Reporter fired after ‘inexcusable’ question to Jeff Okudah at NFL Combine

During the week of the NFL Combine, a reporter’s question to former Ohio State defensive back Jeff Okudah went viral.

Okudah, who is projected to be a top-five pick in the NFL Draft, was asked about his “sloppy” play.

“Sometimes you have a tendency to get kind of sloppy. How are you looking to kind of improve that?” the reporter asked. Okudah put the reporter in his place by responding, “I had zero pass interferences, zero holdings, so cut the tape on again. I think you might see something else.”

It was a great response, and a good moment for social media. But about a week after the conclusion of the NFL Combine, the reporter who asked the question was fired specifically for how he addressed Okudah.

The reporter, Pranav Rama, revealed himself as the person who asked the question Friday, saying he opted to leave The Scorecrow and pursue other opportunities.

The publication had a different response.

According to The Scorecrow, Rama was fired as a result of the question he asked.

Firing someone because of one bad question seems a little extreme, but Rama’s decision to double down appears to be what really got him in trouble.

Rama tweeted shortly after the video of himself went viral, arguing his question was fair. Then on Friday, Okudah quote-tweeted it with a GIF of himself, putting a big spotlight back on Rama.

Rama defended himself in a response saying, “This was not meant to be a personal attack on you. I had asked many players about their flaws to pick their brain and figure what type of player and what type of work ethic they would show based on their response along with body language. I hope you a have a good career Jeff.”

His reply doesn’t make a ton of sense since he asked about penalties at the NFL Combine. And as Okudah pointed out, he wasn’t flagged for any major penalties, so it’s not a fair question to ask.

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