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Michael Crabtree: "What is a diva?"

We’ve noted before that 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree has a “diva clause” in his contract designed to ensure that he’s a full participant in mandatory activities, an almost-full participant in voluntary activities, and generally not, you know, a diva.

Except that Crabtree doesn’t know if he’s being a diva because he doesn’t know what a diva is.

What is a diva?” Crabtree asked in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle. “Really, I have no idea. . . . Isn’t a diva a female? I don’t know, I’m asking. I mean, come on, that makes no sense. A diva?”

Crabtree has a point: According to Wikipedia, a diva is a celebrated female singer, and a male would properly be called a “divo.”

But is Crabtree a diva (or divo) in the modern sense, meaning someone whose bad attitude makes him more trouble than he’s worth? He reportedly had a bad attitude this summer, leading to a confrontation with teammate Vernon Davis. But Crabtree insists he’s a good teammate.

“I’m telling you, that ain’t me,” Crabtree said. “Not when it comes to my teammates and guys that see me every day. I’m just a regular guy like everyone else.”

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  1. aligreene says: Sep 10, 2010 8:07 AM

    All this goes away once he puts up numbers and the team starts winning

  2. aligreene says: Sep 10, 2010 8:07 AM

    All this goes away once he puts up numbers and the team starts winning

  3. sacdaddy says: Sep 10, 2010 8:11 AM

    I keep thinking of that snickers commercial. HA.

  4. tre_fizzle says: Sep 10, 2010 8:11 AM

    When T.O. was openly making comments about not getting the ball, his QB, his OC, etc…THAT was being a diva. A guy who doesn’t talk to the media a lot, didn’t play in the preseason due to a neck strain, and got into an argument with a teammate (not a fist fight like, oh…the Cardinals)…I fail to see how that’s a diva.

  5. Drat says: Sep 10, 2010 8:19 AM

    Uhhh, MDS, let me explain. The word is applied to certain players because they act like pampered spoiled megastar female singers, always needing attention and jewelry and someone to take care of their every need, living in LaLa Land, being divorced from reality. They suffer daily emotional trauma over what people say about them, pouting, stomping their feet. They need the limelight. And yes, they act like women.
    So, no, “divo” won’t work.

  6. joetoronto says: Sep 10, 2010 8:19 AM

    Michael: It’s easy, just look in the mirror.

  7. dakotah says: Sep 10, 2010 8:19 AM

    Michael – check in the mirror. What you see is a diva.

  8. notoriousbri says: Sep 10, 2010 8:24 AM

    Diva
    [dee-vuh, -vah]
    –noun, plural -vas, -ve
    a distinguished female singer; prima donna.
    -see Michael Crabtree

  9. promichael says: Sep 10, 2010 8:27 AM

    I have myself often wondered why in our culture today people use the word diva, which means a celebrated female singer as the article notes. I
    would suspect that most people believe they are referring to a person who believes they should be celebrated and show that attitude.

  10. favrecansuckit says: Sep 10, 2010 8:28 AM

    Did this article just happen?

  11. My Coke Can says: Sep 10, 2010 8:29 AM

    Come on Crabtree, you are playing like Betty White out there.

  12. billsfan1 says: Sep 10, 2010 8:37 AM

    except that T.O has been putting up numbers for over a decade……and he shows up for training camps and busts his butt…..
    michael crabtree is a diva and a pansy….id like to punch him in the mouth and watch him turtle…. and he hasnt proving anything…. he acted like a diva when he was drafted

  13. Drat says: Sep 10, 2010 8:38 AM

    Let me put it more simply regarding “diva.” Whitney Houston and Terrell Owens both have loads of talent, but they’re bitches to be around.

  14. BarrySanders says: Sep 10, 2010 9:00 AM

    Crabtree isn’t a ‘diva’. He’s had one confrontation and it was due to VD’s inability to keep his mouth shut and talk to him behind closed doors. Sure, he’s shown some immaturity at times, what 21-22 year old hasnt. In terms of personality, Crabtree is more like Andre Johnson than Randy Moss. I guess its going to take 10 years for most of you to figure that out.

  15. Ocho says: Sep 10, 2010 9:02 AM

    “Really, I have no idea. . . . Isn’t a diva a female?”
    So, Michael, are you saying that you aren’t a female?

  16. HarrisonHits says: Sep 10, 2010 9:07 AM

    This guy supposedly has a college education yet doesn’t know what the word Diva means. The teachers who pushed him through because he was a star player should be ashamed of themselves.

