A video of Jalen Ramsey went viral on Thursday showing him failing an epic dunk — expect it’s not *that* Jalen Ramsey.
The internet can sometimes be an entertaining and informative place. It more often than not is a cesspool of vitriol and fake news. We had an intersection of those things on Thursday when a viral video interpreted as one thing was actually something entirely different.
For anyone who missed, Carolina Panthers wide receiver Torrey Smith shared a video of someone in a gym failing a dunk about has hard as you can fail one. It’s truly one of those WAIT FOR THE END type of videos tailormade for Instagram feeds. Few things have such a brutal twist ending than this dunk attempt.
After you’re done recovering from watching the awful ending to the video — he’s fine, for those of you wondering — take note of what’s attached. Smith identifies (and also hardcore outs) the poor soul as Jalen Ramsey.
This is where the internet did that thing it routinely does where it something flashy happens and no one stopped to actually assess anything. After all, Jalen Ramsey is a huge name to NFL fans and the idea of him almost breaking his neck on a dunk is #content.
Very few people stopped to actually to pay attention.
It’s a Jalen Ramsey — specifically Jalen A. Ramsey, an All-American High Jumper. It’s not, however, the Jalen Ramsey who plays for the Jacksonville Jaguars. The latter’s Twitter handle is @jalenramsey, which if you actually look at the fine print is not the one Smith tags.
For any tinfoil hat dunk truthers out there, the Jalen in the video confirmed it was him on his Twitter account.
Even without the famous football player angle, this is still a highly viral video that needs to be seen to be believed. The fact of the matter is a human being failed a dunk that hard and walked away to tell the tale.