Bills receiver Percy Harvin recently complained about a pair of former Seattle teammates who, according to Harvin, weren’t thrilled about the potential impact of Harvin’s arrival on their opportunities to catch footballs.
During former Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson’s Monday visit to PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio, I asked him what he witnessed between Harvin, current Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin, and former Seahawks (and current Lions) receiver Golden Tate.
“I know a lot about the situation and I don’t want to get in the middle of those guys,” said Robinson, who now works for NFL Network. “You could tell there was something there. You could tell there was something there, and I don’t know what it was. I know I did break up a couple altercations between Percy and Golden, between Percy and Doug before. But you know what if that’s what Percy said was the reason for their conflicts, that’s what you have to go with. That’s what he said, man, I only reacted to what I saw.”
I didn’t push Robinson for more because he clearly didn’t want to say things that would result in a barrage of incoming texts and calls from Harvin or Baldwin or Tate. And it’s hard to blame Robinson for that, since anything he said surely would have been used against him by Harvin and/or Baldwin and/or Tate.
Still, it’s hard to accept Harvin’s version at face value, given the chronic problems he had before arriving in Seattle.
From getting into a heated exchange with former Vikings coach Leslie Frazier to threatening to walk out on the Vikings after the Patriots gave tight end Aaron Hernandez a new contract while Harvin was waiting on his to getting into an argument with former Vikings coach Brad Childress that nearly turned physical to a laundry list of problems at Florida that included alleged throwing receivers coach Billy Gonzales by the neck and throwing him to the ground, Harvin didn’t exactly bring a clean record to Seattle.
So if he was having altercations with Seattle teammates who, as far as anyone knows, haven’t had altercations with anyone else, the common thread here isn’t Baldwin or Tate. It’s Harvin.