Posted: 6:22 pm Sunday, November 7th, 2010
Bad blood: Dolphins LB Channing Crowder says Ravens FB Le’Ron McClain spit on him; Derrick Mason fires right back at Crowder
By Post Staff
One thing was abundantly clear after the Dolphins’ 26-10 loss to the Ravens on Sunday: Channing Crowder wasn’t happy with Ravens fullback Le’Ron McClain, and several Ravens were upset with Crowder.
Crowder instructed reporters to “get your pens out” and called McClain a “b**** a** punk” for supposedly spitting in Crowder’s face when Crowder and McClain tussled after Crowder crossed into Baltimore’s backfield late in the third quarter to call a timeout. Crowder came off the field on the next play to calm down.
“He spit in my face, and that’s why I got mad,” Crowder said. “The refs told me they didn’t see the spit hit my face. That’s some ho’ s***, and he’s a ho.’”
A Dolphins PR official ended Crowder’s interview on two separate occasions before he could say any more. Crowder also accused McClain, a fourth-year veteran from Alabama, of cut-blocking him on several occasions.
“He’s a cutter. He’s soft,” Crowder said. “I want to say some other choice words. He’s soft, and he spit in my face.”
McClain defended himself and denied ever spitting on Crowder.
“I don’t do that. I play ball,” McClain said. “That’s not me. Why would I spit on the dude with the ref right there? We got in a little confrontation out there, but I’m a ballplayer. I guess he was a little frustrated. If you can’t handle it, that’s you. But I hope we move on from it.”
Ravens receiver Derrick Mason, who felt disrespected earlier this week when Crowder referred to him as “the old guy” in an interview, said the Ravens set out for payback on Sunday.
“He deserved it,” Mason said. “They told me at the end of the week they were going to get him back for me and they did.”
Mason, who had four catches for 42 yards and a touchdown, ripped Crowder’s ability in a long rant.
“The guy was either on the ground or getting pushed out of bounds. Willis (McGahee) stiffarmed him and made him look like a fool. There comes a point in time when you’re going to talk the talk walk the walk. He figured he can talk his way through a game. He tried that a few years ago with coach (Rex) Ryan and it didn’t work. I don’t understand why this guy continues to talk. This is not boxing. You can’t scare your opponent. You got to play football and the guy doesn’t want to play football. The guy can’t play football, point blank.”
“The first sign of respect is, Don’t disrespect your opponent, and he disrespected his opponent early in the week.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. 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.”
“They took him out of the game and he played a little bit better. He’s in the game, 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.”
No one else on the Dolphins witnessed Crowder being spit on, but fellow linebacker Karlos Dansby backed up his teammate.
“If I’d have seen that, it would’ve been a damn brawl out there, straight up,” Dansby said. “Hopefully (commissioner) Roger Goodell looks at the film and do something about it. If he don’t, we’re going have to handle it like men. But for you to spit in a guy’s face and then walk away, that’s a coward move. He’s supposed to be some tough guys, they ain’t all that damn tough. They call a coward move like that, that’s just what their makeup is.”
McClain said Crowder, a notorious trash-talker, was talking “too much” during the game.
“They do a lot of yapping,” McClain said. “He’s very disrespectful. I just said, ‘I ain’t going to say nothing to you. I’m just going to play ball. I play for the love of the game, not to be beefing with none of these guys.”