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.