This Bad Apple Didn't Fall Far From The Crabtree

SB ReportCorrespondent IIAugust 6, 2009

As the regular season continues to creep closer, the San Francisco 49ers and Michael Crabtree keep moving farther apart.

Local sports writers awaited which team Texas Tech WR Michael Crabtree would land with. Would it be Al Davis' Raiders or the Niners?

After being criticized for drafting Heward Bey early in the draft, the Raiders look like the winners a few months later. Because the selection of Crabtree by their neighbor Niners has turned into a complete nightmare. A nightmare that starts with Crabtree threatening to sit out the 2009 season.

But before we look that far ahead, let's take a look at how another team took talent over attitude.

Let's flashback a few months. How many times did we hear about Crabtree's character leading up to the draft?

Even Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini announced that he wouldn't pick him. When was the last time you saw a coach openly take such a firm position on the potential draft status of a player?

For any teams that may have privately called his bluff—you lost.

Michael Crabtree is living up to every ounce of his negative hype. He's actually exceeding expectations.

He has now dug in and announced he is willing to sit out the season to get the money he is worth. How will any team be able to afford what Michael Crabtree thinks he is worth?

Let me correct a previous statement: Crabtree nor his agent have announced anything. This announcement came through David Wells, Crabtree's cousin and adviser.

What a treat it must be as an agent to represent Michael Crabtree and be his actual agent. You can sit back and allow your clients other advisers to do all the work for you. In fact, they are willing to have their moment in the media and make the matter public.

Even Terrell Owens wasn't this bad before he played a down in the NFL. Not even Terrell.

Still, its a little early and we still haven't seen Michael Crabtree's true colors.

But the way things are looking, they won't be red and gold.