Monday, November 8, 2010
Sparano wants to play above expectorations
By Tim Graham
Miami Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano said he has video evidence that supports inside linebacker Channing Crowder's claim that Baltimore Ravens fullback Le'Ron McClain spit in Crowder's face during the third quarter of Sunday's game.
Sparano spoke about the alleged incident for the first time Monday and indicated he would forward video to the NFL. McClain denied spitting at Crowder, one of the NFL's most notorious trash talkers, who went on an epic postgame tirade in the locker room.
"It's upsetting to me," Sparano said. "There's a lot of things that go on in this game from a talking standpoint and trash-talking standpoint. I'm standing there on the sideline yesterday, and I had a player talking trash to me from the other team, and I didn't say one word to the guy.
"Now, that being said, that's part of the game. I get it. I mean, that's whatever floats your boat out there, OK? Really, I don't think it's part of the game, OK? But to some of them that’s what gets them going.
"But this whole deal here about spitting in somebody's face, nowhere in this game do I see any place for that. I just don't."