There's been plenty of talk surrounding New York Jets wide receiver Percy Harvin and the reasons the Seattle Seahawks decided to trade him so quickly and for so little. While Harvin wasn't as effective as advertised on the field, especially given his contract and the price Seattle paid to acquire him, many are talking about Harvin's anger issues and the dissension in the locker room surrounding them.
Shortly after reports of the trade were filed, rumors of altercations involving Harvin followed. Lance Zierlein of Sports Talk 790 reported there was a history of confrontations with Harvin, including him punching former Seahawk wideout Golden Tate in the week leading up to the Super Bowl. Adam Schefter of ESPN confirmed that report, while Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk took it a step further in detailing what occurred between Tate and Harvin.
According to Florio, Harvin reportedly "body slammed" Tate at the team hotel, and that the other players "initially feared Harvin broke Tate's neck." The report also goes on to say that Harvin might have been in danger of "being on the wrong end of a Code Red from teammates who had enough of his angry, moody, erratic ways."
That report detailed previous issues with Harvin dating back to college. It mentions arguments he had with coaches while with the Minnesota Vikings, including one in which he and former Vikings head coach Brad Childress "nearly came to blows."
It doesn't end there. Harvin and Seattle teammate Doug Baldwin had an altercation during the preseason that resulted in Baldwin getting a cut on his chin and both players excused from practice, according to Bob Condotta and Jayson Jenks of the Seattle Times. The "final straw" reportedly came in Sunday's loss to the Dallas Cowboys, when Harvin "apparently balked at going back into the game in the fourth quarter," and did not play 11 of the final 17 snaps.
There's a lot being said about Harvin, who will be expected to kick-start the Jets' offense, and almost none of it is good.