After determining that Percy Harvin, for all his explosiveness and playmaking ability, wasn't a good fit in Seattle, the Seahawks shipped him to the Jets on Friday, 19 months after they acquired him from Minnesota. In the hours since, various reports have emerged of Harvin's inability to get along with his teammates.
On Sunday morning, Harvin's former Seahawks teammate, Michael Robinson, said he was the one who broke up the fight between Harvin and wideout Golden Tate the day before last season's Super Bowl.
"Something did go on at the Super Bowl that a lot of fans don't know about," Robinson told NFL GameDay First, via NFL.com. "There was an altercation in the locker room between Percy Harvin and Golden Tate. It saddens me because I was a leader on that team and to know that this information got out -- usually Pete Carroll-coached teams, this type of thing stays in-house. There was an issue, I physically broke it up, I was there, you would have to ask those guys what they were arguing about, I'm not at liberty to talk about it. ...
"We kind of talked about it afterwards," Robinson continued. "I talked to Percy and Golden and they ironed their situation out. But again, you've been in locker rooms, these type of things happen all the time. Families fight. That is what is so disturbing. Again, this type of information usually doesn't get out of that locker room. Why it comes out now, almost a year after the Super Bowl is mind-boggling."
It came out now because someone wants to paint Harvin as a locker-room cancer, which was already pretty well known based on his track record dating back to high school.
But the bigger story that no one's talking about is that the incident was kept under wraps for more than eight months, which has everything to do with the cliche that certainly holds true here: Winning fixes nearly everything. But six weeks into the 2014 season, coach Peter Carroll and general manager John Schneider, decided that, at 3-2, Harvin wasn't worth the hassle and sent him on his way for a conditional sixth-round pick.