Mohamed Sanu got an unpleasant phone call during the first round

Getty Images

There’s a good chance that Rutgers wide receiver Mohamed Sanu will be off the board by the end of Friday night, but for a brief moment he thought he was a first-round draft pick.

Sanu was watching the draft with his family on Thursday night when his phone rang. The Bengals were on the clock for the 27th pick, and the voice on the phone said that he was from the Bengals and that they would be selecting Sanu. As you might imagine, Sanu’s draft party exploded in joy that stopped just long enough for them to watch Roger Goodell announce the pick.

Which was Kevin Zeitler, an offensive lineman from Wisconsin.

“This is a great kid, I guarantee you, and someone played a cruel joke on him,” Sanu’s agent Mike McCartney, who tweeted that Sanu would be a Bengal before the true pick was known, told Peter King of SI.com. “It is unreal that someone would do that, but it happened.”

Per McCartney, Sanu’s in good spirits despite the prank and excited to join a team that does want him. He’s probably going to be asking for a little more background information from callers on Friday night, though.

81 responses to “Mohamed Sanu got an unpleasant phone call during the first round

  1. Yeah, that’s messed up. Maybe an ex-girlfriend had a guy call him to do that or something …

  2. That’s just plain horrible. This isn’t a long-term serious issue, but it sure spoiled a night that is supposed to be special for so many of these guys. Just completely uncalled for.

  3. I’d be happy that I wasn’t a Bengal. Count your blessings. You’re going to be in the NFL, and you’ll be off the board tonight with a team other than the Bengals. Be happy!

  4. “This is a great kid, I guarantee you, and someone played a cruel joke on him,” Sanu’s agent Mike McCartney, who tweeted that Sanu would be a Bengal before the true pick was known, told Peter King of SI.com

    —————-

    Maybe you should have stopped yourself from all the embarassment by not TWEETING the pick before the announcement, you know, like what Goodell reminded people from doing…..

  5. I saw it all happen live on The Comedy Channel. Crank Yankers. Couldnt that dude tell it was Special Ed?

  6. Great kid, super versatile, recruited as a safety, converted to WR, ran the wildcat couple years ago and returns kicks/punts, what else can you ask from him. Hope he lands in a good situation, all the best to him, maybe Greg Schiano will pick him up.

  7. damn thats messed up. This kid has the talent to be the steal o the draft at WR, and might be available in the 3rd! Reminds me soo much of Hakeem Nicks. Hopefully the Giants snatch him if hes there at the bottom of the 2nd, even thought he shouldnt be

  8. Wow, how low class.

    Future draftees should borrow a cellphone for the draft and call the teams to give them their number, that should help avoid those situations.

  9. Who says it was the Bengals or even anyone from the NFL for that matter?

    It could’ve been someone from a rival school, he torched, playing a joke on him.

    Couldn’t that be a possibility?

  10. Good!! They should do that to every single one of you all so you can let the draft take it’s course and stop looking attention, you egomaniacs.

  11. I hope I’m not the only one that thinks this is hilarious…

    look, I’ve accepted I’m a bad person for laughing… and yes, it’s mean, but this guy really thought he was a first rounder?

  12. as a bengals fan i have to say i dont appreciate the douche bag posing as a bengals rep and making the organization look bad. and if it was in fact the bengals ” which i dont think it is’ then thats BS. but i dont think that were a shady franchise like the browns with colt mccolt saying hes the starter then drafting weeden and the next day hes on the block.

  13. The worst part for Sanu was that he was already trying to get in the team spirit and punched his girlfriend.

  14. They should put a camera in his house for when he is picked, and have him wear a “U Mad Bro?” shirt to show that a$$ who’s getting the last laugh.

  15. bloggingpoodlewalker says: Apr 27, 2012 11:33 AM

    I saw it all happen live on The Comedy Channel. Crank Yankers. Couldnt that dude tell it was Special Ed?
    —————————–

    “I’m going to the Bengals, I’m going to the Bengals, yaaaaaaay!”

