The Twitterverse was abuzz Saturday after Louisville Cardinals guard Chris Jones had the flop of the year after he pretended to get hit in the jaw by Kentucky Wildcats center Dakari Johnson. No foul was called against the Kentucky player, and after the replay made it to Vine, it became clear why. Hundreds of people began to remark Jones was not actually touched in the altercation. The incident has become known as the “ghost elbow.”
A clip posted to Vine by user cjzero was viewed nearly 25,000 times in less than 30 minutes on the video social media site. Johnson’s elbow is nowhere near Jones’ face, yet the player grabs his jaw in apparent agony.
Since Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence was at the game, USA Today joked the “American Hustle” star might have given Jones some acting tips before the game. Complex quipped he might have attended “Shakespeare's Camp For Boys” when he was younger.
Former Kentucky player DeMarcus Cousins was just one of the people who went on Twitter after the infamous flop. “The fact he still acting like his jaw hurts!!” he tweeted. The message was shared and liked thousands of times.
Other netizens had similar reactions to Cousins’ remark. Some of their tweets have been posted below:
Great acting by Chris Jones. That ghost elbow knocked him pretty hard. Lmao
— Jay Williams (@RealJayWilliams) December 27, 2014
Chris Jones should be ashamed with that flop. He even kept rubbing his jaw afterwards lol. Embarrassing!
— Shane Stovall (@ShaneKySportsco) December 27, 2014
Credit to Chris Jones for taking that flop and sticking with it for 5 minutes. Even JLaw appreciates the commitment. #UofLTheaterProgram
— Mark Krebs Jr. (@MarkKrebsJr) December 27, 2014
The Grammy for best flop goes to... Chris Jones. Haha
— Ryan L Smith (@ryanlsmith_) December 27, 2014
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