Practice disputes happen all the time in the NFL. Players don’t like being blocked or hit a spoken to a certain way, and they get pissy. But, rarely does the scuffle result in both men being sent to the locker room with the head coach for a period of time.
That’s what happened today at San Francisco 49ers practice. It probably would have been better if it wasn’t between two of the team’s superstars, but it was. Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree got into seriously enough that they had to be sent inside and Singletary followed them. Supposedly, Davis was verbally berating Crabtree at practice and the wide receiver didn’t care for it. And it sounds like this was something that’s been brewing for some time.
According to Singletary, “the elephant in the room has been exposed” and this argument was not about football. Uh oh! Is someone banging someone’s wife?
We doubt it, but we thought we’d throw that idea in the ring.
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Singletary started his post-practice press conference like this:
“How many of you guys have families? … So you have kids, and every now and then your kids have misunderstandings or what have you. And they forget that there is a father at home,” Singletary said. “Vernon and Crabtree — just to let you know — I will not talk about the issue. But I will talk about this. They were both wrong. And we will not have distractions on this team. Vernon just forgot temporarily that this is not allowed. We don’t do that. We don’t treat family like that. We don’t disrespect each other. I just needed to remind him that’s not who were are.”
But, apparently Davis had the right idea, he just went about it the wrong way. Singletary said that Davis “did the right thing but did it the wrong way.”
Sounds to us like Crabtree needed to be informed of something but that Davis did it in idiot fashion.