Dockett doesn’t know whether he has a future in Arizona

AP

Two Sundays ago, Cardinals defensive lineman Darnell Dockett reacted strongly to a plan to let the Jets score in order to have a chance to force a tie.

While the team still hasn’t disclosed what Dockett did (we reported he spat in the face of teammate Kerry Rhodes), the franchise saw fit to fine Dockett $200,000.

He spoke about the situation in a recent radio interview, and it appears that the situation may have driven a permanent wedge between Dockett and the organization.

“I have no idea,” Dockett told XTRA 910 Sports in Phoenix, via SportsRadioInterviews.com, as to whether he thinks he has a future with the Cardinals.  “First of all I’m very thankful that the Arizona Cardinals have given me opportunities.  From drafting me and to show my talent, I’m very thankful to the organization.  If I’m not wanted somewhere then I will be happy somewhere else or however that situation may go down.  To all the Cardinals fans, this was not my idea of me being traded or people thinking I might be traded and I came up with this or I said this. I never said that but at the end of the day I’m never going to be anywhere I’m not wanted or I’m not going to be somewhere where I’m treated unfairly. I want to be happy. I play with passion, I give everything I have on the field, I love what I do, I play injured a lot of times and I play through it, I don’t just sit out of games and watch my team go out there and play. Anything I can do to help this football team win I have done it and my record speaks for itself. At the end of the day if it comes down to that then I will take my talents somewhere else.”

Dockett definitely thinks he was treated unfairly via a six-figure fine. “It was shocking,” Dockett said. “‘Man did it come to this?’ I guess they felt like that’s what they had to do or whatever. I felt that it was unfair, I spoke on it, I felt it was out of my hands and I’m not really worried about it. I have a process going on.”

The “process” is an NFLPA grievance, which may or may not result in the facts coming to light.

Whatever happened, the team believes it was significant. Dockett, obviously, believes it wasn’t.  And that disagreement could eventually result in the team and the player parting ways.

23 responses to “Dockett doesn’t know whether he has a future in Arizona

  1. You were given direction from the coaching staff to allow the Jets to score in order for the team to have another chance to win the game…you spit in Kerry Rhodes face…and you didn’t take the direction. You deserve the fine you were given, be a man and take it!! Now you want to cry like a baby about not being treated fairly…you made your bed DD…time to lay in it. Stop trying to act like the victim.

  2. Hey patfanken….you’re math teacher would be disappointed…I posted twice, so that makes it 3 fans so far. As Jeff Foxworthy would say “Here’s your sign”.

  3. theuglitruth says: Dec 15, 2012 11:22 AM

    You were given direction from the coaching staff to allow the Jets to score in order for the team to have another chance to win the game…you spit in Kerry Rhodes face…and you didn’t take the direction. You deserve the fine you were given, be a man and take it!! Now you want to cry like a baby about not being treated fairly…you made your bed DD…time to lay in it. Stop trying to act like the victim.
    _________
    Dockett wasn’t “whining” about the fine. He was addressing whether this situation, which he seems to acknowledge was at least partly his fault, will force him to look for work elsewhere.

    Given how little we know about what actually happened, especially Rhodes’ role in the altercation, it’s pretty tough to speculate on, but it probably boils down to who the new coaching staff is and whether Rhodes, a free agent in 2013, is retained.

    Basically, I just took two paragraphs to say “we don’t know what happened, and because we don’t know what happened, the outcome will depedn on a variety of circumstances, but uglitruth is wrong regardless.” Sorry.

  4. As a longtime Cards fan I can only hope the truth of this eventually comes out. I love DD for his motor and ability to blow-up plays and yes, even for his determination to NOT allow the Jets to score another TD just to have an outside shot at tying the score (seriously, with that offensive offense did AZ have any shot at getting a TD and a two-point conversion?). The fine is incredibly steep, so I’d curious to know what could have possibly warranted it.

  5. I guess “Anything I can do to help this football team win “, doesn’t include doing what he’s told by his coaches. How far did he spit? What is the record, anyways?

  6. Oh just disband the Cards already. 50 years of failure and incompetence is no longer a trend, it’s institutionalized and won’t be changing for another 50 at least.

  7. I totally agree with DD. You don’t give up. How do you explain to the feds that you let a team score – which will lead to accusations of ‘point shaving’?
    Last time I heard there were college basketball teams that did this, and some players were banned for the rest of their eligibility.
    You can’t have it both ways.

  8. FORDmandalay: Oh just disband the Lionss already. 50 years of failure and incompetence is no longer a trend, it’s institutionalized and won’t be changing for another 50 at least.

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