FOUR BITS: Crowder, Harvin, Noah, Calathes

By Adam Silverstein
May 24, 2011

1 » Outspoken Miami Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder told the Sun-Sentinel Tuesday that the current NFL lockout could “mess up integrity of the game” if it continues. “There’s going to be more injuries, it’s going to be real simple football,” he said. “It’s going to mess up the integrity of the game because we’re used to having those OTA’s, minicamps, off-season workouts […] it’s hurting the NFL now and as long as the owners won’t let us go to work it’s going to continue to hurt the game we love.” Crowder has been participating in private workouts with teammates in the offseason and hopes to be in top-notch condition when the season begins…whenever (if ever) that occurs.

2 » In a pairing that may make some Florida Gators fans cringe, Minnesota Vikings rookie quarterback Christian Ponder has reached out to wide receiver Percy Harvin to begin working out together. The former Florida State Seminoles QB and Florida WR could be connecting for touchdowns for quite some time considering Harvin’s impressive athleticism and Ponder being selected with the No. 12 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

[EXPAND Click to expand and read the remainder of this post.]3 » In an extensive question-and-answer session with self-described “out, gay sportswriter” Kevin Arnovitz of ESPN.com, Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah provided additional perspective on how his anger at a fan is not representative of him as a person. Below is a short excerpt from the interview, which can be read here in full.

Arnovitz: I understand. I just wish it hadn’t been you. I mean, that word is hard to hear no matter who says it, but you’re supposed to be one of the enlightened guys. You’re the guy who grew up in Soho and has European parents and friends all over the world. There are a lot of players in the league who, whether because they come from certain backgrounds or maybe choose not to care, don’t surprise me. But you surprised me.

Noah: You know, all my best friends live downtown in New York City. I was made in Soho. Sometimes, when you’re at this level you don’t realize the consequences or how much a word can bother people. My mom’s best friend was gay. We used to call him “Mom.” So I’m disappointed because that’s not me. I didn’t mean any harm to anybody. I don’t want anyone to feel disrespected by what I said, and I understand that’s what’s going to happen. […]

Arnovitz: So it’s safe to say you’re really pissed off at yourself? Moderately pissed off at yourself? Pissed off at the potential consequences?

Noah: I’m pissed off that I’m a distraction to my teammates right now. We’re playing the biggest game of our lives and this is off subject. I’m pissed off that I might’ve offended people.

4 » Though the Gators do have one former player – forward Corey Brewer on the Western Conference Finals leading (3-1) Dallas Mavericks, another could be joining the team shortly. Former Florida point guard Nick Calathes, is currently playing for Panathinaikos in Greece but only has one more year remaining on his deal. With Dallas’ older backcourt and need for big men in the draft this year, there are whispers that Calathes could be playing in the NBA as soon as the 2012-13 season.[/EXPAND]

6 Comments

  1. Razzlegator says:

    He’s(Noah) p!ssed off that he’ a distraction to his teammates. He’s p!ssed off that he might have offended someone. His apology rings hollow with me.

  2. Razzlegator says:

    Noah is pissed off that he’s a distraction for his teammates. He’s pissed off that he might have offended somebody. $50k should indicate to him that he offended somebody. He hasn’t apologized.

  3. Joe says:

    What are you talking about? He apologized numerous times. This is an interview he did. Go back and read the apologies he has given – they are quite different from Kobe’s well-scripted “apology”.

  4. npgator says:

    Who cares if it rings hollow to you! Noah was frustrated and some of those fans are complete A-holes.

    • Razzlegator says:

      Gee, I thought opinions were allowed around here. Feel free to tell me how to think whenever the mood strikes you. I’ll feel free to tell you to fug off.

  5. drew says:

    Razzle, you seem a bit sensitive. Since the mood is striking me, quit whining and get over it. How many people have got caught up in the moment and said something to the effect of what Noah did. I call my little brother a f** all the time. I’m not disrespecting the gay community. For god’s sake this country has become a bunch of little girls always crying about someone that offended them.

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