Seattle Times- One source confirmed a report that Harvin had gotten into an altercation with former Seahawk Golden Tate before the Super Bowl that resulted in Tate getting a black eye.
A source also said Harvin had an altercation with Seattle receiver Doug Baldwin in the week leading up to the final exhibition game this August at Oakland that resulted in Baldwin getting a cut on his chin and each player being excused from practices that week. Harvin, who did not practice for two days before that game, did not make the trip to Oakland for what the team said at the time was “a personal matter.”
One final straw, a league source said, came in Sunday’s 30-23 loss to Dallas when Harvin apparently balked at going back into the game in the fourth quarter. Harvin played 26 of 48 official snaps but did not play 11 of the final 17. He finished with six touches for minus-1 yard.
So Percy Harvin sounds like kiiiiiiind of a dick, huh? I guess that explains how a player with MVP-caliber talent can get traded twice in less than 24 months. Roughing up your teammates and refusing to enter games with playoff atmospheres are kind of a big deal to NFL coaches and execs. The minute your ability no longer outweighs the headaches you create (literally) and the money you cost, you are shipped to the Island of Misfit Toys North, South, East or West (Bengals, Cowboys, Jets, or Raiders).
The interesting thing about the story is not that Harvin got into a fight with teammates, but who he fought with. A lot of players get into scrums with guys on the other side of the ball, as constantly hitting each other in practice can lead to a lot of aggression. But Harvin fought teammates that play the same position as him. Usually those are the guys you are closest with, even if they are gunning for your job.
So now Hard Hittin’ Harvin brings his ridiculous wheels, injury red flags, and whatever color flags you get after you beat up your teammates. If everything works out, Geno Smith will have a legit weapon at his disposal that could help him evolve as a quarterback. But if it doesn’t, everyone will say this is another example of the Jets bringing the circus to town. Please Jets, never change.
P.S. If Percy ever decides to pound on Eric Decker’s beautiful face, the fans of Eric & Jessie: Game On will be out for blood (and Harvin will probably get his ass kicked).