Le'Ron McClain: Talkin' Spit To Channing Crowder

Steven SlivkaCorrespondent IIINovember 11, 2010

PITTSBURGH - OCTOBER 03: Le'Ron McClain #33 of the Baltimore Ravens looks on during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on October 3, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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They say spitting in the face of another person is one of the dirtiest, low class actions one could possibly take. Resorting to hawking back and letting one fly in somebody else's face is not only disgusting, it shows a lack of maturity and sportsmanship. Obviously, Le'Ron McClain doesn't feel the same way.

After the Ravens 26-10 victory over the Dolphins on Sunday, Dolphins line backer Channing Crowder signed off on what happened during the third quarter skirmish. During this profanity-laced tirade, Crowder blatantly told reporters of Le'Ron McClain spitting in his face. When Le'Ron McClain was asked about the incident he denied it, saying he "wasn't that kind of player."

Really? He's not the kind of player to spit in another man's face? McClain openly denied the allegations of spitting in Crowder's face, yet video evidence clearly shows him tilting his head back and letting one fly right into the facemask of his opponent. Shortly after the video evidence was brought up, McClain semi-countered his statement saying he was arguing with Crowder, and spit flew. After video evidence showed spit flying into the face of Channing Crowder, McClain recanted and said it wasn't intentional. Why couldn't he say that the first time? To any viewer with common sense, it is clear as day Le'Ron McClain intentionally spit in the face of Channing Crowder.

Why would he feel the need to resort to this juvenile act? The Ravens dominated the entire game, and Crowder was never a factor in the Dolphins defense. Just what was McClain thinking? Needless to say it does not matter what McClain was thinking. He denied the spitting allegations, recanted his denial, then acted as if it never happened. Really? Are we that stupid of a society to where video evidence shows one doing something, yet we still refuse to believe it? It's immensely frustrating knowing McClain won't be fined nor suspended for his cowardly acts. To belittle a player by spitting in his face, then throwing him under the bus to the media is just pathetic.

Let's be honest. Channing Crowder is not the most intelligent player in the NFL. He referenced Stevie Wonder and Anne Frank with the officiating crew. When asked about the Anne Frank reference he admitted to not knowing who she was, and he had mistaken her for Hellen Keller. Regardless of Crowder's immature references, it does not take away from the fact he was spit on by another player and the league has done nothing about it. Can Roger Goodell please get some consistency going here? Or is it going to take an entire team hawking loogies at another during a game to get the point across?