I went ballistic when I first saw this.
The “NFL is rigged” conversation has been happening for years now, but with how things went down in the Jan. 29 AFC Championship Game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals (specifically with the officiating), the talks have ratcheted up.
And now, former Houston Texans and Miami Dolphins running back Arian Foster is getting involved, throwing some fuel into the fire with one statement: “The league is scripted.”
Speaking on his “Macrodosing” podcast with PFT Commenter, Foster elaborated on an off-air comment alleging that NFL players receive a script.
“We were really dedicated to [the NFL’s script],” said Foster. “So, it was more, like, that’s what practice was about, practicing the script. This is what goes on. This is what we have to do … It’s like WWF, so we know what’s going to happen, but you still have to put on a show.”
This led to current Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey also claiming that “giving up 200 to Chase was just me following the script.”
Me giving up 200 to Chase was just me following the script 🤷🏿♂️ https://t.co/Pe4sZf8CVq
— marlonhumphrey.eth (@marlon_humphrey) February 1, 2023
When I first saw this clip — I won’t lie — I freaked out.
HOLY F**K. WHAT IS GOING ON?! https://t.co/kG3vYeW9Mg
— Andrew Powell (@AndrewPowellDC) February 1, 2023
But when you look deeper into it and watch more of the podcast for context (which I did), it sounds like everything was just a big goof. And by the way, great marketing from these guys to use this clip to promote their show amid all of the ratcheted up “NFL is rigged” talk. PFT Commenter even brilliantly said, “can we clip just that part?”
And they did, hilariously without any context, and now it has everybody talking about their show. Just genius.
Here’s the podcast in its entirety. I started at the mark where Foster and PFT started talking about the “script,” so you can get right into it and see everything with context.
Like I said, genius marketing move and it’s hilarious.
But with all of that being said, I could totally believe the NFL is rigged, for the simple fact that my Miami Dolphins haven’t won a Super Bowl since 1974 — I can rock with that narrative. (RELATED: REPORT: Denver Broncos And New Orleans Saints Reach Deal For Sean Payton)
And if it is scripted … NFL, can my Phins get at least ONE here in my time of being alive?
For the love of God, just one!