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Crabtree already is playing with fire on his "diva clause"

MichaelCrabtree.jpgThe contract that Michael Crabtree ultimately signed with the 49ers ties millions in base-salary escalators to at least 90 percent participation in all activities — mandatory and voluntary.  The provision has come to be known as a “diva clause.”

And so with voluntary offseason workouts launching on Monday, the reformed diva was there 30 minutes early for Day One, right?

Well, no.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports that Crabtree missed Monday and Tuesday, before showing up on Wednesday.

Though each Friday is set aside as a make-up day, Crabtree at best will be at 75 percent for the first week of his first set of offseason workouts.

And so we suspect that the 49ers likely are echoing Elaine from “The Contest”:  “This is gonna be the easiest money I’ve ever made in my life.”

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54 Responses to “Crabtree already is playing with fire on his "diva clause"”
  1. RaiderMight says: Mar 17, 2010 5:57 PM


  2. StevieMo says: Mar 17, 2010 6:07 PM

    A true headache waiting to happen in SF. Like predicting the sunrise.

  3. brownsfn says: Mar 17, 2010 6:11 PM

    I thought we heard enough about this friggin guy LAST year…

  4. WarrenMoonGOAT says: Mar 17, 2010 6:13 PM

    Florio do u have a grudge against all atheletes?
    did Crabtree not sign an autograph for u?

  5. Midway Monster says: Mar 17, 2010 6:14 PM

    No big deal. Just wait until next year when he is holding out. I am sure that will be worth 40-50 posts.

  6. aram42287 says: Mar 17, 2010 6:21 PM

    niners are done already!!! GO CARDINALS!!!

  7. Abe Froeman says: Mar 17, 2010 6:31 PM

    It’s his money. Whatever.
    Gonna be a great WR.

  8. karmathaitch says: Mar 17, 2010 6:32 PM

    Dude, your playing like Betty White!!LOL!!

  9. Percy Nugz says: Mar 17, 2010 6:33 PM

    Guys like will always cause headaches, you just hope the production out weighs them. In other words; you hope hes more like Randy Moss and less like T.O.

  10. dogma1 says: Mar 17, 2010 6:34 PM

    He is going to good but he us going to be insane, he won’t be a 49er for very long, he wants to play in Dallas.

  11. clintonrb says: Mar 17, 2010 6:39 PM

    hes yet to prove anything yet is continually being trouble
    a superstar in his mind only

  12. Bwa Ha Ha says: Mar 17, 2010 6:39 PM

    Cut the monaaay!! He will learn quick

  13. JaMarcus Russell #2 says: Mar 17, 2010 6:40 PM

    Everyone talked smack about Oakland selecting DHB ahead of this guy in last years draft but this was the reason why. The guy has a big attitude problem and is going to difficult to deal with. this guy thinks he’s god’s gift to receivers and will in the end turn out to be a nobody in the NFL and a bust in the end.

  14. FlorioIsAlwaysWrong says: Mar 17, 2010 6:43 PM

    Really Florio? Seriously? After you highlight the most important fact, which is he can make up any days missed by showing up on a Friday, you say he can only be at 75% by the end of the week. Yeah until next week when he does Monday – Friday again and gets caught up to 100%.
    Sometimes you are such a pathetic douche its not even funny. The guy missed all of camp and 6 weeks of the season last year and showed up in good enough shape to play the entire game the next week. I think his strength and conditioning is probably going to be fine.
    Douche. Keep reaching for these stories.

  15. 49erFaithful says: Mar 17, 2010 6:47 PM

    Crabtree is the next T.O. in San Fran. Next thing you know, he’ll be calling Alex Smith “gay.”

  16. cobrala2 says: Mar 17, 2010 6:51 PM

    Who’s Elaine?

  17. ghostrider says: Mar 17, 2010 6:51 PM

    I’m not worried about Crabtree missing a couple of weight lifting sessions. Dude missed training camp, pre-season, and the first 5 games of the regular season but came in shape and played well.
    I’d be much more worried if he had a lethargy addiction and a history of weight issues.

