UPDATE: Now with spit-tastic video below! And it appears that Channing was telling the truth this time.
Channing Crowder is an entertaining guy, always quick with some harsh words for his opponents. But it takes a unique and skilled athlete to constantly criticize his opponents and enemies and actually back it up on a NFL field week-after-week and, unfortunately, Crowder is not one of them. He’s not even unique or skilled. At best he’s quirky and available to play. Yet that doesn’t stop him from running his mouth and making excuses for pitiful play. Like yesterday, when Crowder and the Miami Dolphins lost a 26-10 poopfest to the Baltimore Ravens. Don’t worry, though. Crowder has an excuse – Le’Ron McClain spit in his face.
After the loss, Crowder told reporters that he was told by Dolphins officials not to talk about the incident, but he went ahead and talked about it plenty. Crowder said McClain spit in his face and then ran away to hide behind his team that was subsequently making Crowder look like a sorority flag football player all day. Crowder also accused McClain of cut-blocking him throughout the game, which explains it all now. Crowder is a victim and I really hope he says something intelligent to explain it all…
“Then they said something about they let [Dolphins linebacker] Karlos Dansby get away with a face mask the play before,” Crowder said. “Who the f— cares? A guy just spit in my face! I don’t give a damn about Karlos pulling somebody’s face mask. Like they didn’t see [Dolphins quarterback] Chad Henne get hit twice when he slid. Yeah, a little Stevie Wonder and Anne Frank.”
Asked what the Anne Frank reference meant, Crowder said “Who was that? Is that the blind girl? Helen Keller … I don’t know who the f— Anne Frank is. I’m mad right now. F— it. I’m not as swift as I usually am. (Via ESPN)
McClain denies ever spitting in Crowder’s face, instead chalking it up to incidental saliva while the two were face-to-face, butting heads and trash talking. Crowder finished the game with 4 tackles, no assists, no sacks, no forced fumbles, and no interceptions, but he did lead the Dolphins in “Dude, I was totally going to tackle that guy if you didn’t.” In four games this season, Crowder has 13 tackles and 1 assist, but don’t worry, he’ll show McClain the next time he shows his face in Miami.
“But Le’Ron McClain spit in my face. He spit in my face. That’s some real ho s—. So if you talk to him, go tell him. And if he ever comes to Miami, he’s got to see me.”
Yeah, you tell him. You tell him that I’m unfriending him on Facebook. Thankfully, Ravens wide receiver Derrick Mason stood up for his teammate and was more than willing to point out Crowder’s less-than-stellar numbers.
“You have to be able in this sport to be able to back up what you talk, and for some reason this guy every time he says something he doesn’t back it up,” Mason said. “He’s not a marquee player. I don’t think they even want him on this team, but they have no one to replace him. So he has to be there.
“He’s in the game, and he’s getting knocked down. He’s getting pushed out of the way. The guy is horrible. Honestly, the guy is horrible. He’s probably a good guy. Not taking that away from him, but he’s horrible. He’s not a good football player. Honestly, he needs to go back and watch the film and humble himself and not say anything.”
Crowder about signed his ticket out of town when he openly criticized the team for letting Joey Porter walk last year, but you can’t just send a guy like Crowder packing, not when he has amassed one interception in six seasons. You just don’t find talent like that every day. Except maybe in Canton.