Porter apologizes, Crowder mum on fine

November, 26, 2008
11/26/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

DAVIE, Fla. -- There was a day of reckoning at the Miami Dolphins headquarters Wednesday.

 
 AP Photo/Alan Diaz
 Miami Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder, right, was mum Wednesday on his fight with Patriots lineman Matt Light which earned them both a $15,000 fine.

Disobedient outside linebacker Joey Porter publicly apologized to head coach Tony Sparano for refusing to come off the field in the final minutes of Sunday's loss to the New England Patriots.

With barely three minutes left in the game, Porter was flagged on consecutive plays for unnecessary roughness and unsportsmanlike conduct and continued to yap at the Patriots. Sparano sent Charlie Anderson into the game for Porter, who refused to leave the field and sent Anderson back to the sideline.

Porter on Wednesday afternoon sat on a stool in front of his locker and addressed reporters, who were instructed by Dolphins senior vice president of relations Harvey Greene not to ask any questions.

"I'd just like to apologize for not respecting coach Sparano's order to come off the field," Porter said. "I wasn't looking at it that way. I was just kind of still playing football. I wasn't trying to make it as being disrespectful to the team or not obeying his order. We have a great relationship.

"It's crazy how you all got ahold of this and just tried to make it seem as if me and him were not good. I listen to all of his orders. I wasn't looking at the situation that way. I was just standing on the field, playing football. That's just my nature. If I'm not hurt I don't like to come off the field.

"So I think it got blown out of proportion, but I definitely apologize to coach, the staff, and that's pretty much it."

Porter then stood up and walked out of the locker room.

Earlier in the day, Dolphins inside linebacker Channing Crowder was fined $15,000 for his altercation with Patriots left tackle Matt Light, who grabbed a helmetless Crowder by the hair and punched him in the back of the head. Both were ejected.

Crowder spoke to reporters with the caveat he would only speak about the St. Louis Rams and wouldn't address the fine or the incident with Light.

"The league's going to do what the league's going to do," was all Crowder would tell me about the situation.

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