Swarm of bees invades end zone at Dolphins camp; Post reporter lives to tell tale

A swarm of bees form on the practice field fence during Miami Dolphins minicamp at Baptist Health Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida on June 14, 2017. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Reporting from a war zone is one of the most prestigious — and dangerous — gigs in journalism. What Palm Beach Post reporter Jason Lieser did on Wednesday was nothing like that.

Lieser did, however, bear witness to one of the more horrifying events one could imagine taking place on a football field in Davie, Florida, when a swarm of bees decided to show up at the Miami Dolphins‘ minicamp.

Yes, bees.

It was unquestionably the biggest story of the day at Dolphins camp, and Lieser discussed the dangers of his day’s work on the radio with Chris Wittyngham, who was sitting in for the Big O on his show on 560 WQAM.

“They’ve taken over one of the end zones on the practice field!” Lieser revealed of the bees. “It’s unclear exactly where they came from … we did see a hive. But make no mistake about it, the bees are running the facility right now.”

The bees had so overtaken the field, Lieser said, that “it got to a point where if you crossed the 25-yard line, you were in big trouble.”

But the Dolphins coaches and players would not be deterred.

“The offense kept working in that direction,” Lieser continued unfazed, “and Adam Gase — the guts on that guy! — he sends DeVante Parker on a fly route right into the swarm. And I tell you, there’s been a lot of talk about this being a breakout year for DeVante Parker, and I’ve been kind of like, ‘Yeah, we’ve heard that before.’ But he runs straight into a swarm of bees, and he makes that catch, and [now] I’m a believer.”

Offensive lineman Jermon Bushrod was similarly stoic in the wake of adversity.

“This is the kind of day that separates the boys from the men,” Lieser went on to say. And, on the positive side, as Gase told reporters about his team after practice, “they’ll be ready if they encounter this during the season. If they hit a swarm of bees during a game, they’re ready. They’re prepared.”

Thankfully, there were no reports of anyone getting stung.

Please listen to the rest of this hilarious interview/public-service announcement via the player below.

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