Feb 28, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Ohio State defensive back Jeff Okudah (DB24) speaks to the media during the 2020 NFL Combine in the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Former Ohio State defensive back Jeff Okudah came into this week’s NFL Combine looking to make good on the hype surrounding him as the top defensive prospect in the 2020 class.

With a 4.48-second 40-yard dash and 41-inch vertical leap, the defensive back took care of business on the field. Then, during a press conference, Okudah showcased his professionalism and ability to weather tough questions as well.

“Sometimes you have a tendency to get kind of sloppy. How are you looking to kind of improve that?” asked the reporter. Without missing a beat, Okudah challenged the notion of the question, asking “sloppy in what way?” “Sloppy, like, penalties and stuff like that,” the reporter responded. Again, Okudah pushed back calmly, noting “I had zero pass interferences, zero holdings, so cut the tape on again. I think you might see something else.”

The moment itself was a great example of a young player showcasing his ability to handle tough media moments but the oddness of the question itself sparked a curiosity in who had asked it to begin with. That reporter, Pranav Rama, who was covering the combine on behalf of sports blog The Scorecrow, revealed himself shortly thereafter.

When pressed about how he came to the conclusion that Okudah’s play is sloppy, Rama doubled-down by saying that while he might not have been called for penalties, there were still many occasions where his play met the criteria.


That’s certainly one way to think about it.

While the drama might have died down in most corners, apparently the incident was causing plenty of consternation in Rama’s. So, on Friday, he tweeted that he was leaving the site following the controversy.

However, The Scorecrow followed up that announcement with an announcement of their own, that Rama had actually been fired due to not only the question but his subsequent doubling-down.

That’s a whole lot of drama for a sports blog you’ve probably never heard of until now. And while it might seem silly to point it out, the incident is a good reminder that if you’re going to play in the adult pool, any media company needs to have the right people in the room, whether it’s ESPN or a small sports blog. Your reputation is on the line with every question as well as any situation that your representatives are involved with. And when things go wrong, you end up with a Maven Conundrum.

Jeff Okudah made sure to get the final word on the matter.

[Sporting News, Eleven Warriors]

About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to sean@thecomeback.com.