Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder says Ravens fullback Le’Ron McClain spat in his face during Sunday’s game. But the NFL says its review of the case doesn’t support that claim.
NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora reports that the NFL will not issue any fines in connection with the incident. Director of Football Operations Merton Hanks reviewed the video and a report from referee John Parry, who was standing next to McClain and Crowder while they jawed at each other, and Hanks decided there was nothing conclusive enough to warrant league discipline.
The video of the incident appears to show McClain’s head moving in a way consistent with a spitting motion, and then appears to show Crowder reacting in the way a person who had just been spat on would react. But you can’t actually see any spit on any of the replays.
And the Ravens are standing strongly behind McClain, with the team’s spokesman telling PFT McClain wouldn’t do such a thing, and Ravens coach John Harbaugh insisting McClain isn’t that type of player.
Dolphins coach Tony Sparano, however, is just as adamant that Crowder is telling the truth, and he says video confirms Crowder’s story.
“I have enough evidence,” Sparano said. “It’s upsetting to me.”
But the NFL says there isn’t enough evidence, and so McClain will not be disciplined.