Remember this story from back in 2014?

Then-Detroit Lions tight end Joseph Fauria suffered a mysterious injury – one that was first reported to have taken place at home. Days later, Fauria blamed his sprained left ankle on an adorable puppy.

Fauria said he slipped while trying to prevent the pup from peeing in the house. It was a smart move, because who could get mad at this little guy:

Perhaps the story seemed unbelievable at the time, because it was.

Fauria recently admitted in a podcast that he hurt himself playing volleyball with his neighbors.

“When I (came) down, I (came) down on just ankle, left ankle. This most amazing, shocking pain that I’ve ever felt in my entire left shoots up my leg, and immediately I’m like, ‘Career’s over.’ … That’s how much it hurt,” he said, per ESPN.

“Did I want to lie to my head coach? No, but I was thinking about myself. … (Friends) told me that if the team, the organization, the Lions found out I was playing volleyball and I got hurt playing volleyball, that they could exercise the option of not paying me.”

Fauria played in four more games for the Lions after the injury. He was released the next season, signed with the Arizona Cardinals, and was released again days later.

So, those who questioned the original story can feel vindicated.