Texans rookie Jalen Pitre has the internet baffled after the ball seemed to stick to his glove after an interception … but was it sinister or just a well-executed celebration?
Houston rookie Jalen Pitre left the internet baffled Sunday after the ball appeared to get stuck in his glove following an interception, but all may not be as it seems.
The Texans have had a tough season, going into the final week with a 2-13-1 record, but rookie Pitre has been a bright spark at safety.
This week, however, he made headlines for stranger reasons, after video surfaced online of him celebrating in the end zone after recording an interception.
Jalen Pitre runs to the end zone to celebrate his interception against the Jaguars on Sunday
Pitre then celebrated and seemed to joke that the ball had stuck to his glove.
Taking the celebration to new levels, Pitre even removed his glove and left it on top of the ball.
Running towards the fans, the 23-year-old can be seen trying to throw the ball into the crowd, only for it to “stick” to his gloves, with cameras even showing him removing his glove and the ball still appearing to be underneath. her.
While some fans immediately took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the elaborate celebration, others believed it to be a more sinister act and implored the NFL to investigate.
One article written about the moment argued that it will likely spark an “NFL investigation into the gloves players wear on game days,” while one Twitter user noted, “Magnet on the ball.” Magnet on the gloves.
However, most social media outlets saw the glove fall off the ball as it was thrown to the ground, a split second of the clip revealing the truth.
Pitre has been one of the standout rookies in the NFL, despite the Texans’ terrible losing season.
Pitre celebrates with his teammates after the interception during the third quarter in Houston
There was a mixed reaction on social media, with some insisting it was just a joke.
Although his tongue appeared to be in his cheek, David Chao urged the NFL to investigate.
One user called the NFL ‘hyphenated’ and said it was ‘nothing new’ after seeing the clip
‘Wow everyone in the comments really thinks it’s glued,’ said one fan. Is a celebration. It’s clear that when he drops the ball, the glove falls off and jumps to a clip where his teammates have already picked up the ball and continued to play.
Another shed some more light on the situation, adding: ‘Come on, that’s a celebratory stunt. The glove fell off the ball as he removed the glove, and King could be seen placing the (unstuck) glove on the ball as he returned it to Pitre.
Hilariously, a Texans fan chimed in and said, “Bro, we lost 31-3 and everybody’s accusing us of cheating.” We’re just trying to survive here, man.
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