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SMITH-QUINN FIGHT CONFIRMED

At a time when Browns coach Romeo Crennel is publicly hinting that something happened and Browns quarterback Brady Quinn is privately insisting that nothing occurred, Browns tight end Darnell Dinkins said on WQAL-AM that an altercation indeed occurred last week between defensive lineman Shaun Smith and Quinn — and that Quinn has a mark on his face to show for it.
We’ve separately heard from a source with knowledge of the situation that, indeed, Smith and Quinn got into it.  Here are the details that have been shared with us.
The incident occurred during a weightlifting session on Monday, December 15 Tuesday, December 16.  [Editor’s note:  Our source told us it was the day after the game, and we forgot the Browns played on Monday night.]  After a verbal altercation, between the two, Smith punched Quinn in the face.  And, as Dinkins said, we’re told Quinn has a mark on his face.
Teammates then intervened and pulled the players apart.  While being separated, Smith threw a ten-pound weight at Quinn.  The weight did not strike Quinn.
That said, Quinn continues to claim privately that nothing happened. 
Smith didn’t practice last week due to a supposed calf injury and didn’t play on Sunday, but the tea leaves suggest that the whole thing was aimed at suspending Smith with pay without having to disclose that yet another wheel have flown off the team’s wagon.
Further proof that the team is merely trying to keep things quiet?  WQAL reportedly was prohibited by its parent company, CBS Radio, from replaying the audio of Dinkins’ interview. 
UPDATE:  Apparently, Dinkins is now claiming that he didn’t say that a fight occurred, and Quinn is claiming that he has no mark on his face.  Quinn could be speaking out about the situation soon.

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25 Responses to “SMITH-QUINN FIGHT CONFIRMED”
  1. empty13 says: Dec 22, 2008 8:11 PM

    sally and shauna havin a slap fight… the browns are so damn dysfunctional.
    the lions at least dont take it out on each other. or anyone, for that matter…

  2. screaming sheep says: Dec 22, 2008 8:24 PM

    Last chance for a “I’m Hank Williams Jr. Bitch” Live Blog for this season.

  3. ronry says: Dec 22, 2008 8:25 PM

    This marks the first time Shaun Smith has hit a QB all year.

  4. garyofferdahl says: Dec 22, 2008 8:28 PM

    the source was Floyd Reese

  5. Anrkist says: Dec 22, 2008 8:34 PM

    Of course he doesn’t want to claim he got beat up, who does.

  6. BriDawg29 says: Dec 22, 2008 8:38 PM

    I’m trying real hard to think of something funny to say about this…but there just isn’t anything funny about this year for us true Browns fans.
    Oh wait – I did think of something…my sorry AZZ sitting down there at CBS yesterday in subzero windchills watching this joke of a team “do its business”.
    Guess the joke’s on me…AGAIN!

  7. Elbozaburnin says: Dec 22, 2008 8:59 PM

    Who here wants to bet that this all started because Smith wouldnt take some of Quinns crappy EAS Power Drinks.

  8. wolfgang says: Dec 22, 2008 9:07 PM

    The Browns must really be disenchanted with Quinn.
    Can you imagine what would happen to a d lineman in Indy if he punched Manning?
    Or in New England if he punched Brady?
    When you hit your qb and management doesn’t show you the door, that qb is on shaky ground.
    It certainly looks like all those teams that passed on Quinn knew exactly what they were doing.

  9. erpete says: Dec 22, 2008 9:12 PM

    Dinkins went on to recommend that everyone in Cleveland wear nametags to prevent these fights from happening in the future.

  10. 33243324 says: Dec 22, 2008 9:17 PM

    Shaun Smith is a true brown. Too bad it’s so expensive to flush him down.

  11. MarvinsMentalMidgets says: Dec 22, 2008 9:25 PM

    Shaun Smith was a fat loud mouth bum in Cincinnati too. I am glad to see that he has changed. The guy has never done a damn thing in the NFL and he acts as if he is an all pro.

  12. dopenuts says: Dec 22, 2008 9:33 PM

    fantastic!! what a very exciting plot twist in the soap opera that is the cleveland browns. what will happen next?

  13. Mike Florio says: Dec 22, 2008 9:37 PM

    @erpete . . . .
    hey, do you know who i saw wilding today? kellen!

