Four-star football prospect Rahyme Johnson won’t be attending college for another year and a half, but he has already made a couple, shall we say, “smoldering” headlines.
The UCLA hard commit made waves on Twitter last month when he posted a video burning USC gear.
Now, the Bishop Mora Salesian junior is connected to an on-field incident involving smearing Icy Hot in an opposing players eyes.
Per the game recap from LaCanada.com:
With Salesian on its own 12-yard line, the first play of the drive, a dive up the middle, concluded with La Cañada’s Angel Salazar running to the referee and then to his own sideline as he pointed to his face that had irregular substance on it.
The referee stopped play as Zerbel and the La Cañada sideline began to suspect that a Salesian player had sprayed or smeared Icy Hot or something similar on Salazar.
After a few minutes, officials could not prove what exactly happened, but said they would be reporting Salazar and Salesian’s Rahyme Johnson to the CIF. Johnson’s pants had a white substance on them and he was seen washing his hands and taking off his gloves. Salazar washed his face and seemed to be fine, but the incident was the stem of chippy play thereafter in a game that already had a plethora of penalties.
There are a couple outlets that have tipped their hats to Johnson for his behavior. Barstool.com called it “next-level gamesmanship” because “stuff that everybody does and isn’t really a big deal at all as long as you do your best not to get blatantly caught.”
Personally, I think UCLA should be concerned that this could lead to dirty deeds on the collegiate gridiron that could get the Bruins in trouble.
Whatever your position is on Johnson’s behavior, surely we can all agree that he will have a spotlight on him even before his college career starts.
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