  18. shaggeez says: Mar 17, 2010 7:01 PM

    you have to at least put up stats first to be considered the next T.O. he’s doing it all backwards.

  19. NinerNation says: Mar 17, 2010 7:01 PM

    No…everyone gave Oakland crap because they took a players that would have lasted at least until the end of the first round. Oakland could have traded back multiple times and would still have been able to draft DHB. Nobody would have cared if the Raiders had taken Maclin…but they didn’t, Al was stupid, and chose DHB.

  20. Dolphinatic says: Mar 17, 2010 7:09 PM

    Crabtree is a stud. Who cares if he showed a day or so late.He was probably out spending money and getting laid, I’d be late too (as long as his lady friends aren’t) . He is no dummy he will make his % and his $. Don’t hate him because he is great without even having to try ( though he does). DHB is a joke, Crabtree is the man. Deal with it.

  21. Old Manny of the Mountains says: Mar 17, 2010 7:10 PM

    if this “site” still had the “rate your response” option, I wouldn’t have to be “posting” this and wasting bandwidth.
    FlorioIsAlwaysWrong would get 5 stars for his response, and so would ghostrider.
    did I mention that this site should bring back the rating of response option? And while your at it, why don’t you add a “rating Florio’s Latest News and Rumors option”
    I would rate this piece of “news” at a 2.5

  22. nawabi24 says: Mar 17, 2010 7:15 PM

    U morons making a big deal because he missed the first two day!?? hahaha wow…. Keep drinking the haterade cuz every single one of you would LOVE him on your team. A couple weight lifting sessions is not a big deal. Crabtree’s a beast and will be a definite pro bowl this upcoming season.

  23. downsouth49er says: Mar 17, 2010 7:16 PM

    I didn’t know cardinals fans existed until warner came along…warner is gone now lets see how many cardinals fans are talking shit next year lmao…bandwagon guys

  24. last starfighter says: Mar 17, 2010 7:24 PM

    He can stay home and drink hooch with Brett Favre while their teammates work hard. They do this because they are divas.

  25. NoKoolaidCowboy says: Mar 17, 2010 7:32 PM

    The kid already has more money than he has ever known what to do with. He doesn’t care, ultimately the only ones that really do care will be the SF Fans.

  26. SF Saints Fan says: Mar 17, 2010 7:40 PM

    Will be very interested to know if Crabtree shows up on Friday AND participates and if he shows up next Friday AND participates. The guy has talent, but he has DIVA written all over him.

  27. raiderrob21 says: Mar 17, 2010 7:58 PM

    Hes just doing his time there. He doesnt want to be there. hes waiting for his next contract for his next team. This is just the beginning of the games he will play to try and get an early exit out of there. Hell be in Dallas soon.

  28. HarrisonHits says: Mar 17, 2010 8:04 PM

    I can laugh with derision at the people defending this turd. He acted like an a-hole of epic proportions last year and when he finally did sign and play was mediocre on the field.
    He will end up as the next pacman or one of the other idiots who are out of the league soon after they enter it.

  29. bwisnasky says: Mar 17, 2010 8:31 PM

    No…everyone gave Oakland crap because they took a players that would have lasted at least until the end of the first round. Oakland could have traded back multiple times and would still have been able to draft DHB. Nobody would have cared if the Raiders had taken Maclin…but they didn’t, Al was stupid, and chose DHB.
    But the problem with that is assuming you can find a partner to trade down with. The only team that wanted to trade into the first round was the Jets, and they did so by trading with Cleveland, who had a higher pick than the Raiders did. In fact, the only other team that wanted to move up was Tampa Bay. Right choice or wrong choice about the player, Oakland did what it wanted to do and got the player they wanted. And it’s not like DHB wasn’t expected to go in the first round anyway.. despite the all the criticism the poor kid has received. Everyone wanted to think they needed or should have taken Maclin… but the fact is the powers that be believed they had their Maclin… in Johnnie Lee Higgins. I’m not saying they are right about JLH, but that was the mold of Maclin. And Higgins has shown flashes.. just not consistency.

