During the Arkansas Razorbacks’ double-overtime win on the road against TCU in Week 2, star linebacker Brooks Ellis was forced to the locker room in the fourth quarter because of cramping.
When Ellis went to the ground to receive medical attention, the TCU crowd rained down boos.
That moment irked head coach Bret Bielema, who sounded off on the Horned Frogs faithful during Monday’s press conference, letting everyone know the character of his player and the lack of respect that booing showed.
“I thought it was very sick moment,” Bielema said, via SEC Country. “As (linebackers coach) Vernon (Hargreaves) said to me, he goes, ‘Yeah, I want Brooks Ellis out of the game. You’re right, we’re faking an injury. We’re taking what we think may be our best player off the field.’ It makes no sense.
“There isn’t a dishonest bone in his body. He was cramping up because he was playing his tail off and he got booed off the field.”
Ellis headed to the locker room for an IV and later returned for the final minutes of the fourth quarter and overtime. TCU may have been booing and trying to heckle Ellis, but it was him and the Razorbacks who got the last laugh.