On Sunday, an on-field incident occurred between Cardinals defensive end Darnell Dockett and Cardinals safety Kerry Rhodes.
On Monday night, we reported that the Cardinals planned to let the Jets score late while leading 7-6 and driving toward the Arizona end zone, in the hopes that the Cardinals would then force overtime via a touchdown and a two-point conversion. We also reported that Dockett objected to the plan. Strenuously. We further reported that Dockett eventually may his point by spraying it, not saying it, spitting in the face of Rhodes.
According to the Associated Press, Dockett said Wednesday that he has apologized to Rhodes for a “very heated argument” sparked by the plan to let the Jets score.
“It’s something that I don’t believe in, something that I didn’t understand,” Dockett said. “It was frustrating at the time. At the end of the day, I am never, never going to lay down and quit. I’ve been playing football for over 20 years. I’ve given this organization, I’ve given Florida State, I’ve given my high school everything I’ve got. I love the game. I play with passion and I’ll never quit.”
He’ll never quit, but he’ll apparently spit.
It’s unclear whether Dockett addressed the spitting allegation. Rhodes has denied it, in an email sent by a franchise that as we understand it is trying hard to keep a lid on this one.
Our source insists that the spitting happened. And, really, if Dockett did something for which he had to apologize and for which he reportedly will be disciplined and none of the various FOX cameras picked up any pushing or shoving or punching or kicking, the only reasonable explanation is that Dockett spat/spit/whatever.