Report: Harvin, Frazier had heated exchange


Vikings receiver Percy Harvin is one of the most explosive players in the NFL.  In more ways than one.

His fierce skills come with a fiery (at times) demeanor.  The latter reportedly manifested itself earlier this month, via a “heated exchange” with coach Leslie Frazier.

Tom Pelissero of reports, citing “four NFL sources,” that Harvin and Frazier argued “in front of some players and staff members.”  That would be at least the second incident between player and coach this season; previously, Harvin was seen jawing at Frazier during a game at Seattle — the same game in which Harvin suffered his ankle injury.  During the offseason, Harvin was upset about something other than his contract, and he asked for a trade.

Per Pelissero, some believe that the second argument, not the ankle injury, prompted the decision to put Harvin on injured reserve for the bulk of the season.

If the report is true (and we’ve got no reason to think it isn’t), it’s the latest in a long line of incidents involving Harvin.  He clashed with former Vikings coach Brad Childress, with Frazier playing the role of peacemaker more than once.  And at Florida, Harvin reportedly grabbed receivers coach Billy Gonzales by the neck and threw him to the ground.  Harvin was never disciplined.

The end result could be a decision by the Vikings to get what they can for the 2009 NFL offensive rookie of the year and move on.  What they get — and what he’ll get by way of a second contract — could be influenced by his history.  Eventually, however, someone will take a chance on a guy who gives any team a better chance to win.

75 responses to “Report: Harvin, Frazier had heated exchange

  1. ” Percy, I would like you to meet two former diva receivers, TO and Chad. They thought they had the world by the short hairs at one time in their lives too.”

  2. Very very talented WR and football player. Hes a playmaker but he needs to get his head on straight. He and AP can be a special team but its up to him.

  3. As a devoted Vikings fan it’d be hard to see him go but at the same time do whats best for the team. That locker room doesn’t need a selfish individual. Draft picks aren’t a bad thing.

  4. Percy would be in a better mood if he had a decent QB who could get him the ball.

  5. I have said it before and I will say it again, I would rather have Randall Cobb on my team. Not because he is better, because he plays every game and has a great attitude.

  6. He looked as if he was improving, but he has to change his attitude.

    He may wind up with a similar issue that Finley has in GB. Tons of talent, but a terrible attitude is a good way to look for a new job. He may wind up burning too many bridges.

  7. Good lord…even Tom Pelissero said on the radio today that the media is taking his report too literal and it really diddn’t mean anything…he got upset about his ankle because it wasn’t healing fast enough…big friggen deal?? Pelissero also confirmed this argument had NOTHING to do with him going on IR and it was all about the injury.

  8. Given the Viking’s long list of criminal behavior, Harvin should fit right in. He can hang with Chris Cook and learn domestic coping skills, grab a beer or two with Jared Allen and take driving lessons (at 100 mph or more) with Peterson. Why on God’s green earth would he request a trade? Unless the reason is he wants to play on a team with a chance at the Superbowl because we all know that’s never going to happen in Minneapolis.

  9. ducksk says:
    Dec 20, 2012 8:51 PM
    Vikequeens need another ride on the love boat. They have been a mess as a team for years.
    I see what you did there. You took the ‘kings’ out and inserted queens because its some sort of insult when you do that. Right? It’s original!

  10. If the Redskins had a first rounder, I’d trade it without hesitation for Percy. Any chance Vikings would take a straight trade for Kirk Cousins?

  11. I am a Packers fan, but yet a big Percy Harvin fan. He plays with intensity, but doesn’t know how to turn off that switch when he is on the sideline apparently.
    I see how slot WR are used in this league (Cobb, Welker..etc) and Harvin could do that and more. I hope he figures it out, he is a talent. I am sure there would be plenty of teams that would be interested.

  12. Harvin could use a change of scenery. The vikes could use a 2nd or 3rd rd pick to upgrade their split receiver and harvin could be a missing piece for a good team. Maybe the pats trade for him and let welker walk

  13. What happened to those migraines? I guess he’s gotten those under control. That’s good news.

  14. “….Harvin reportedly grabbed receivers coach Billy Gonzales by the neck and threw him to the ground. HARVIN WAS NEVER DISCIPLINED.”

    And THERE, ladies and gentlemen, lies the problem.

  15. uberdepressedbrownsredsfan says: Dec 20, 2012 8:59 PM


    I think he may have burned that bridge all ready, with Brad Childress if he is there next season.

    I think they butted heads a few times.

  16. If Stokley retires, imagine him in the slot in Denver. If there’s anybody who can keep him in control it would be Peyton and the legalized weed in Colorado doesn’t hurt

  17. rightwingguy says:

    Dec 20, 2012 9:27 PM
    You guys know nothing of percy, this guy works his ass off and doesn’t have a great qb, best slot receiver in football. He plays hard as help.

    Agreed. Vikings passing game runs thru him and prior to going on IR, he had only missed 3 games since 2009.

  18. We’ll pay him. He’s hurt and we wouldn’t trade him unless the deal was right. They wouldn’t let him go for less than a 1st rounder or a blue chipper.

