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NFL Won’t Punish Le’Ron McClain for Channing Crowder Spitting Incident

I’m sure we’ve all heard about the incident from Sunday’s Ravens-Dolphins game during which Channing Crowder says Le’ron McClain spit in his face.  People usually don’t make stuff like that up, even if they have a history of being a loud mouth.  Still, when we heard about Crowder’s comments to The Miami Herald, we had to wait for the full story and wait to see the proof before jumping to conclusions.

Then we got proof.  If you haven’t seen the video, you can watch it here.  The evidence is out there for the NFL.  McClain makes a blatant spitting motion in the video following an argument with Crowder and then walks away.  Crowder immediately becomes furious and goes after McClain.  What else could have possibly happened?  Apparently the NFL has never heard of discretion.

According to Pro Football Talk, the league that fines players left and right for hitting receivers too hard chose not to punish McClain.  Director of Football Operations Merton Hanks reviewed all the relevant information — which included the video — and spoke with the official who was right next to the incident and determined there wasn’t enough evidence to warrant league discipline.

In other words, since we can’t actually see a loogie coming out of McClain’s mouth or see any spit hitting Crowder’s face, the NFL has to sit on its hands.  I’m not a Channing Crowder fan by any stretch, but that’s absolute b.s.  The league has fined players for way less.

Video Proves Le’Ron McClain Spit on Channing Crowder During Game

When we first heard from Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder that Ravens fullback Le’Ron McClain spit in his face during their game Sunday, I was reluctant to believe the story. But guess what? As is the case with most things in the NFL, cameras caught the incident on tape and new angles show McClain did indeed spit on Crowder. Check out the video and watch McClain cock his head back and then forward as he releases the loogie:

Now that was one magic loogie! Guess Crowder was telling the truth the entire time, so I guess we can grant him a reprieve from his Anne Frank confusion. Video via Jeff Darlington

Channing Crowder Says Le’Ron McClain Spit in His Face

Channing Crowder has been all over the headlines this week.  Earlier in the week, he made some comments about Derrick Mason being an old man and Mason responded by saying he’s been catching passes since Crowder was still wetting himself.  According to the Dolphins linebacker, the war went beyond words during the Miami-Baltimore game on Sunday, which the Ravens won 26-10.

Crowder told The Miami Herald after the game that Ravens running back Le’Ron McClain spit in his face during the third quarter.  Crowder then proceeded to call McClain a “bitch-ass punk” and a “ho.”  Meanwhile, Mason was in the Ravens locker room telling reporters that Crowder is a “bad player” who will be out of the league before Mason — who’s 36 — retires.

Things kept getting uglier, at least from a verbal standpoint.  The most memorable quotes about the situation came from Dolphins linebacker Karlos Dansby.

Man, if I’d have seen that, there would have been a damn brawl out there, straight up,” Dansby said. “We don’t play that. We some tough guys. But if you take a cowardly way like that, you need to be straightened. Hopefully, Roger Goodell will look at the film and he’ll do something about it. If he don’t, we’ll see him in the street and we’ll have to handle it like men.”

Them there are fightin’ words — literally.  I’d be willing to wager nothing happens “in the street,” but it would probably be wise for Goodell to take a look at the situation and try to do something to diffuse it.  Otherwise the refs will need to be armed with stun guns and riot shields in the unlikely event that the two teams should meet in the playoffs.

AFC Runs Fumblerooski at Pro Bowl with Le’Ron McClain, Score Touchdown

What some call the fumblerooski, others may be more comfortable terming, “The Annexation of Puerto Rico.” Either way, the AFC ran a version of the infamous trick play at the Pro Bowl on Sunday. The play wasn’t quite a fumblerooski because the ball was never placed on the ground and scooped up by a lineman, but the quarterback conspicuously handed it off to Le’Ron McClain on a counter and it befuddled the defense. Check it:

That almost looked just like a rugby play out there. Considering it’s the Pro Bowl and guys aren’t going 100% you can’t be certain it would have worked in real game conditions. Still, the defense was startled by the play and the confusion factor definitely worked. I have to figure this would be successful on two-point conversions and other short situations where you need 3-4 yards and you’re facing a spread-out defense. I know this team I used to play in middle school ran it once a game and always scored a touchdown on us. When the entire offense is moving one way it’s pretty easy to get faked out along with it.