NFL accuses Bengals, Jessie Bates of faking injury, too

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The Saints and defensive end Cam Jordan weren’t the only ones to find out the hard way that the NFL means what it says when it says to not fake injuries.

The Bengals and safety Jessie Bates have been $50,000 fined, too, for Bates cartoonishly falling to the ground as the Bengals were trying to get substitutes into last Sunday’s game against the Chiefs, per multiple sources.

Here’s the video. Bates can see the Chiefs coming to the line of scrimmage as two Bengals defenders rush toward the line of scrimmage. And he collapses to the ground.

Per the memo that was sent eight days ago to all teams, the punishment includes a minimum fine of $50,000 for the player, a minimum fine of $350,000 for the team, a minimum fine of $100,000 for head coach Zac Taylor, and a $50,000 fine — if applicable — to the position coach. (It’s unclear whether any assistant coaches were fined in Bates’s case.)

Bates will have the right to appeal. And the best way to win on appeal could be to say he was told to do it.

32 responses to “NFL accuses Bengals, Jessie Bates of faking injury, too

  1. I missed the Cam Jordan one, but this fool wasn’t even theatrical. Just blatantly took a knee with 12 men on the field.

  2. So….you pay a fine to win an entire game? Doesn’t seem like the NFL is serious at all haha Especially when these guys are making millions and maybe even having the owner pay their fines.

  3. They should also change the rule to if you stop the clock in the final 5 minutes of the 4th quarter due to an injury, you have to miss the rest of the game in the name of player safety and competitive fairness.

  4. The NFL should introduce a ‘Worst Actor’ category for their award ceremony at the end of the season and have these guys on there. Maybe the public humiliation will put an end to this poor sportsmanship nonsense.

  5. Seems like I remember a video replay of the booth where it looked like the a Bengals coach was telling him to go down. Anybody else remember that?

  6. This is not his best fake. To this point of the season, he is faking his attempt to become one of the highest paid safeties.

  7. Bates been faking playing well in his contract year as well. Lot of business decisions being made.

  8. For those of you who are trying to use this as justification for the Chiefs losing, BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    The Bengals “getting away “ with things… they should be kicked out…they are cheaters…

    WAH! You’ve lost 3 in a row to a better team, you have been outplayed, and we need your SSN’s so that we can claim you on our taxes next year.

  9. Bates’ fake injury was even more laughable than we see in the FIFA tournament. Talk about lazy. He didn’t even try to make it look like a real injury.

  10. The Pacers and Chiefs cheat more than any other teams in this league. At least that’s what it seems these last four seasons alone.

  11. Teams have been doing this for years. And people need to stop crying. One play did not win the game so anyone who thinks that play impact of the game is crazy. it’s been part of the game for decades stop crying like big old babies

  12. Chuck Knox’s estate should pay the fines. All of them. Or else take that bust out of the Hall of Fame.

  13. The team was also fined (350k) so, with the Bengals being owned by the 2nd poorest owner in the NFL (only two not worth at least a billion), somebody may get in trouble internally. Either way, it was one of the poorest fakes I’ve ever seen and I’ve been watching the game for 47 years.

  14. There should be an immediate unsportsmanlike conduct penalty as well- although probably difficult to call depending on the circumstances.

  15. pittsburghdamned says:
    December 10, 2022 at 3:16 pm
    It’s not like the Bengals aren’t known for dirty players.

    1325Rate This———- the irony of a Pittsburgh fan calling any other team dirty LOL

  16. Unless the NFL has a physician there independent of the team, they cannot make that call.

    Regardless, it didn’t change the outcome of the game. The Chiefs scored on that drive.

  17. Microphone conversation…. Pretend you’re injured, we have too many on the field…. Uh, you paying my fine plus moral costs for lying to the media and NFL? Yes, we’ll pay!!! Ahh, my leg…. (Ricky Bobby version)

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