Cardinals' Darnell Dockett Reportedly Spit on Teammate's Face, Nation Winces

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterDecember 4, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 17:  Defensive tackle Darnell Dockett #90 of the Arizona Cardinals on the sidelines during the NFL preseason game against the Oakland Raiders at the University of Phoenix Stadium on August 17, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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It seems Darnell Dockett has a thing or two to learn about conflict management, because he may have just spit on Kerry Rhodes' face. 

We will allow the requisite moment after learning about something that gross. 

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk (h/t Larry Brown Sports) reports the defensive end spat in the face of his teammate when he disagreed with a course of action that was discussed. 

The incident reportedly came in the fourth quarter of a game between the Arizona Cardinals and New York Jets, which is like the Three Stooges playing Mr. Bean. 

The Cards were the better team at losing on that day and dropped the game, 7-6. 

It seemed the Cardinals defense wanted to let the Jets score so they could get the ball back. You know, because their offense is really good at scoring. 

Dockett had other ideas about the game and how to properly express himself:

Dockett didn’t want to let the Jets score.  And so he resisted.  And he resisted.  And eventually, as Rhodes was trying to persuade Dockett to go along, Dockett let his saliva do the talking.

The source says that Dockett will indeed be disciplined by the team, and that the team has been hoping to keep the situation under wraps, given that the team currently is in a bit of a free fall, with eight straight losses after a 4-0 start.

There is now a report from AZ Central issuing Kerry Rhodes' side of the story:

Yes, we had a disagreement on the field but, no he did NOT spit in my face. I’m not going to get into all the details because I think those are things you keep within the team. But Darnell and I talked after the game, we’re both moving on and I’ll leave it at that.

Either Florio had a misinformed source or Rhodes is being a good soldier and taking his spitting like a man. 

This may be something blown way out of proportion, but it signals something we already knew before this spitting nonsense.

The Cardinals are having a rough season. 

When you drop your eighth straight game and do it to a team currently wearing the tag of league laughingstock, and then one of your stars is accused of spitting on another's face, you are having a rough go of things.

Either way, nobody disagree with Dockett from here on out.

Let's all head to Twitter for a hootenanny.