  16. morgan420 says:
    Apr 27, 2012 11:45 AM
    as a bengals fan i have to say i dont appreciate the douche bag posing as a bengals rep and making the organization look bad. and if it was in fact the bengals ” which i dont think it is’ then thats BS. but i dont think that were a shady franchise like the browns with colt mccolt saying hes the starter then drafting weeden and the next day hes on the block.
    ***************************************************
    “Making the organization look bad”, really?

    It’s way too late for that, morgan, WAY too late.

  17. Pulp Fiction was harsh but hilarious. This is screwing around with a kid’s head. Not funny. The league should issue codes so players know the team is on the line. And Sanu needs an agent who doesn’t squeal and run to Twitter like a teenager.

  18. why does everyone feel bad for him. he was probably super happy when he found out it was not a real call. kinda like having a near death experience but escaping unharmed. he can have a new appreciation for life now and his new team.

  19. Tough joke, but at least he dodged a bullet by not really being picked by the Bengals.
    Come to think of it, I’m not sure he’s even elligible for selection by the Bengals….
    I’ve not heard of any failed UA’s or felony convictions on his record. He’s not on probation or house arrest for anything is he?

  20. cmutimmah says:
    Apr 27, 2012 11:44 AM
    I hope I’m not the only one that thinks this is hilarious…

    look, I’ve accepted I’m a bad person for laughing… and yes, it’s mean, but this guy really thought he was a first rounder?

    —-
    um… he was one of 26 ppl invited to NY for the draft, so obviously he wasn’t alone in that thought.

  21. Now just keep everyone from posting the premature celebration on U-Tube…………Episode of Pranked?

  22. Could be worse. The Bears front office once called the agent for a draft pick (James Starks) and told them they were taking Starks. Then the GM walks in and says he changed his mind and turned in the draft card for some QB that never even made the team. Things ended up working out OK for him though, as he won a ring with the Packers in his rookie year.

  23. This was def funny but what’s even more funny was I saw a bucs fan and a dolphins fan talking smack about the bengals. Neither of your team were relevent last year and won’t be next year or the year after. Atleast the bengals are in the right direction. Dalton all he does is win!!!

  24. sportsfuhnatic says:
    Apr 27, 2012 11:44 AM
    Who says it was the Bengals or even anyone from the NFL for that matter?

    It could’ve been someone from a rival school, he torched, playing a joke on him.

    Couldn’t that be a possibility?

    ====

    nobody said it was the bengals. Can you read? It was a prank.

  25. Sanu would be lucky to be a Bengal or for any NFL team of that matter. The league is a privilege..

    Yeah.. man it would suck having Andy Dalton throwing to you, with
    Gresham and Green preventing you from being double covered.

    Yeah… what a horrible life that would be. Making fools money for a kids game.

    Too many kids on this board. I vote for an age check.

  26. #1. If I was being drafted. I would probably purchase an extra line just for this day to make sure this didn’t happen.

    #2. Who’s saying it wasn’t the Bengals who quickly changed their minds at the last minute are we’re too chicken to call him back?

  27. I can’t believe people find this funny. I’m pretty damned irreverent, but this just ain’t right. This is a kid…hopefully one of the most memorable nights of his life…and most significant as well…it’s plain wrong to mess with thenkid’s head like that. As they say…there’s a special place in hell…

  28. Nobody pranked the kid. He was on Natti’s board the whole time. Someone just fudged in the War Room and called the wrong guy. They got him anyway didn’t they. Funny how nobody is picking up on this.

    You’re pranked if the team that “called” you doesn’t have you on their board. You aren’t pranked if they get you in the draft regardless of where they get you. Someone just called the wrong number. You can bet Sanu is gonna get hazed about this mercilessly. Dude is gonna have a pile of cheap throwaway phones in his locker 1st day of camp. 😀 lol

  29. “he was one of 26 ppl invited to NY for the draft…”
    __________________________________

    Uhhhh yeah no. Sorry didn’t happen like that. I’m sure the kid is cool an all but he was not invited to Radio City Music Hall. He wasn’t even considered a 2nd round or better talent which those seats are reserved for players of that level of talent. The Green Room only had ONE guy in it midway through the first 2 days. Man how that must suck. Still he was one of the 26 invited. 😉

Leave a Reply