  30. ICEWALKER says: Mar 17, 2010 8:50 PM

    How can someone who missed 2 days of practice get his participation up to 100%?
    Maybe close, but he’ll never, ever get to 100%.

  31. iusedtobeteddybayer says: Mar 17, 2010 8:56 PM

    Do you know ‘lil Napoleon Florio is about four feet tall?
    Short people have no reason to live.

  32. RayDaMayor says: Mar 17, 2010 9:27 PM

    Elaine……she is Elaine Crabapple…..used to live 6 houses due west of Samatha Stevens, i.e. Bewitched

  33. raiders177 says: Mar 17, 2010 9:29 PM

    Well, he could have had a legitimate reason to miss the first two days (Russell missed the first day due to closing in on a house, which even though I hate him, is legitimate).

  34. irishfan4life says: Mar 17, 2010 9:36 PM

    # dogma1 says: March 17, 2010 6:34 PM
    He is going to good but he us going to be insane, he won’t be a 49er for very long, he wants to play in Dallas.

  35. slipkid says: Mar 17, 2010 9:40 PM

    jamarcus in training.

  36. SFrancis1680 says: Mar 17, 2010 9:41 PM

    slow news day, huh FLORIO?

  37. polishkingski says: Mar 17, 2010 9:41 PM

    with out regard of how it will play out florio is just pointing out how people refuse to show respect. does this guy have any other talent besides running fast and catching a football? i am a very laid back person but c`mon man at least act like what you have been given means something to you. its just common etiquette.

  38. shake&bake says: Mar 17, 2010 9:44 PM

    Al isn’t that stupid he didnt pick pick Crabtree ! They dont call him baby T.O. for nothing ! The niners will never win a Super Bowl again anyway unless Joe Montana comes back. They didnt do anything before Joe and pretty much nothing since he left. So i dont hink baby T.O. is going to make a difference.

  39. aious says: Mar 17, 2010 9:50 PM

    I didn’t see anything special out of him last year.
    To this day nobody has been able to tell me what makes him that good in the NFL

  40. Anarcho Purplism says: Mar 17, 2010 9:58 PM

    I think you are forgetting that Friday’s do not count against his %. They are make up days.
    Week 1
    M- miss, Tues- miss, W- Make, TH- Make & F- Make
    = 3 for 4 = 75%
    Week 2
    M- Make, Tues- Make, W- Make, TH- Make & F- Make
    = 5 for 4 = 125%
    8 for 8 = 100%

  41. ClownBurger says: Mar 17, 2010 10:04 PM

    I personally find it pretty sad that people are defending him on this.
    That’ attitude is a reflection of society or at least the youth of society right now. aka PATHETIC

  42. jamaltimore says: Mar 17, 2010 10:23 PM

    Samari Mike will use his proven strategy to motivate!

  43. bigunit 1 says: Mar 17, 2010 10:25 PM

    florio knows divas like Crabtree & downsouth49ers when he sees one. They need to be held accountable. 49er boys gonna take another lickin down south on this fella.

  44. mflo8duece says: Mar 17, 2010 11:05 PM

    hey whiner nation, there is only 1 nation and that is the RAIDER nation. All of you rainbow flag supporting vegan diet eating whiner fans can support crabtree all you want. Besides, you are missing the point of this article. The fact of the matter is that Crabtree is a DIVA. Isn’t a diva a female version of a hustler?

  45. says: Mar 17, 2010 11:05 PM

    Off-season workouts, basically hitting the gym with team mates for a short amount of time.
    That isn’t worth the escalators? Was he filming a commercial?

  46. Jack Acid says: Mar 17, 2010 11:24 PM

    Why is this news? I strongly doubt it will matter come the opening kickoff.

