Report: Percy Harvin gave Golden Tate black eye before Super Bowl

According to reports, Percy Harvin couldn't get along with teammates.
According to reports, Percy Harvin (middle) couldn't get along with teammates. (Getty Images)

The Seahawks stunned the NFL world on Friday night by trading Percy Harvin to the Jets, less than two years after giving up several high draft picks in order to acquire the speedy receiver.

Harvin's dealt with locker room issues before but things reportedly got ugly prior to the Seahawks Super Bowl win over the Broncos last February. Lance Zierlein of 790 Sports reported late Friday Harvin and Golden Tate got in a fight before the Super Bowl resulting in a black eye for Tate.

Multiple outlets confirmed the report with Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times also reporting Harvin got in an altercation with Baldwin during the week leading up to the final preseason game this year at Oakland. Both players apparently ended up with cuts on their faces and were excused from practice.

Zierlein also reported a "near fight w/#3 in '14" -- i.e. Harvin nearly got in a fight with Russell Wilson. If you do something to make Russell Wilson nearly fight you, you're doing something wrong. No one is more level or low key. 

An NFL source described Harvin as a "time bomb" to Condotta and Zierlein separately.

The Jets move is a bold one. They're 1-6 and just dealt for a big-time playmaker with a big-time history of reported  locker-room issues. High alert is an understatement.

As recently as last week, Harvin was reportedly declining to enter the game against the Cowboys late in Week 6's stunning home loss. 

Looking at pictures of Tate from immediately following the NFC Championship Game (left) and during an interview from Super Bowl week (right) it sure appears he suffered some sort of injury to his left eye, resembling a bruise similar to a black eye.

Sure looks like Golden Tate suffered a black eye during SB week.
Sure looks like Tate suffered a black eye during SB week. (USATSI/Getty Images)

It's not anything resembling concrete evidence, but piece everything together -- an apparent injury, Tate's unamicable departure from Seattle, issues with Harvin in 2014 and then a trade to New York -- and the picture starts to take focus. 

CBS Sports Senior Writer

Will Brinson joined CBS Sports in 2010 and enters his seventh season covering the NFL for CBS. He previously wrote for FanHouse along with myriad other Internet sites. A North Carolina native who lives... Full Bio

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