Posted on: August 2, 2010 11:10 pm
Edited on: August 2, 2010 11:56 pm
Apparently, some monster brawl(s) broke out at the Arizona Cardinals' training camp in Flagstaff on Monday night, although you'd think from hearing the quotes about the fracas that it wasn't that big a deal.
Here's the setup (via Ken Somers of the Arizona Republic ): Darnell Dockett and Alan Faneca were doing the whole "football thing," and Dockett knocked Faneca over. As they were lying on the ground, Dockett apparently "took a swipe" at Matt Leinart's feet. Leinart got cheesed and spiked the ball down on the field (note: this might have secretly been the most humorous part of the story).
So, naturally, Levi Brown decided he needed to punch Dockett.
Of course, Darnell Dockett isn't the type of person who takes that in stride, so he threw a punch back. And, just like that, the entire team was "dancing across the field" (read: fighting like crazy).
I haven't come across any video just quite yet ... and somehow , the picture above is actually a DIFFERENT fight -- one that involved Rashard Johnson and Stephen Spach and was a result of a facemask (and, probably, heightened tension on the field).
Additionally, Somers reports that lineman Tom Pestock "threw a couple of uppercuts" at Mark Washington.
So, yeah, if you happened to be hanging out in Flagstaff, it was probably a pretty fun day. Although apparently, it was all for funsies (or something) and no one's "actually" angry.
"There's a lot of intensity out here," Dockett said. "That's what teams do. You don't take nothing from nobody. I love that at the end we came together as one, as a family."
Mmmhmm. Bet Steve Smith wishes he'd thought of that line two years ago.
Update (11:52): Looks like we WILL have video soon, as the Cardinals' own site has promised as much , in addition to offering up a still of one of the actual blows being exchanged between Brown and Dockett.
-- Will Brinson
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Posted on: July 13, 2010 6:46 pm
A few days ago, Darnell Dockett drew a lot of attention for calling out new teammate Kerry Rhodes via Twitter. Rhodes was traveling, and Dockett wrote: “@kerryrhodes u taking all these trips & s***! I hope u getting ready to play some FOOTBALL cuz antrell rolle would be ready.”
Naturally, there was speculation about Dockett and Rhodes’s relationship. Turns out, all is well. At least, that’s what we read into some of their latest Tweets.
“@kerryrhodes -much luv I just want u to bring it! That’s all and We boys but if u don’t bring it, It will be my honor to whip yo ass!! Ok?”
Rhodes responded: “@ddockett so am I and that’s why I was elected captain b4 I would think and all pro and that’s what I’m getting back to. U?”
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Posted on: July 12, 2010 10:04 am
Posted on: July 5, 2010 5:33 pm
Edited on: July 5, 2010 5:35 pm
"@kerryrhodes u taking all these trips & s***! I hope u getting ready to play some FOOTBALL cuz antrell rolle would be ready. #IMJUSTSAYING."
Dockett was likely responding to a Tweet from earlier by Rhodes:
“2 fill u guys in i liked Grown Ups it was cool! and i have been in the bahamas getting mad love out here from the natives and tourist. FUN!!,” Rhodes wrote.
It’s difficult to tell how much humor – if any – is in Dockett’s Tweet. As a New York Jet, Rhodes gained somewhat of a reputation for being flashy. But Dockett has never been one to harp on teammates for offseason workouts. In recent years, he himself has stayed away from certain team activities in an effort to leverage a new long-term contract. (Though he’s yet to receive the contract, it must be noted that Dockett was a strong presence at team facilities this past offseason.)