Friday, February 5, 2010
Crowder: I didn't pick sides in Porter feud
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Channing Crowder doesn't believe he got himself in trouble with the Miami Dolphins' front office for public comments that ostensibly supported fellow linebacker Joey Porter in his feud with the club.
Crowder was the co-host on Miami sports radio station WQAM when Porter unloaded on the Dolphins over a lack of playing time.
Three days later, Crowder suggested everything was cool between him and Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano.
"I talked to Tony afterwards, and Tony didn't say anything about it," Crowder said. "I wasn't picking sides. I was saying that the situation where your teammate is taken out of the game the day before the game was a surprise. It really was uncomfortable because we didn't really know what was going on.
"Joey's mad. He's visually mad. He's verbally mad. He's just upset about the situation. He was getting some stuff off his chest, and I was listening. It was an uncomfortable situation, but I don't think I'll get in any trouble because I really didn't say anything offensive. I just gave my opinion of the situation. That's what radio is."
Crowder free-spirit personality and chattiness have gotten him into trouble before.
In 2007, before a game in Wembley Stadium, he created a stir in London with seemingly playful comments he didn't know they spoke English in Great Britain and that he couldn't locate it on a map without help.
Last summer, the Dolphins placed a gag order on Crowder after he engaged in a verbal joust with New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan.
"I'm known for that," Crowder said. "I've been misquoted sometimes. Sometimes I'm not misquoted; I just say some dumb stuff.
"But I didn't pick sides. I was just trying to show how the situation looked from our end."
Here's what Crowder said on the air with Porter in reference to veteran outside linebackers Porter and Jason Taylor losing occasional snaps to Cameron Wake and Charlie Anderson in critical situations:
"If the game's on the line, I want my two Pro Bowlers coming off the edges. That's my mind as an inside linebacker.
"If I see different guys out there, not bad mouthing anyone, I'm going to be like 'Peezy, you straight? You good? You healthy? J.T., you straight? You healthy? Why aren't you all out there?'
"It was a funny situation among the team. The coaches and team are all supposed to be together as one, but there's till that camaraderie that gathers. It was an uncomfortable situation among the team, and I know I'm not the only player that thinks that. I know a lot of the other guys were, too."