Percy Harvin Is Still Throwing Shade At His Old Seattle Teammates
A couple of weeks ago, ESPN's "First Take" visited the Buffalo Bills during training camp and talked to, among others, newly signed receiver Percy Harvin. Harvin is trying to make a new name for himself after getting shipped out of Seattle (only for the Seahawks to rally and reach the Super Bowl) and flaming out in New York (where, like everyone else on the Jets, he kind of sucked). But Harvin didn't hold back when asked about what went wrong in Seattle.
It was a little surprising to hear Harvin air the dirty laundry so publicly, but he clearly feels he got shafted, reputation-wise, in the whole ordeal. Harvin's personal PR campaign continued with a profile in the Buffalo News this week, and he continued to tell his side of the story -- throwing shade on Doug Baldwin and Golden Tate in the process:
“His mind traces back those practices 2,600 miles away in Seattle when Harvin played for the Seahawks. The jealousy. The cold glares. When Doug Baldwin and Golden Tate weren’t getting the ball in practice, Harvin said they’d protest. They’d pout on the sideline or switch up their positions in the offense from “X” receiver to “Z,” to “F,” to whoever could get the ball on that play.
To Harvin, the two felt threatened.
“It was a constant thing,” Harvin said. “It was something that got under my skin. I felt like they were acting like kids.”
Here today, Harvin explains how the blow-ups were months in the making. First, he claims both players viewed him “as a threat, rather than a teammate.” He talked to coaches. He talked to Tate and Baldwin. Harvin vows he tried to make it work, even as both lobbied for the ball.
Yet leading up to the Super Bowl, privately and publicly, Harvin couldn’t fathom what he heard.
“We all played the same position. So me coming in took reps from them,” Harvin said. “They wanted to show they were already established having made it to the NFC Championship the year before I got there. So they kind of had the approach of, ‘We don’t need anybody else. We’re established.’ ”
A sense of insecurity? “Exactly, exactly,” he repeats...
“I was like, ‘Whoa, buddy, I’m your teammate! Let’s get it together and let’s go out there and kill people. If you all were already doing this, imagine what we could do with me in there!’ But I just kept getting, ‘If he comes back, he comes back. If not, we’re good without him.’ Finally, I wanted to say something.”
Harvin won’t relive the details but ex-teammate Michael Robinson later admitted that he needed to break up a fight between Harvin and Tate.
In retrospect, Harvin wishes he would’ve kept his irritation “on the back shelf” instead of trying to force a relationship that’d never exist. However, the next summer — before the preseason finale — Harvin and Baldwin fought.
In the middle of this dispute, Harvin actually tried walking away.
“Everybody calls him, ‘Tough Doug’ or ‘Angry Doug,’” Harvin said. “That was one of the times, he tried to use me to show he was a tough guy. I tried to walk away and he came back. It got messy. And I think what happened was the best for me.”
Have you ever started a fight? Me neither. Have you ever lost a fight? Yeah, me neither. Neither has Percy Harvin. Whether Harvin's side of the story represents the one real truth (an unlikelihood) isn't for us to figure out -- though we'd be surprised if Harvin simply came to the team all buddy-buddy and was met with cold indifference at best and hostility at worst. What's more interesting is how willing he is to bash the team that shipped him across the country for virtually nothing, just to be rid of him.
For the record, he's cool with a lot of guys on the Seahawks -- mostly on the defensive side of the ball. We'll see if Angry Doug or anyone else responds.
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