  17. JagMania65 says: Sep 10, 2010 9:17 AM

    “Are we not men? We are Devo!”

  18. Suitcasehead Golic says: Sep 10, 2010 9:21 AM

    He also has a Douchebag clause–which he’s living up to nicely..

  19. Florio Splorio says: Sep 10, 2010 9:21 AM

    Get together, get straight, I do the taxi, it’s not too late…to whip it. Whip it real good.
    Love Devo!!

  20. fortyniner16 says: Sep 10, 2010 9:26 AM

    Crabs is afraid of going across the middle and taking a NFL hit.
    If you want to soar with the eagles at night (play in NFL games) you have to fly with the hawks during the day( particpate in practice and pre-season games)
    It’s called TEAM WORK!!!!!!

  21. FireJerryJones says: Sep 10, 2010 9:43 AM

    So pretty clearly… this guy came out of school early.
    Stay in school kids.

  22. BarrySanders says: Sep 10, 2010 9:44 AM

    Not my words, but this is who he is…..
    The truth about Crabtree:
    1) his workout habits and conditioning are exemplary.
    2) He never avoids contact on the field and never hesitates to catch passes over the middle or in traffic. He does not hear footsteps and is never afraid to take a hit.
    3) He has never sought publicity, thus, he is clearly NOT a diva (by definition, a diva seeks publicity and attention).
    4) He is developing into one of the best possession receivers in football.

  23. MyDrinkingTeamHasAfootballProblem says: Sep 10, 2010 9:46 AM

    It’s more politically correct to say Diva than to call him a Bitch which is what Vernon probably called his ass and I’m sure he did nothing about it cause Vernon would prob crush that dude if he wanted to.

  24. Nosredna says: Sep 10, 2010 9:50 AM

    So when will Crabtree put on the funny looking red hat?
    Are we not men? WE ARE DIVO (DEVO)

  25. slizz says: Sep 10, 2010 10:09 AM

    I’d die laughing if the Seahawks play “Beyonce – Diva” when announcing Crabtree a la the Lions playing “Piano Man” for Joey Harrington a couple years back.

  26. Kevin from Philly says: Sep 10, 2010 10:10 AM

    Whip it good, Crabtree.

  27. DirtMcGirt38 says: Sep 10, 2010 10:21 AM

    “2) He never avoids contact on the field and never hesitates to catch passes over the middle or in traffic. He does not hear footsteps and is never afraid to take a hit.”
    LOL
    Like when Lawyer Milloy made him crap his pants last year and instead of catching the go-ahead TD, he covered his face and fell on the ground?
    http://www.fieldgulls.com/2010/5/12/1470233/lawyer-milloys-game-winning

  28. 100 no's and 1 yes still mean yes says: Sep 10, 2010 10:25 AM

    “What is a diva?” Crabtree asked
    Answer:you

  29. StevieMo says: Sep 10, 2010 10:41 AM

    He’s a bust waiting to happen.

  30. thats_what_she_said says: Sep 10, 2010 10:41 AM

    billsfan1 says:
    September 10, 2010 8:37 AM
    except that T.O has been putting up numbers for over a decade……and he shows up for training camps and busts his butt…..
    michael crabtree is a diva and a pansy….id like to punch him in the mouth and watch him turtle…. and he hasnt proving anything…. he acted like a diva when he was drafted
    ————————————————-
    Hey, to the 1 Bills Fan out there.. I bet Crabs would knock ur a$$ out. He’s proven that he’s got lot’s of talent – missing all of pre-season, training camp and 5 games and instantly meshing with the offense on the fly. Worked hard this off season learning the playbook and is ready to show why he shoulda been picked in the top 5.
    The strained neck was the result of a bad fall on an all-out effort to make a play – in the OFF SEASON.
    I can see that ur upset, possibly bitter… hey, ur entitled to ur own opinions. Outta curiosity, does this anger stem from the frustrations u have for ur own team? Still waiting on Lee Evans to be The Guy? Smart move taking spiller when u have jackson and lynch – oh, and NO O-LINE..
    fortyniner16 says:
    September 10, 2010 9:26 AM
    Crabs is afraid of going across the middle and taking a NFL hit.
    If you want to soar with the eagles at night (play in NFL games) you have to fly with the hawks during the day( particpate in practice and pre-season games)
    It’s called TEAM WORK!!!!!!
    —————————————————–
    Soar with the eagles, flying with hawks? what??!
    U must’ve missed the monday nighter against the Cards last year, when he caught a pass over the middle and continued down field for a TD..
    As far as “TEAM WORK”, when shaun hill was starting, and Crabtree finally signed. He stayed back during the bye-week and took reps with Alex Smith.
    He’s not a loudmouth and never asks/seeks media attention. Kudos to the Browns for their draft saavy ways and avoiding this “diva”. Having a player carrying a loaded gun into an airport is much less of a headache.. Thanks to Al being Al and letting crabtree slip to the 10th spot.
    Just wait and see.

