment was by far the most captivating.
Before 23-year-old quarterback Lamar Jackson led the Baltimore Ravens to victory with a 47-42 win on a , he was forced to jog off field to nurse a slight injury. Broadcasters identified “cramps.”
Jog is too strong a word. Really, Jackson shuffled his way to the locker room.
And when he came back from the locker room, Jackson immediately threw a pivotal touchdown pass.
That sudden star power sent Twitter’s imagination into a spiral.
— Andrew (@Tashville401) December 15, 2020
— NOTSportsCenter (@NOTSportsCenter) December 15, 2020
If Lamar Jackson tries to say he actually had cramps…. pic.twitter.com/urU5QMqchb
— Kimberley A. Martin (@ByKimberleyA) December 15, 2020
— Josh Chavis (@JoshChavis65) December 15, 2020
Lamar Jackson with “cramps” pic.twitter.com/lc20IA5v1r
— SpongeBob Sports (@SpongeBobSports) December 15, 2020
One person even imagined Ravens head coach John Harbaugh getting involved.
— Robbie Miller (@EthicalRobbi372) December 15, 2020
Jackson, however, wasn’t willing to take those poop accusations laying down.
He set the record straight in the press conference following the game, where he explained that in the locker room he received intravenous salt fluids, a common quick fix for athletes experiencing muscle cramps.
When he was questioned a second time, Jackson put his foot down.
Game of the year, followed by the quote of the year from Lamar Jackson.
“I didn’t pull a Paul Pierce”pic.twitter.com/m4F7OFVzvh
— Sarah Ellison (@sgellison) December 15, 2020
With that denial, Jackson was referring to a now-infamous moment when NBA star Paul Pierce left a 2008 NBA Finals game in a wheelchair, only to return shortly after to lead the Boston Celtics to a key victory.
Pierce has even come clean about his dirty secret, confirming that, yes, he left to take a dump.
Poop or no poop, Jackson and the Ravens’ win put them in even better playoff contention. Now with an 8-5 record, the Ravens trail the 9-4 Browns by a single game.
With only three games left in the regular season, strap in for more pivotal games and wild Twitter commentary.