  47. JimboSlice925 says: Mar 17, 2010 11:29 PM

    The Raider Nation? Really? A nation that cant sell out a home game. A nation with the lowest attendance the last two years. A nation thats seen their team move a couple times. Your “nation” is the laughing stock of the NFL. Your team is a joke. Your city is a joke. Your coach is a joke. Your quarterback is a joke. You haven’t been a nation since the seventies. Crabtree won’t act like a diva with Singletary as coach. Typical ignorant Raider fans…

  48. PDXNinerfan says: Mar 18, 2010 12:39 AM

    If Crabtree continues to perform/grow like he did last year, his deal will be re-worked. We can only pray he will be the next TO headache. Last I checked there are a number of head cases in the NFL. I have my annoyances with Crabtree dating back to the holdout, but he has to an extent proved me wrong. You cannot change the stripes, so looking on the bright side, he has not been the train wreck I expected. Sure he may whine and leave at first opportunity, but look at others around the league who do the same.
    However, there are still 5 months before the season to eat these words I write…

  49. ninerfan5 says: Mar 18, 2010 1:04 AM

    JaMarcus Russell #2 says:
    March 17, 2010 6:40 PM
    Everyone talked smack about Oakland selecting DHB ahead of this guy in last years draft but this was the reason why. The guy has a big attitude problem and is going to difficult to deal with. this guy thinks he’s god’s gift to receivers and will in the end turn out to be a nobody in the NFL and a bust in the end
    really? are you really calling someone a bust when your name is jamarcus russell?!?! anyway, okay its fine, he missed 2 days, thats okay, as long as he gets it together, ill have no problem, unless he’s skiping alot! but all the raider fans are just saying all that because they know davis was dead wrong! this is not why you guys didnt draft him! while you guys are stuck with a true bust who had worse numbers then crabtree with 2x the playing time we get a potentialy pro-bowl caliber player.

  50. OscarMooseFarmer says: Mar 18, 2010 4:32 AM

    Oh keep hating. He is going to be fine. Frank Gore isn’t there either and that wasn’t even worth mentioning.
    The workouts are voluntary and Singletary says he doesn’t expect veterans who would rather work somewhere else to be there.
    Now Crabtree is not a veteran, but i don’t have a problem with him missing a couple of days, especially when he has so much money riding on getting his work in at the facility.

  51. Big Tex says: Mar 18, 2010 9:22 AM

    “play was mediocre on the field”? Really? Yeah the guy overplayed his hand and thought he should have been drafted in front of Bey. Of course he was right and should have been taken in front of Bey, but there’s nothing that anyone can do about Al’s regularly reoccuring “senior moments”. Crabtree came in late and still finished tied for 4th among all rookies in receptions and led all rookies in yards per game. So that’s “mediocre” in your book? DHB (DamnHugeBust) on the other hand ended up tied for 27th among all rookies for receptions and contributed a grand total of ONE TD and ONE game with multiple receptions (two). Now THAT’S mediocre or maybe pathetic.

  52. tre_fizzle says: Mar 18, 2010 12:13 PM

    Missed Training Camp, and 5 games of the season. Came in, played entire first game, started rest, ended up with:
    11 games, 48 receptions, 625 yards, 2 TD’s.
    With no practice before that! He was quiet and respectful the entire time too. Anything written about him never came from his lips.
    He can be back at 100% by next week. He makes up one day this week and one next week.
    You haven’t heard a peep out of him since the holdout…so why is he becoming such a Diva, baby T.O.??
    If you don’t follow the 49ers religiously you have no idea. He’ll have over 1,000 yards this season and do it quietly, effectively shutting you all up.

  53. tre_fizzle says: Mar 18, 2010 12:19 PM

    Crabtree was tied for 55th most receiving yards, in only 11 games. That list includes TE’s. Each team starts 2 WR’s, totaling 64 in the NFL. So he was better than the worst starting WR and again, he missed 5 games, training camp, and was a rookie.
    Tied for 34th in yards per game too.
    I don’t know how this points to him being any kind of a disappointment.

  54. RaiderhateR4Life says: Mar 18, 2010 4:28 PM

    Florio usually when people say you’re an idiot I disagree with them, but come on man get some legitimate news on here. You don’t even know why he missed them in the first place. As for the “DIVA Clause”, name one bad thing Crabtree has said, I repeat SAID, in his college and pro career that justifies that. I know what you would say ‘ well he wanted more money than he was offered’. But I want to know something DIVA- Like that he has SAID…*cricket cricket*… that’s what I thought.

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