  19. whatever whatjusthapped
    the vikings will make it to the superbowl some time I am hoping soon been a viking fan even last year, also so you cant call me a band wagon fan, I know they have lots of talent, just need better coaching and fill in our other wholes, ap has given our team life but our defense has also stepped up. Both sides need to step up to win, or it would be like the packers game when they played in Greenbay and you know what when they come knocking on our dome, they are going to go down.

  20. Big deal? He had a spat with the coach! He’s a passonate player who didn’t want to be injured! The Vikes will renew his contract!! theres no way they trade such a true talent!! Besides the Vikes would want way to much for Percy!! He was after all rookie of the year!! The rest of the NFL can stop drooling!! Percy is staying PUT!

  21. This is what happens to prima donnas who are coddled their entire lives at school. They rarely had to go to class, could do drugs, assault people, sexually assault women, or steal with little or no repercussions. Urban Meyer had a chance to properly mold his players into proper citizens, discipline, and have respect for elders. Instead he allowed top players like Percy to run rampant. When he doesn’t get his way he conveniently has a “migraine”.

  22. That post Harvin for Fitzgerald was a good idea. Percy skipped practice the week before the NFC Championship and went out and fumbled. He has never practiced hard, he learned all the bad habits of Moss. He’s young but he threatened his coach in college and both pro coaches. He has major anger management problems. Good player during the games but lots of times after big runs or hard hits he sits out for 5 or 6 plays. Maybe if he practiced harder he would have better conditioning. If the Cards were up for it, do the trade. A win/win.

  23. I remember that Seattle game when he went to the sideline and got into it with Frazier, right after Ponder threw him a pass over his head and behind him. Without a doubt, he is upset at the play of Ponder and I don’t blame him. Four of the last five games and he has thrown for less than a 100yds per game ….pathetic. I felt that he wasn’t really hurt this bad he just refused to play with a crap QB. He will ask for a trade at end of season.

  24. getadealdonealready says:
    Dec 20, 2012 10:50 PM

    Harvin for Fitzgerald – both teams win!

    I was thinking the same thing. Fitz is a hometown guy in MN and wants out of AZ I think. But there are a couple problems. 1) Fitz has a bad QB situation now…MN’s is much better. 2) Fitz’s contract makes him virtually UNtradable.

    As a Vikings fan Fitzgerald for Percy and a 3rd and 5th rounder and Fitz restructures his contract.

  25. Lacks respect for authority? CHECK. Likes to whine to the media? CHECK. Has a bad attitude & is a me-first player? CHECK. Perfect fit for the New York Jets? CHECK.

    How about a Revis for Harvin swap this offseason? That would fill holes both teams have & could honestly be a good move. Before Jets fans sound off about how Revis is better & how the Jets need the Vikings’ 1st round pick for the next 10 years in addition to Harvin, look at their respective positions. Revis is probably the best CB in the NFL – or a close 2nd to Pat Peterson – but having a highly skilled, multi-faceted, game-changing-type WR is much more important than having 2 great CBs. Harvin was having a breakout year for the Vikes before he went down. If I’m not mistaken, he was leading the league in receptions & had at least 5 TDs before his season got cut short. Also, Harvin did that with having Christian Ponder throwing him the ball – not necessarily Peyton Manning, but probably better than Mark Sanchez. Harvin is the type of player that the Jets are in dire need for & Revis, at this time, is nothing more than a luxury for the Jets & once he holds out & demands a 3-4 year deal at $18 million per season – he is slated to make only $3 million in 2013 – Revis will become a luxury that is out of their price range.

  26. kevinwi says:
    Dec 20, 2012 8:58 PM
    Good lord…even Tom Pelissero said on the radio today that the media is taking his report too literal and it really diddn’t mean anything…he got upset about his ankle because it wasn’t healing fast enough…big friggen deal?? Pelissero also confirmed this argument had NOTHING to do with him going on IR and it was all about the injury.

    That’s only because he got a call from Winter Park – I bet Tommy longs for the days of covering the Packers at this point.

  27. Because Greg Jennings will be a free agent and Harvin is under contract for 1 more year so it would be Jennings in addition to Harvin. People are talking about trades that make sense. Not the idiot thoughts like Harvin for Cousins. No way. Maybe Harvin for a receiver and one of the Skins #1’s. Or Harvin for Titus Young. No chance. Maybe Young and Burleson and a 2nd rounder. Who do the Jets have the Vikings want? Fitzgerald for Harvin would be a good trade for both teams but the Cards will most likely not do that because they are going to sign Alex Smith and be good fast.

  28. Talented football mind with a grade school mentality. Another example of a pro football player who could write his own ticket financially on natural talent and just wont KEEP HIS BIG MOUTH SHUT! Absolutely, every team wants a player who will argue with the coach and disrupt the positive vibe of the locker room. Wait a sec, did I say that right? Maybe if he keeps up the attitude in a couple years he can join TO & OCHO-ZERO on the greatest Madden team ever created by WR’s that nobodies wants.

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