Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Porter erupts, already eyeing new teams
By Tim Graham
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Any chance Joey Porter had of rebuilding his relationship with the Miami Dolphins was just blown to smithereens.
Porter was a guest Tuesday afternoon on Miami sports radio station WQAM here on Radio Row and went on what amounted to a 25-minute rant against the team and even listed three teams he wants to play for in 2010: the San Diego Chargers, San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals.
"The gloves is off," Porter said.
You also have to wonder about inside linebacker Channing Crowder's future with the Dolphins. Crowder was serving as a guest co-host on the show and openly questioned head coach Tony Sparano's decision to reduce Porter's playing time.
WQAM producer Brian Spector allowed me to listen on his headphones. I will have a more elaborate transcript later, but here are some highlights I was able to jot down in my notepad.
Porter said there's a possibility he could remain a Dolphin, depending on what they told him, then backtracked by saying "I can honestly say I wouldn't believe them."
Porter said he was miserable the final seven weeks of the season.
"I'll never let them take the fire out of me," Porter said. "But they did that."
Sparano deactivated him in Week 10 because of a violation of team rules. Porter claimed he was punished for going out for dinner rather than staying home while granted practices off to nurse a hamstring injury.
Crowder said the players were stunned to learn Sparano had benched a defensive captain for such an infraction.
"We thought he knocked Tony out," Crowder said.
"It was an uncomfortable situation among the team, and I know I'm not the only one."
The Dolphins declined to comment on Tuesday's radio interview.
Porter said he would like to play for a team that runs a 3-4 defense and is close to his home in Bakersfield, Calif. He specifically mentioned the Chargers, 49ers and Cardinals.
"Those would be good fits I feel could use my services," Porter said.