There isn’t anything funny about being severely allergic to fire ants, especially when you find them creeping ever-so-close to your crotch. That is, unless none of that is happening to you, because then it’s pretty funny.
Former Cleveland Browns fullback Lawrence Vickers wasn’t laughing on Wednesday, though, as he had to leave practice with the Dallas Cowboys after discovering he had fire ants in his pants. And after recently learning that he is allergic to them – he was stung while working out, which resulted in wheezing and a swollen neck – it would be understandable if Vickers panicked.
“I was trying not to squeeze myself in front of women out there,” Vickers said. “I wanted to pull my pants down and run inside, but I couldn’t do that. When those ants get close to those testicles, there ain’t no laughing about that.”
Luckily, Vickers was okay and was able to return to practice. Regardless, it’s doubtful that anyone would blame him for initially freaking out about having those things anywhere near his crotch.