  31. StevieMo says: Sep 10, 2010 10:41 AM

    He’s a bust waiting to happen.

  32. txtumbleweed says: Sep 10, 2010 10:43 AM

    Crabtree is the opposite of a Diva. He is a quiet kid who dosen’t like publicity. He has been stuck with a label that simply isn’t true. Haters will find a reason to hate whether it is true or not as long as it fits their opinion.

  33. Canned Gravy says: Sep 10, 2010 10:45 AM

    See:
    MN – QB #4

  34. Tinbender says: Sep 10, 2010 10:48 AM

    So he doesn’t know if he’s a He or a She? Seems like he’s adjusted to the San Francisco lifestyle rather well.

  35. superb owl says: Sep 10, 2010 10:49 AM

    she is in denial.

  36. A_MAC says: Sep 10, 2010 10:55 AM

    Crabtree has two chains around his neck at all times, one of a crab and one of a tree.
    In the locker room he plays a song he recorded after being drafted that has a chorus of “I’m michael Crabtree, He’s michael crabtree”
    He has a bedazzled helmet, gloves and cleats the dude loves diamonds.
    He wants a new contract already.
    he plays stupid like he doesn’t know what a diva is.
    Cuz thats what diva’s do.
    Look for draft day photos of michael from last year
    he was hilarious.

  37. CanadianVikingFan says: Sep 10, 2010 11:11 AM

    Crabtree’s panties are in a bunch and has a sandy vagina, I don’t know what else is needed to be considered a woman.

  38. JSpicoli says: Sep 10, 2010 12:02 PM

    It is a nice way of saying “Pussy”.

  39. robert ethen says: Sep 10, 2010 12:07 PM

    Then Michael sang the finale from Flight Of The Valkries before tearing open his shirt and collapsing in a heap on the ground.

  40. thats_what_she_said says: Sep 10, 2010 12:21 PM

    CanadianVikingFan says:
    September 10, 2010 11:11 AM
    Crabtree’s panties are in a bunch and has a sandy vagina, I don’t know what else is needed to be considered a woman.
    ——————————————————–
    dude, stfu… as a fellow canadian, don’t make us come across as sharing YOUR ideal criteria of what a woman should be.
    “Sandy vagina”? Really? Pull ur head outta ur ass, and understand that just cuz ur mom gets plowed on the beach and gets a little dirty – that all chick don’t have sand up their cooch.

  41. Raiders757 says: Sep 10, 2010 12:40 PM

    # Florio Splorio says: September 10, 2010 9:21 AM
    Get together, get straight, I do the taxi, it’s not too late…to whip it. Whip it real good.
    Love Devo!!
    ———————————————
    For someone who loves Devo, you sure did a good job in muffing the lyrics to their song. Nowhere in “Whip It” does it “I do the Taxi”. Just so you know, it’s “try to detect it”.
    …and as for Crabtree, I’m sure he’ll become a decent receiver, but those defending him not being a diva, are just fooling themselves. His diva attitude was well known before he was even drafted. He’s a “me first” kind of player and always will be.

  42. tom coughlin's coat holder says: Sep 10, 2010 2:01 PM

    when the browns pass on you,somethings up.

  43. fanquest says: Sep 10, 2010 3:59 PM

    Hey, the truth of the matter, plain and simple, is if Crabfacetree doesn’t want dialogue against him, then just ‘train somewhat nearly like JRice…JR’, and go to all the ‘ota’s, play in all the pre-season games, etc’…its’ still a priveledge, you idiot, to play in something called the NFL which is ‘bigger than you’ll ever be’. Earn something, for a change, you didn’t EARN your HOLD OUT or your SALARY yet, dufuss…

  44. 49ersMang says: Sep 10, 2010 3:59 PM

    If you don’t know a Michael Scott, then you are Michael Scott!

  45. steelers rule says: Sep 10, 2010 5:53 PM

    Hey Craptree, look in the mirror and you will see a diva!

  46. RaiderhateR4Life says: Sep 11, 2010 1:23 AM

    StevieMo- You just hope he is a bust because you retards passed him up for butterfingers… Crabtree played 11 games and still had more yards than your little candy bar over there across the bay.

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