Chase Claypool is quickly becoming one of the most disliked players in all of the NFL, and it’s because of things like this.
Beyond being responsible for crucial bonehead penalties earlier in Thursday night’s Steelers-Vikings game, the WR came up with a game-saving catch on 4th down with 40 seconds left in the game. The Steelers had no timeouts, and needing to spike the ball, Claypool opted to use the precious seconds to celebrate rather than get the ball to the ref in order to down it.
Realizing the situation, a Steelers lineman ran over to grab the ball from Claypool, which got fumbled away and drained a few more seconds off the clock. The Steelers ended up wasting enough time for a second shot at the end zone, which would have put them in a position to tie the game.
When asked about the decision to celebrate post game, Claypool blamed his teammate for knocking the ball away instead of fully accepting that the entire situation was caused his his lack of awareness in a crucial spot.
What a team player.