  14. jdop21 says: Dec 22, 2008 9:53 PM

    Maybe Floyd Reese did leak this story because to start with the date is wrong. Last Monday the 15th the Browns were busy in Philly not getting any first downs, they certainly weren’t in Cleveland beating each other up

  15. garyofferdahl says: Dec 22, 2008 9:59 PM

    @jdop21
    In unrelated news Floyd Reese also reports that Phil Savage was arrested with a male hooker and 12 pounds of marijuana at a Cleveland area Hooters.

  16. splibmoney says: Dec 22, 2008 10:11 PM

    I hate being a Browns fan, and after living in Charlotte for 3 years, I can see little reason I should keep devoting my time and money (gotta pay to see them in NC) to a terrible product.
    Maybe I’ll spend my Sunday’s watching bootlegged cockfighting dvd’s.

  17. 33243324 says: Dec 22, 2008 10:22 PM

    MarvinsMentalMidgets:”Shaun Smith was a fat loud mouth bum in Cincinnati too. I am glad to see that he has changed. The guy has never done a damn thing in the NFL and he acts as if he is an all pro.”
    Hey dumbass, Shaun Smith was never a Bengal. He was previously on the Lions. You gotta be a Brown fan: drunk, fat and stupid. Go Ravens!!!!

  18. savocabol1 says: Dec 22, 2008 10:24 PM

    An inside source told me that we wanted a live blog tonight and it did not happen. sad faces tonight

  19. roscoeparrishfan1994 says: Dec 22, 2008 11:02 PM

    ABOUT TIME HE HIT A QB!!!!

  20. jmclarkent says: Dec 22, 2008 11:05 PM

    “Hey dumbass, Shaun Smith was never a Bengal. He was previously on the Lions. You gotta be a Brown fan: drunk, fat and stupid. Go Ravens!!!!”
    I think you mean Shaun Rogers… Cleveland is full of fat DE/DT’s named “Shaun”.
    …Dumbass! :p

  21. jdi350 says: Dec 22, 2008 11:07 PM

    33243324… You moron. Shaun Smith was indeed a Bengal, idiot. You sure made yourself look like a jackass. Do a little research before you make fun of someone. Shaun Rogers was a Detroit Lion.

  22. Vox Veritas says: Dec 22, 2008 11:09 PM

    “Hey dumbass, Shaun Smith was never a Bengal. He was previously on the Lions. You gotta be a Brown fan: drunk, fat and stupid. Go Ravens!!!!
    See, this is part of the reason why nobody cares about the Ravens: boorish, stupid fans. Same reason nobody cares about the Eagles (but the Eagles play the Cowboys twice a year so more care about them than the Ravens). Yeah genius, Shaun Smith played for the Bengals for four seasons. You’re thinking of Shaun Rogers.

  23. mskrs says: Dec 22, 2008 11:32 PM

    See – this is why I was rolling my eyes last week when people were acting like what Jason Whitten (allegedly) did was SO unusual. “Snitching” from within the team ranks goes on all the time. Some of PFT’s best scoops have come from team snitches – such as when PFT broke Chad Johnson’s legendary display of hypomania at halftime of that Bengals-Steelers playoff game.

  24. JTK1985 says: Dec 23, 2008 12:49 AM

    I am a Browns fan, but I am glad someone hit Quinn. I hate how other fans hype him up, he played awful in the games he was in. The only one he even looked average in was against the same D that allowed Jamarcus Russel to complete 90% of his passes. Im disappointed the weight missed him though.

  25. BarkingTuna says: Dec 23, 2008 1:39 AM

    ———
    JTK1985 says:
    December 23rd, 2008 at 12:49 am
    I am a Browns fan, but I am glad someone hit Quinn. I hate how other fans hype him up, he played awful in the games he was in. The only one he even looked average in was against the same D that allowed Jamarcus Russel to complete 90% of his passes. Im disappointed the weight missed him though.
    ———
    I don’t know where the Browns stand with Quinn, but to be fair, he only played in, what was it, 10 quarters?
    His first start against Denver–the game you mention he played average in. I seem to recall most folks believed he held his own in that game for his first career start.
    His second start in Buffalo–where he broke the finger on his throwing hand in the first quarter.
    And did he make it to the third quarter of the next game, trying to play through the broken finger injury?
    He may turn out to be awful, he may not. But it’s foolish to judge the kid on a game and a half of playing with a piece of his fingertip cracked off and a tendon damaged badly enough to require season-ending surgery.

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