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Former Bucs DT Baker spent Friday taunting Lightning hockey fans at game

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Friday night was an awful performance for the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team. As despite home ice advantage, they were completely outplayed by the visiting Washington Capitals in a 4-2 defeat in Game one of their best of seven Eastern Conference Final.

The series is by no means over. In fact, the Lightning lost game one two weeks ago to Boston and won the next four games to advance to this round.

But, Friday night was rough. And to top it off, a former Buccaneer free agent bust from 2017, DT Chris Baker, was in the lower level stands of the Amaile Arena, in opposing Capitals gear, taunting Tampa Bay Fans around him with Washington pouring it on.

First, Baker, who came to the Bucs last March heralded as an impact player from the Redskins, posted on social media that he was on his way to the game, while in his Caps jersey:

Once he arrived, and Washington scored early in the game for a 1-0 lead, Baker couldn’t resist letting the Lightning jersey wearing fans around him know about it:

And Baker, who played five seasons in D.C. (2012-16), was just like the Capitals, who poured it on for a 4-0 third period lead, and he poured on the taunts on social media:

Now, for the reality check for Baker.

He was a 300+ lbs. flop on the field in Tampa Bay. After signing a three year $15.75 million deal, Baker not only failed to make an impact on the field with just 33 tackles in 15 games and 1/2 sack, but was also reportedly a problem within the locker room.

This boiled over in a post game locker room incident after the Buccaneers Christmas Eve week 16 loss at the Panthers. That’s, when teammate Kwon Alexander, allegedly had to be restrained from going after Baker, whom he thought was smiling and not taking the loss seriously.

It was also well known from several sources that the 30 year old Baker’s work ethic in practice and preparation for games, especially as the losing season for the Buccaneers wore on, had become poorer and poorer.

So he was released in March.

Now, Baker has signed on to a one year $3 million deal for 2018 in Cincinnati, but only his $300,000 is guaranteed.

Which means, if the hockey fan we saw last night doesn’t put the work in for the Bengals, he will be quickly gone, as well.

On the bright side, it would give him more time to cheer for his Capitals.

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