On New Year’s Eve, New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson came down with a would-be catch out of bounds and, likely frustrated by the limitations of the man doling out passes from under center, hucked the rock into the ground.
It kicked up, finding the helmeted jaw of Bademosi, the Pats’ fifth cornerback.
Seizing the opportunity and the spotlight, Bademosi displayed why he chose football over stage and screen, waiting a second or two before flailing and hitting the deck in an attempt to draw a penalty on Anderson. The Jets wideout probably deserved penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. But for whatever reason—perhaps the bombast of Bademosi’s flop—a flag never came.
When this is the @nyjets best play of the day, you know that the #jets got their butts kicked again. Johnson Bademosi should win the Emmy for best acting performance in a live sporting event. #NEvsNYJ #NFL @nflnetwork pic.twitter.com/R2qkwB0Ydj
— Manuel Salazar (@MMS0272) December 31, 2017
After dispatching the Jets by a score of 26-6, Bademosi’s teammates enjoyed a laugh at his expense.
A group of Patriots DBs were just huddled around Patrick Chang’s iPhone cracking up over Johnson Bademosi’s flop.
— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) December 31, 2017
As did basically everyone who’s ever been on Twitter and is aware of football.
Johnson Bademosi: pic.twitter.com/dIxSbzHmHo
— Kevin Clark (@bykevinclark) December 31, 2017
— Irv🇵🇷 (@IRodC) December 31, 2017
When Bademosi meets Marcus Smart pic.twitter.com/Rtntk6W0rD
— Accordion Man (@Accordion617) December 31, 2017
Bademosi hilariously kept the charade up after the game.
The Patriots flopper Johnson Bademosi explaining what the heck he was doing pic.twitter.com/0wb51DhpLl
— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) December 31, 2017
“The ball hit me … and I lost balance for a second,” Bademosi said with a slight grin. “I tried to keep it, that’s why, you know … I got weak in one side.”