The Buccaneers have been in the media for all of the wrong reasons over the past few days after a bad scene in the locker room after a loss.
The Bengals game became a very emotional one in Tampa for a variety of reasons. It wasn’t just emotional for the Buccaneers due to the fact that they played terribly in the second half to throw a game away, but it was also an important game for Giovani Bernard against his former team.
Bernard was a big part of the game on a botched fake punt that ended up turning into points for the Bengals. The reason behind this still remains to be seen, and the attempts to get an answer after the game sparked a media firestorm that has dominated the Buccaneer media cycle.
Here is the video for those who have not yet seen it:
From the tone of the questions to the way the comments by the media were received, it shouldn’t take a lot of scrolling to figure out where public opinion is at. People will be apologizing to Bernard before the week is over. Those apologies may just need to come sooner than later if they want to happen while Bernard is on the roster.
As it stands, people shouldn’t be counting on Bernard to stay on the roster much longer. It’s not like he has done that much this season on the offensive side of the ball, and if special teams reps end like this, is it really worth keeping the vet that much longer?
The Bucs refusing to use Bernard for the better part of two seasons has always been weird. A cut just makes too much sense when a player finally returns from an injury over the next few weeks. It won’t be based on what we saw in the locker room, but Bernard’s play hasn’t been up to the standard to warrant staying in Tampa.
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