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Rams’ William Hayes doesn’t believe dinosaurs ever existed


Williams Hayes helped lead the St. Louis Rams to a 23-17 victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday with a dominant performance that included nine tackles, three sacks, four tackles for loss and five quarterback hits.

But what defensive end had to say recently regarding his insistence that dinosaurs never roamed Earth might garner much more — if not unwanted — attention than his ever-improving play.

Hayes has become pretty close with fellow defensive lineman Chris Long. But the two pals hold vastly different opinions on the existence of dinosaurs, something that has developed into a much-debated “bone” of contention, so to speak, with Hayes suggesting mermaids are more likely to exist over dinosaurs.

“No, I don’t believe dinosaurs existed,” Hayes said, via ESPN. “Not even a little bit. With these bones, it’s crazy because man has never seen a dinosaur, we can agree on that, right? But we know exactly how to put these bones together? I believe there is more of a chance you will find a mermaid than you will a dinosaur because we find different species in the water all the time.

“I don’t understand how [Long] just believes in dinosaurs. That’s just crazy to me. We know they died. We know what a T-Rex eats? That don’t sound crazy to you? We have never seen a dinosaur before but we know exactly where every single rib [was] and which rib goes where. That’s crazy to me.”

Long, meanwhile, thinks Hayes’ opinion is patently absurd.

“He thinks archaeologists place bones underground like a parent would place Easter eggs,” Long said earlier this season. “They just planted them. It’s some large conspiracy. He does not believe that dinosaurs ever existed and he thinks that mermaids are real. I love dinosaurs, so we have a big point of contention.”

Hayes isn’t even the first professional athlete to contend dinosaurs never existed. Former major leaguer Carl Everett famously denied their existence, arguing the bones of the beasts that have been discovered were “made by man.”

In any event, perhaps Hayes is just joking, perhaps not. If he isn’t, that’s one hot scientific take.