Reporter to say at combine Okudah’s play was ‘sloppy’ gets fired
ByGARRETT STEPIEN 14 hours ago
The reporter that called former Ohio State cornerback Jeff Okudah play “sloppy” last Friday at the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine has faced disciplinary action. The Scorecrow, a daily fantasy sports website, announced Friday on Twitter that it let Pranav Rama go from its staff one week after a question about Okudah’s 2019 season was inaccurately and aggressively delivered to the consensus All-American and likely No. 1 defensive back taken in the 2020 NFL Draft.
“Official Statement: We have let @PranavRama1 go from our site,” Scorecrow said about Rama in the first of three threaded tweets. "His error in judgment and lack of research involving @jeffokudah at the Combine was inexcusable. We understand that people make mistakes, but Pranav not only embarrassed himself and us, he also doubled down.
"Instead of apologizing for the lack of preparation and moving on, he made the situation worse. It was unprofessional and does not reflect our values here at The Scorecrow. We strive to be accurate and give intelligent analysis in our sports coverage.
“Again, we apologize to Jeff Okudah along with our fans and readers. We will continue to bring you top-notch sports analysis, Fantasy articles, and DFS advice on a daily basis. We appreciate all of our followers and readers. Thank you.”
Okudah met with the media last Friday in Indianapolis when Rama’s question caught the 2019 Jim Thorpe Award finalist off guard. After gradual improvements throughout the 2017-18 seasons, Okudah broke out in 2019, not flagged once for a defensive interference or holding penalty while intercepting three passes and breaking up nine more.
“Sometimes you have a tendency to get kind of sloppy,” Rama said. “How are you going to improve on that?”
Okudah leaned forward and squinted at Rama almost in disbelief.
“Sloppy in what way?” Okudah said.
Rama stammered before alleging that Okudah had a penalty tendency.
“Sloppy like with penalties and stuff like that,” Rama said.
Okudah immediately took the inaccurate characterization to heart.
“I had zero pass interferences, zero holdings … so put the tape on again,” Okudah said. “I think you might see something else.”
One day later, Rama took to Twitter and revealed himself last Saturday. Instead of backtracking and offering an apology, he doubled down on his approach.
“So apparently I was trending yesterday because of how I pressed @jeffokudah,” Rama said in the tweet. “It may be just be a play or two but those plays are the difference between a SuperBowl and a couch sitting at home. It’s our job to ask the tough questions whether the general people like it or not.”
Okudah found Rama’s tweet Friday and was not buying the explanation, issuing an according reply. Six hours later, Rama announced that he was leaving Scorecrow, but his now-former employer clarified 30 minutes afterward.
Over 35 games in three years from 2017-19, Okudah recorded 83 tackles (one for loss), 18 pass breakups (three interceptions) and two forced fumbles (one recovery).
Okudah measured at 6-foot-1 1/8 and 205 pounds with 32 5/8-inch arms and a 78 5/8-inch wingspan before going out last Saturday and running a 4.48-second 40-yard dash, 41-inch vertical jump and 135-inch broad jump.